Where to Eat in Koh Phi Phi and Phuket If You’re Vegetarian or Vegan

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If you’re vegetarian or vegan and looking to visit the islands of Koh Phi Phi or Phuket, then you’re in for a treat. Thai food has a long history of amazing vegetarian-friendly food with their history of Buddhism, where monks don’t eat any animal products. This is combined with amazing Thai foods such as the pad thai and red and green curries. These are all often made with tofu as a meat alternative and are some of the best dishes you can buy, often for very reasonable prices.


Perfect for when you’re looking for something local, the place really does what it says on the tin – they only do noodles! The place is small and only has a few tables along with the kitchen, so you get a very intimate experience. You can get pad thai, big or yellow noodles which are all vegan, apart from the yellow variety which is vegetarian. If you’re vegan, keep an eye out for fish sauce and ask for it to be removed if possible. If you’re eating pad thai, make sure to add peanuts for a perfectly balanced meal.

Papaya Restaurant

If you’re looking for top-tier Thai food, then Papaya is the place to go. They have all the Thai classics including pad thai, of course, but also do some of the best red, green, and yellow curry you’ll ever eat. If you’re vegan, make sure to ask for no egg. You should also think about trying their salads and fried rice if you’re looking for something lighter.  

Brownie Unni’s

If you’ve had enough of Thai food for a while and have a craving for Mexican food, try Unni’s. Getting away from noodles is necessary sometimes, and you can get all the Mexican food you desire here, from tacos to burritos, which can be doubled up if you’re really in the mood. All their food comes with great portions of cheese, salsa, and spices to fill you up. If you’re vegan, simply avoid the cheese, and you’re going to be in for a delicious meal.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

If you want to really find the best vegetarian and vegan food on the islands, visit the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The festival is put on to celebrate and promote the traditional Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Over the nine days of the festival, people eat vegan food and don’t eat any meat or dairy products as a showing to the gods. They also wear white clothes and spend time at the shrines and temples to pray to the gods. You’ll find special flags outside of food venues that are offering food for the festival, which is almost all-vegan and vegetarian. This is like a heaven for anyone who doesn’t eat animal products, and you can be sure that everything you’re getting is wholesome and tasty.

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