Although being vegan in Southeast Asia does own certain challenges that you will not find elsewhere in the Western world, it is actually not as difficult as a lot of people might think. Although what can be an exciting, surprising and rewarding experience is doing the extra research, learning a few foreign words and speaking with your hands to the locals, stumbling on a vegan menu when you are miles away from home and ravenous is a truly great memory. Indochina travel Cambodia
The Vegetarian, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
To visit this little slice of heaven in the center of sweltering Phnom Penh, the shaded terrace is a reason alone. As the name of this restaurant suggests, the menu at The Vegetarian is not fully vegan, but gourmets can be able to pick from an extensive choice of Chinese, Indian, Thai, Cambodian as well as Western dishes and an amazing juice menu and especially, the waitresses have a good understanding of veganism. What you will certainly find at this cute and homey restaurant are ultimate freshness, relaxation from the bustle and hustle and fair prices.
Veggie Tables, Vang Vieng, Laos
Making your way around South East Asia’s banana trail with a stop at this quiet restaurant in the heart of picturesque Vang Vieng to give your taste buds a break from MSG and overly salted dishes. It is such a pity that there is no view over the beautiful mountains here, however, the very fresh and unpretentious homey food more than makes up for it. The most attractive backpacker staples including: laarb and stir fried vegetables are enhanced with intricately mixed spices and herbs, elevating the dishes one notch above all the other restaurants in the surrounding areas. And best of all, most of it is vegan.
Be Kind to Animals the Moon Vegetarian Restaurant, Bagan, Myanmar
A lovely garden restaurant with reasonable prices and friendly service is what you can find at the little green oasis of a vegetarian restaurant of Be Kind to Animals the Moon Vegetarian Restaurant in the mysterious city of Bagan, Myanmar. Although this restaurant, which is a little on the touristy side, is always filled with temple-goers, you will be so delighted to see all those vegan options in a country that is otherwise rather challenging that you might not have cared a bit. The complimentary homemade tamarind sweets are a nice touch while tea leaf salad, tomato salad with the lentil soup with ginger are absolutely delicious. Top notch ginger lime tea and Americano seal the deal. ho chi minh to phnom penh by boat
Peace Café, Siem Reap, Cambodia
For those who are seeking for some shade after a sweaty day out discovering some of the incredible wonders of Angkor, the Peace Café, which has yoga classes, a vegetarian cooking school and a beautiful restaurant with several vegan options, all set in a lovely garden with giant trees and plush sofas. Including Asian and Western dishes ranging from a zingy Khmer red curry, crunchy veggie sushi, a delicious pomelo salad to very refreshing healthy juices, the menu is pretty extensive. This café is another little oasis well worth your visit.
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