Koh Lanta Vegan Food Tour- Your guide to Plant-Based Koh Lanta!
Koh Lanta is a large island located in the Krabi Province of central Thailand in Southeast Asia. The island is known for being much less developed than other popular Thailand destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui. Being less developed, Koh Lanta has a very laid back, relaxed vibe offering some of the best beaches I’ve seen in all of Thailand. The veggie options in Koh Lanta were plentiful, and I had the pleasure of exploring several restaurants during my week long stay. Enjoy my vegan guide to Koh Lanta, Thailand!
This restaurant has the best Thai food I have eaten in my two months of travel throughout Thailand. Yawee is a traditional Thai restaurant, not a vegan/vegetarian specific location. The best massaman curry I’ve ever had, amazing fried tofu, and incredibly kind service staff awaits you here. We ended up eating here almost every night after discovering it. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing restaurant. But be careful not to drive right past it, as it’s very nondescript. I can’t recommend this place enough. Website: https://www.facebook.com/yaweerestaurant
2. Kaya Cafe
Kaya Cafe was definitely my favorite vegan specific restaurant on Koh Lanta from a food perspective. Both my drink and smoothie bowl were delicious and refreshing. The smoothie bowl included many superfoods, making for a very healthy start to the day. The service during my visit was less than desirable, but I won’t fault them for possibly just having an overly busy moment. If you want to know more specifics, check out my full review in the linked title. I highly recommend Kaya Cafe if you only have the chance to visit one vegan restaurant on Koh Lanta. Website: https://www.facebook.com/kayacaffelanta/
3. Catfish Restaurant
Catfish Restaurant was completely charming and wonderful, with a bookstore in the front and restaurant in the back. While the restaurant itself is not a vegan/vegetarian specific place, they advertised as having an extensive plant-based menu and I was not at all disappointed by their options. From Thai to Western options, Catfish had plenty of veggie dishes to keep you satisfied. Also, I can’t forget to mention the dozens of adorable cats that are your dining partners as they lounge throughout the restaurant, almost like an unofficial cat cafe. Don’t miss out on this great veggie spot! Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g303905-d2718005-Reviews-Catfish_Bookshop_Restaurant-Ko_Lanta_Krabi_Province.html
4. Happy Veggie
Although not my favorite place on Koh Lanta, Happy Veggie offered a nice menu with some great options. The particular dishes I ordered were very average, which is a shame because of all the great vegan food I’ve had in Thailand. Both the pasta and burger were decent, just nothing special. The restaurant itself is very cute though with some great design. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have extra time and wanted to go somewhere new. Website: https://www.happyveggiekohlanta.com/
5. Loro Loco
Loro Loco is a falafel and pizza restaurant, offering many vegan and vegetarian options. While offering burgers and other staples, we decided to try their vegetarian pizza. The pizza was not very good, but I haven’t been able to find a decent pizza in Thailand anyway. We also got their homemade hummus, which was very good. Although our pizza wasn’t great, that shouldn’t stop you from trying out their vegan options. The menu looked quite good otherwise. I hope you enjoy your visit. Website: https://www.facebook.com/loroloco2/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel&eid=ARC1TYkSxNgWSDhbfuj-8CV5xAzt0NjHK67aW36O9fxH2RNmRVToPtbGro6nIX9tjpzkjPPfSK96k_i-
Veggie Options Overview
Koh Lanta was a fabulous island to visit and I would definitely return. There were many restaurants that we visited on Koh Lanta that had vegan/vegetarian options, but I didn’t know the names of to mention. The island offers many beachfront cafes and restaurants that offer veggie food. As always there were restaurants that I didn’t have time to visit, so keep that in mind while doing your research.
Overtourism has definitely become an issue throughout Thailand as the country gains more popularity, but Koh Lanta still seems rather untouched. I imagine much of Thailand was similar to Koh Lanta ten or so years ago. One of the most fun activities on the island is to rent a scooter and drive around the coast. The views are incredible and you can discover some really private areas, including some very secluded beach areas.
If you decide to visit Koh Lanta, I hope you have a truly wonderful visit. Koh Lanta was easily the quietest and most relaxed Thai island I have visited and the vibe of the island really reflects that. Also, don’t be scared to travel to some of the surrounding islands. Although I didn’t visit many, there are some really magical places in Thailand.
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