How to Find and Order Vegan Food in Krabi, Thailand
Last updated on October 10th, 2023
If you’re a vegan planning a trip to Krabi, Thailand, you might be wondering, “Is Krabi vegan-friendly?” The good news is that while Krabi may not be as well-known for its vegan food as some other destinations around Thailand, you can still enjoy delicious plant-based meals during your visit.
Keep reading because I’ll show you how to find and order vegan food in Krabi while keeping it simple and straightforward.
Is Krabi Vegan Friendly?
Yes, Krabi is pretty vegan-friendly.
While Krabi may not have the same reputation for veganism as some other cities in Thailand like Chiang Mai and Phuket, you can certainly find vegan options if you know where to look.
What are the Most Vegan-Friendly Areas in Krabi?
Ao Nang Beach and Krabi Town Both have a number of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants.
When searching for vegan food in Krabi, or in many other places in South East Asia, a useful tip is to look for areas known for their yoga and meditation centres or retreats, they often have plant-based places to get food nearby.
If you’re unsure where to begin your vegan food quest, you could also have a quick Google search for “Vegan food in Krabi”. Then look on the map for areas with a concentration of vegan restaurants, and before making a decision you can stroll around to explore your choices.
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How to Find Vegan Food in Krabi?
If you’re not using the Happy Cow app you’re missing out! It’s my go-to for vegan food while travelling.
TripAdvisor and Google are also great for discovering vegan-friendly restaurants in Krabi for you and your non-vegan travel buddies. On these you can find reviews and ratings, making it easier to choose a place that suits you all.
Walk the Streets
Exploring Krabi’s streets can be an adventure in itself. Keep an eye out for signs that feature the word “Jae” (เจ) or “Jay.” Although it doesn’t guarantee entirely vegan food, it indicates that the restaurant is familiar with vegan dishes.
These signs usually have red writing on a yellow background, making them stand out. The word “Jae” (เจ) looks like the number 17 so it’s pretty easy to recognise.
Ask Locals and Fellow Travelers
Don’t be shy, start some conversations. Ask for recommendations from locals and fellow travellers. Sometimes, locals can offer helpful info about the best vegan spots, while fellow travellers may have recently discovered hidden gems and will be excited to tell you all about them.
What Are Must-Try Vegan Dishes in Krabi?
While in Krabi, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in some delicious vegan Thai dishes. Be sure to try some Thai favourites like vegan Pad Thai, Green Curry, and for dessert, Mango Sticky Rice. Or if you’re choosing from a fully vegan menu just close your eyes and point, I bet it will be delicious.
How to Order Vegan Food in Krabi?
When you find a promising restaurant, it’s time to make sure it is actually vegan food you’re ordering. While many Thais understand veganism, being specific can help you feel confident your meal is actually vegan. I find that being certain you’re eating vegan food means you enjoy your meal a heck of a lot more.
Thai words and phrases to help you order vegan food:
- I am vegan: ฉันทานเจค่ะ (Chan taan jay ka)
- I don’t eat meat: ฉันไม่ทานเนื้อสัตว์ค่ะ (Chan mai taan nuea satwa ka)
- I don’t eat: ฉันไม่กิน (Chan mai gin)
- Meat: เนื้อ (Nuea)
- Chicken: ไก่ (Gai)
- Eggs: ไข่ (Khai)
- Fish: ปลา (Pla)
- Fish Sauce: น้ำปลา (Nam pla)
- Shrimp: กุ้ง (Goong)
- Milk: น้ำนม (Nam nom)
- Honey: น้ำผึ้ง (Nam phueng)
Keep a screenshot or a printed copy of these phrases handy so you have them when you need them.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to connect with locals, you can use Google Translate to learn how to pronounce these phrases yourself.
Or if you want the easy option and you have internet access while on the go, Google Translate can even help you communicate with locals by doing the speaking for you.
Can I Find Vegan Street Food in Krabi?
Yes, you can! While Krabi may not be as famous for its vegan street food as some other spots in Thailand, you can still find tasty options. Look for stalls selling fresh fruit, crispy tofu, grilled corn, veggie noodles and vegetable spring rolls. Always check ingredients though, especially knowing that sneaky fish sauce seems to end up in everything…. hopefully not the fresh fruit!
Is There Vegan-Friendly Accommodation in Krabi?
For vegan-friendly accommodation options in Krabi, consider the following:
1. Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Resort: I read this resort offers a variety of vegan options in both its breakfast buffet and restaurant menu. They even have a unique pillow menu where you can choose vegan pillows!
2. The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort: This boutique resort is known for accommodating vegans by creating vegan versions of most dishes on their regular menu.
Before booking either of these, make sure they still have all their good vegan stuff going on.
In conclusion, while Krabi may not be the vegan capital of Thailand, with these tips and a bit of exploration, you can absolutely enjoy Krabi as a vegan. Bon appétit!
If you want to see more of my vegan travel experiences check out my Vegan Food on Tour Page.
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