Vegan and vegetarian food in Thailand – Pai
I’ve heard about Pai long before I ever planed a trip to Thailand. In 2009, while in India, I met a German guy who told me, I should go to Pai, a little tiny city in northern Thailand with a very progressive and alternative crowd.
So, I guess it was time to visit Pai, the famous hippy haven.
After a 3 hour bus ride from Chiang Mai and almost 800 curves we arrived to Pai.
My stomach complained the whole way, the way up to the mountains is really hard, the mini van drivers drive too fast, so we felt absolutely every little move and for most of the time I felt like some sort of merchandise at a back of a speedy van who had no problems driving in a totally crazy way up hill.
Next to me, there was a group of Chinese girls who were struggling not to vomit!
If you’re making your way up to Pai, get some pills for motion sickness first.
Once in Pai, I began to explore the food scene and I was very happy with what I found! A great variety of vegan and vegetarian food at affordable prices everywhere!
VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD IN PAI
PURE VEGAN FOOD – CHEW XIN JAI
222 Moo 4 T. wingtai – PAI
This is the only 100% vegetarian restaurant in Pai. The whole menu features vegan foods only and offers great variety. It’s a Chinese restaurant.
Don’t expect to find a lot of Thai culture in here, Pai is mainly westernized, but it doesn’t feel fake at all. It seemed to me that most Thais around here assimilated the western culture, mixed with their own and formed something hybrid, very interesting and welcoming.
You can find both traditional Thai foods as well as continental options. The vegan and vegetarian food in Thailand is very fresh and Pai is not exception.
THE GOOD LIFE
Soi 1 Tel:08-4378-5950
VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT & SUKI- YAKI
This restaurant is actually not a vegetarian restaurant. I went there for lunch once and found out they serve both vegetarian and meat based dishes.
OM GARDEN CAFE
For western Foods, try Julie Coffee.
|A beautifu place to have coffe and bakery products|
PAI JAIDEE THAI-GERMAN RESTAURANT
German- Thai food, might sound like a strange combination, but this one serves hybrid foods.
|The flowers are amazing!|
|762 curves to reach Pai|
STREET FOOD IN PAI
Everyday, there’s a street market in Pai with lots of food, half of them vegan.
There’s spring rolls for 30thb, french fries, fruit, shakes and lately, there was a lady selling western food, like vegetarian lasagna, pasta, etc.
|Vegan spring rolls for 30thb|
|My first western food in a long time!|
I made a short film of the market in Pai, with my friends Abby and Stefano. She’s a great singer and was craving for pancakes!
Pai is a little paradise I will explore in depth, there are lots of things to do, in the city and surroundings. I fell in love with pai!
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