I couldn’t possibly tell you about my visit to Chiang Mai without sharing some of the veg eats I had in the area. Here are some of my favourites.
Thanks to recommendations from the internet and a trusty Lonely Planet book (a must when travelling), Chiang Mai provided a good selection of places to score a vegetarian feed. If only I had the time to visit them all!
My first stop was lunch at Aum Vegetarian Restaurant. This cosy cafe seems popular with tourists, perhaps because the menu offers a mix of Thai and western dishes. I went for a refreshing pineapple and lemon shake and a veg burger with homemade chips. I know, it’s not your traditional Thai dish but it was a nice to eat something a little different.
At a cooking class with the tour group, I discovered one of my favourite Thai desserts – sticky rice with mango. I’m not usually a sweet rice type of gal but this is warm and coconutty and so lovely with fresh mango. We also made a Thai green curry which came together much quicker than I expected.
After hanging out cute kittos in Bangkok, I really didn’t expect to be eating with more furry pals. Karma Kitchen was a vegetarian cafe on my list and it was a huge bonus when I arrived and met their resident animals – two cats and two dogs. The two pooches came straight to our table and slept at my feet as we ate. We tried fresh juices, an enormous falafel wrap and curry and rice. I could have spent all day there in the air con with those friendly furkids.
Taa Peng Cat wasn’t a vegetarian cafe or a place on my list but it was a super hot day and I was in need of a refreshing drink. I sat down for an iced tea and ice cream sundae and got to talking to the cafe owner. He told me about his cat who is severely disabled, that he takes care of and even brings to the cafe. I was so touched that there are people who are so kind to animals, it made me realise that this was the reason I was drawn to visit this place.
Chiang Mai (and the whole of Thailand) offered so many great vegetarian eats. I’m sure they’ll be even more by the time I get to go back, and I hope to try even more of them next time.
Up next: Some of the amazing elephant encounters I had in Chiang Mai.
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