People nowadays have started to live healthily and watch what they consume on a daily basis. With many diseases that has caught the attention of people all over the world, it’s no surprise that the society has developed various types of diet. One diet in particular that has grown and rising quite impressively is veganism.
As we all know, veganism is a kind of diet that doesn’t include any form of animal products. However, it’s more than just a diet, vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, such as: clothing, makeup, bathroom items, and so on. For the diet alone, vegan diet consumes all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses.
Speaking of vegan diet, Southeast Asia is one of the most vegan-friendly destinations in the world. Having a wide range of dishes made from fresh and plant-based ingredients, some of the most popular Southeast Asian cuisine revolves around ingredients like tofu, fresh vegetables, and rice noodles. On the list below is the top vegan travel destination in Southeast Asia which highlights the key factors that makes these cities stand out. So, if you’re a vegan traveller, finding places to eat in Southeast Asia would be a piece of cake, so to speak.
When mentioning Indonesia, one of the top destination comes in mind must be Bali. For vegan travellers, make sure to put Ubud in the itinerary for a place to munch, as Ubud is one of the most vegan-friendly cities on earth. Recommendation in Ubud would be Raw Vegan Pad Thai and Walnut Taco Meat at Alchemy, and of course the famous classic Balinese dish of Nasi Campur at Sopa Warung.
Known as a melting pot of 3 diverse cultures (Malay, Chinese, Indian), Penang vegan cuisine offer a fusion of these varied cultures. The distinct cuisines are so extraordinarily delightful and unique, that it just can’t be passed up on! Some of the foods that needs to be tried in Penang are Pumpkin Black Bean Burger at Wholey Wonder, and the ravishing vegan cheesecakes or the adorable green tea chocolate cake at Cloud Dreaming Vegan Cake House.
Rated as the second most vegan-friendly city in all of Asia in 2017, it’s no surprise that Singapore is on this list. The best vegan dishes in Singapore is the realistic-tasting Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger at VeganBurg, as well as Raw Vegan Cheese Platter or Raw Macadamia Nut Lasagne Afterglow by Anglow.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Recently recognised by PETA as one of Asia’s top 10 most vegan-friendly cities, Ho Chi Minh City has extensive amount of vegan-friendly restaurants. Top dishes you must try at Ho Chi Minh City are the famously outstanding vegan hot pots at Bong Sung Vegetarian Food & Coffee, and Cuon Drep or yellow curry with tender potatoes to taste the home-made, authentic North Vietnamese cuisine at Tib Chay.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Visiting Thailand, the ultimate vegan spots to travel in the country is Chiang Mai. This vegan-friendly city has a plethora of vegan, organic and even raw cuisines all over the place that sure will spoil your palate. Try Pumpkin or massaman curries (the tastiest vegan curries in all of Chiang Mai) at Anchan Organic, and the famous Thai-herb Veggie Sausages at Pun Pun Organic.