In my first 'Vegan Food Guide in Chiang Mai' here, I shared my Top 5 Vegan/Vegan-friendly cafes. As there are many who requested for me to share more about eating in Chiang Mai, I decided to do a Part 2 of this guide.Read More
Hello everyone! I am back from yet another hiatus. Sometimes I wonder if there is anyone who is still keeping up with my blog. It's been months and I miss writing content on here and thought it's about time that I share my 'Vegan food guide in Chiang Mai' for those who are interested (or travelling there soon and would love to have some recommendations)
I was in Chiang Mai for 2 weeks in June this year. It was a really memorable trip, making new friends and forging unforgettable memories. I also went to a few different cafes to eat hence this guide would be in 2 parts.
Part 1 would be my Top 5 favourites and Part 2 would just consist of the other places that I went to.
1. Imm Aim Vegetarian & Bike Cafe
This is one restaurant where you will see huge groups of Vegans dining together. With large portions of food at affordable pricing, there is no doubt this restaurant is on everyone's 'List of Favourite Cafes in Chiang Mai'. My favourite is the 'Pad thai' and 'avocado sandwich'. In the entire trip, I probably visited this place three to four times. With so many items on their menu, you can't visit only once. Not to mention, the owner is really friendly too, so say hi when you are there!
Address: 7/3 Santirak Road [Near Santitham Temple] Chiang Mai 50300
Opening Hours: 10AM - 8PM
2. Happy Green
Now this is indeed every high carb vegan's favourite hangout especially during dinner. It's a buffet which also means free flow of carbs(!!!!) I can't remember the exact amount I paid for the meal... probably 200 or 250baht and it was so worth it. However, we went during lunch time so the selection of food was not so great but still decent (as above image) - the potato salad and Green Curry was my favourite. In my opinion, it is better if you head over during dinner time. You may also be able to meet new people and have a chat with them.
I heard you also get a discount when you come on a push bike!
Address: 4/3, Soi 3, Pa Daet, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100
Opening Hours: 9AM - 7PM (Close on Mondays)
3. Blue Diamond
The most visited cafe this trip has got to be Blue Diamond. Quite regularly, the girls and I will get breakfast here before starting our day. You cannot say no to the cinnamon rolls because they are SO good! Honestly the best ones I have tried!
Blue Diamond is not a Vegan or Vegetarian cafe but they have tons of Vegan options especially for their desserts.
I also tried the Pad Thai and Khao Soi over at Blue Diamond and it is not too bad. It is within the old city so you will be bound to see other cafes while walking here. By Hand Pizza is also a walking distance from Blue Diamond.
They offer Free Wifi so you can sit in and chill with your smoothie ;)
Address: 35/1 MoonMuang Road, Soi 9, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: 7AM - 8:30 PM
*Do note that this is not a completely Vegan restaurant
4. Street Pizza and The Wine Houzz
Another Non-Vegan/Vegetarian place, but if you are a pizza lover you got to check this place out. I love the crust of the pizza as it's not too thick. Plus they use a stone oven to cook their pizza - Bonus! Simply request for no cheese and ask them to top your pizza with more veg! The staff are more than willing to do so :)
Address: 7-15 Thapae Rd. | Close to SCB Bank, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11:30AM - 11PM
*Do note that this is not a completely Vegan restaurant
5. Aum Vegetarian
At Aum, there is such a wide variety of food that you will be spoiled for choice. Not to mention that the prices are rather affordable as well. Hearing how good the dumplings at Aum were, I decided to give it a try. I also ordered a Pineapple fried rice and Avocado Maki. The Pineapple fried rice was so-so and so was the Avocado Maki. But I do have to give it to the dumplings this time round.
Perhaps I still prefer my sushi with white rice instead of brown and same goes for my fried rice. The food at Aum however, were cooked really healthily, no oil and not very salty too.
Great for those who are oil-free and salt-free, as well as the health conscious ones :) They have a cozy second floor sitting, great for hanging out with large groups.
Address: Tailandia, 319 Mun Mueang Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100 Opening Hours: 10.30AM - 8.30PM
These are my Top 5 favourite Vegan/Vegan-friendly cafes in Chiang Mai! More reviews of the other cafes I went coming up in Part 2 :) If you have been to Chiang Mai, let me know which are your favourites, and if you plan to visit Chiang Mai, I hope this will be helpful to you!
You can also check out my Youtube Channel where I vlogged everyday in Chiang Mai :)
Continuing on with part 2 of #jasexploreschiangmai!
Waking up at 430am was such a struggle, but we did it anyway to catch the sunrise. It was a 1-hour drive to the mountain from our accommodation and another additional 5-10 minutes drive up to the peak of the mountain.
Unfortunately, luck was not on our side that day because of the thick fog and mist. Once the skies got brighter, we knew we had missed the sunrise. However, the drive down the mountain made our trip more worthwhile because of the spectacular view. We were so high up that we were amongst the clouds and overlooking the mountains below us. The beauty of nature never fails to mesmerize me.
Our amazing view back at Upcountry Bungalows!
They also have a garden where they grow different varieties of vegetables which are used to cook for their guests. And the adorable beagle is their house pet! She wouldn't stop coming to us to play :')
Breakfast was rice with green curry, made vegan for me upon request. Thai Green Curry is one of my absolute favourites and a must-order when I'm in Thailand. After breakfast, we headed to a tea plantation. They have a variety of tea leaves which you are able to purchase from their store. Check out my Chiang Rai vlog here.
Back into the vehicle for a 3-hour drive down to a little village to have lunch and visit a historical museum. It was about a war between China and Thailand many years ago. We were told that in this village, most of their ancestors were from China because they did not leave Thailand after the war. Thankfully It was easy to order my lunch because the villagers understood mandarin. I got rice with stir fry veggie with less oil and salt.
Next up was the Golden Triangle. The landscape is hilly, divided by the Ruak River that flows into the Mekong (Mae Khong) River. These rivers form a natural boundary between the three countries Laos (to the east of the Mekong), Myanmar (to the north of the Ruak), and Thailand (to the west of the Mae Khong). By then it was nearing dark fall. It was our last stop of the day before we drove to Chiang Mai.
That sums up our trip to Chiang Rai!
Read my Vegan food guide in Chiang Mai (part 1) here.
Chiang Rai - A city not known to many, tucked away in a northern corner of Thailand. It is 860 kilometres north of Bangkok, about 200 kilometres northeast of Chiang Mai. Filled with natural beauty, this city is one that's not to be missed.
In a nutshell, it's Chiang Mai - but the quieter neighbour with more mountains and a slightly cooler temperature. My mum made a last-minute decision to drop by Chiang Rai, after booking flights to Chiang Mai (pretty confusing, yes) but I'm glad she did. Despite having to drive 3 hours up to Chiang Rai, it was all worth it.
If you did not get to book direct flights to Chiang Mai, transiting at Bangkok can be quite tedious especially on your return flight. We took 2 hours to transit from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, for our flight back home to Singapore. It would be best to get a direct flight if you wish to save the time and worry of missing your next plane home.
For this trip, we took Thai Airway and I'm never disappointed with their service. Silkair does direct flights to Chiang Mai (if anyone is wondering)We booked a driver from Trip advisor for the entire trip.
Wherever we wanted to go, he'd bring us there. So, of course it is not like Thai Fruit Fest where everyone cycles around. But, definitely can't wait to head back in June to have the whole experience.
While driving up to Chiang Rai, we took a pit stop at the hot springs. My mum and I were expecting something bigger. And our faces when we saw the hot springs... speechless.
There were tons of shops there selling apparels, food, drinks, souveneirs and little knick knacks, even a 7-11! That way you don't have to worry about being hungry while on the road.
I love this coffee stand - definitely something I wouldn't get to see in Singapore. With the lack of communication, I was afraid to patronage at the stall, but my sister had an ice coffee and she said it was good. Super cheap and a big serving as well!
From here, we drove to the famous white temple, also known as Wat Rong Khun. It is a contemporary, unconventional art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai. It's opened all year round and there is no admission charge for all.
I don't think I have ever told anyone this, but I wanted to pursue a Diploma in Interior Design. Of course, that did not happen, but I do appreciate architecture. When I saw this building, I fell in love immediately! It was so structured and detailed that it stood out so well. The reflection of it against the water was so beautiful!
You definitely would not miss the toilet when you are there. But, don't mistake it for a temple since it's painted gold. Yes, gold. The entire building, even the toilet cubicles are gold.
If you watched my Chiang Rai Day 1 vlog, you would have seen the interior of the toilet - how the walls and doors were all painted gold.
It was so crowded with so many tour groups coming in, so my family and I left shortly after. We treated ourselves to mango sticky rice because why not? After all, we were in Thailand and you can't go to Thailand without having mango sticky rice! ;) Not forgetting a cup of mangoes that we bought that were so sweet!
P.s: These were all shot in my vlog: http://bit.ly/1Pk4RVM I filmed my entire trip and uploaded the daily vlogs on my Youtube channel. Do give it a watch if you haven't already :)
We stayed in Upcountry Bungalows, halfway up the mountains so it was pretty chilly up there. Our rooms were connected (I shared one room with my sis, and my parents had the other) and really spacious as well. The toilets were clean and there was an outdoor shower area.
If you have seen my Instagram post, you'd have seen the Beagle that lives there. Her fur was so soft and she was so gentle! I couldn't keep my eyes off her. The next morning, she looked for me to play - how cute?!
Soi 1 Mu 5, อ.เทิง Phu Sang District, Chiang Rai 57160, Thailand http://www.upcountrybungalows.com/
At Upcountry Bungalows, they have a huge garden filled with pretty flowers (you'll see it in my next post), and they also grow their own vegetables so the food we had was really really fresh.
After helping us with our luggage, they immediately got us to the dining area and told us they will be serving us dinner. I love how they were so friendly and accommodating to us.
The staff there only understood basic English, so I had to use Google Translate to tell them that I am a Vegan, and I also do not wish to have fish sauce, egg or dairy in my food. They seem to understand it well, so I'm hoping there wasn't any miscommunication between the waitress and the chef.
They cooked 2 different stir-fry veg for me and I had it with plain white rice (of course) The food was good, but slightly oily and salty.
After dinner, we called in a night and headed back to our rooms to rest because we had a reeaally long day. We also set our alarms for 430am the next day because we were going up the mountains to catch the sunrise!
Day 1 was basically driving up to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai and doing really touristy stuff. But it gets more exciting so stay tuned for the other posts coming soon!
A week ago Singapore celebrated her 50th birthday, and so my best buddies and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend to spend time with mother nature. Macritchie Treetop Walk for starters, we thought. Instead of thinking how tiring/strenuous it will be, we played music, talked, laughed, snapped and videoed our way through the whole 8km. We first thought our day wouldn't go as planned because it was pouring since 8am and our meeting time was 830am. It was only 'mission accomplished' later in the afternoon when the sun was out again around 12pm. I guess the rain did help the hike a little because it wasn't as humid, but we had muddy shoes after.
This wasn't my first time there because I've been to the walk about twice with my family when I was younger. But it was definitely a great experience with my buddies and I'm glad they had fun too. Adding 1 million friendship points for the both of you, for always being so eager to do all these things with me.
Our next adventure awaits xx
Going to Bangkok has been on my 'Countries To-Go' list for a really really long time. The first time i was there, i was merely less than 10 years old. I could hardly remember anything. Years flew pass and Bangkok became a shopping destination for many foreigners, especially Singaporeans. I knew i had to go there one day, but the question was when.My mum and i made a very impromptu decision 3 weeks ago to book flights to Bangkok. We started comparing ticket prices and settled for Singapore Airlines (SIA). Lucky for us, SIA was having a '2 to go' super deal, and our tickets cost us $599 in total. Indeed a super deal i would say. I did not get to snap much pictures of the beautiful city because i was mainly shopping indoors. Only on my last day, when i visited the weekend market (chatuchak), i managed to get some shots. I also vlogged a bit so stay tuned for the video coming up soon :)
Travelling overseas as a vegan may be rather challenging as many would say. Even tho i did some research on vegan eateries in Bangkok, considering the language barrier and how unfamiliar i was with the street names, it was mission impossible.Thankfully, the locals understand what 'vegetarian' is. Even if you step into a restaurant that does not serve a vegetarian menu, simply tell them that you're vegetarian and the dish you ordered would be plant based. No eggs, no dairy. However, just to be safe, remind them that you do not want any egg in your dish. So far, all the places i dined at managed to get my order correct so i was pretty contented.
Chiang Mai however, would be a better city for vegans to visit. Plenty of fruits and vegan cafes available for you everywhere. One reason why i would really love to attend the Thai fruit festival at Chiang Mai next year. P.s: Anyone who's interested to go, please holla at me :) I'm so jealous and envy of everyone who went this year!
Everything was ridiculously cheap - even room service was so affordable!! Even dining at food courts would cost max SGD$3 per person. I wish food prices in Singapore were that cheap :( We weren't so adventurous with the street food since I know it would not be to my favour. But i had countless servings of mango sticky rice! It's a must try!!!
Since it was more of a shopping cum relaxation trip, my mum and i would shop from 11am till 7/8pm, have our dinner before making our way back to the hotel. Luckily for us, there's a spa and massage place in our hotel, so we both did a massage on our last night. I was never fond of it because i'm very ticklish but it was bearable, i even fell asleep! Spent a total of $320+ on apparels, shoes, bags and little trinkets :)
Spent the morning at Chatuchak before heading to the airport to catch our flight back. Bangkok has been truly amazing and i can't believe it has been 2 weeks. Time is passing way too fast! It's already July....