20 Vegan Friendly Restaurants to Try in Koh Phangan

15th October 2015

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. vegan banana split at Karma Kafe.

Koh Phangan swallowed me whole with its beautiful vistas, beaches, people, food and everything that comes with it. I was coming for one week and I stayed for one month. And I would have stayed longer, I tell you. You can read the story of how I fell in love with the place last year right here. For now though, let’s talk about the food!

Most vegan restaurants on Koh Phangan are located in Srithanu, the heart of the yoga community and my favorite area of the island. Note that a lot of places are closed in the afternoon. I don’t have the opening time for everything unfortunately, but if you like to eat at random hours like I often do, beware that places such as Green Gallery and Eat.Co are closed in the afternoon. Better call ahead to be safe, so I’ve listed the phone numbers.

1. ORION HEALING CENTER AND YOGA

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Orion Healing Center

Delicious healthy food in a peaceful setting by a small bay with beautiful views filled with equally beautiful and healthy-looking people. Vegan and raw vegan mostly Western menu that is prepared with great care and organic ingredients – as such the prices are understandably a little high compared with elsewhere. The juice and smoothie menu is filled with green concoctions that make me miss my blender dearly. Check out their detox programs and yoga schedule.
077 445 966
Srithanu

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2. EAT.CO

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Eat.Co

Everything vegan, fare from all over the world including thali, teriyaki ‘chicken’, kebabs, scrambled tofu, pho, couscous, etc. I had the daily special: a mix of three delicious salads (the potato salad with dill especially tickled my fancy), dahl, a piece of chocolate cake and ginger lemonade all for 150B. Really really delicious! Nice shop with a few health products, cosmetics and jewelry.
095 014 4809
Srithanu

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3. ART CAFÉ

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Art Cafe.

Vegetarian cafe with a few clearly identified vegan dishes, extensive tea and coffee menu with several dairy and non-dairy milk options, lovely setting hidden amongst the trees. A peaceful little haven by the road side, Art Cafe has a short but lovely menu including delicious spring rolls, vegan BLT (I don’t know how they make their bacon, but it’s quite nice!), soups and burgers. A nice restful pit stop.
077 349 331
Haad Chao Phao Beach

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4. THE SANCTUARY

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary restaurant caters to vegetarians, vegans, raw vegans and gluten intolerants with a few organic fish and seafood options thrown into the mix. I ordered the grilled veggie and mango quinoa salad from the traditional menu, the raw coconut soup from the raw menu and a cucumber, lime and spirulina smoothie. Other attractive menu items include hummus, cashew dips, wraps, veggie burgers, Indian fare such as the “Ganesh Special” (fresh veggies in Indian spice and coconut milk) and Thai specialties such as Khanom Gin (brown noodles with tempeh in a coconut sauce, topped with basil). Read my full review of The Sanctuary here.
086 478 4213
Haad Tien

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5. GREEN GALLERY

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Green Gallery

Aw! Look at it!

Look at it!

A fully vegan restaurant with some raw and gluten free options as well. Rarities such as chickpea flour omelet, pancakes, vegan cheese, Moroccan stews, shish kebabs, pop-pies, English breakfast, tofu shakshuka, burekas, jahnun, blintzes, pastries and all your usual vegan fares such as salads, sandwiches, burgers and hummus plates. They also have a wonderful selection of green smoothies and cleansing juices as well as ginger and turmeric shots. All set in a lovely peaceful garden. Wonderful staff and owners. I mean, they have a pet duck living in their house, so, I rest my case.
084 120 9149
Srithanu

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6. TABOON

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Taboon vegetarian Israeli restaurant.

All vegetarian Israeli restaurant with a beautiful interior and friendly owners. Most dishes can be veganized. Choose from a selection of hummus and dips, shakshuka, sambusak, salads and wonderfully fresh pita breads. I had the spicy shakshuka with no egg (really just a spicy tomato dip!) with pita and babaganoush and it was heavenly.
096 059 1307
Srithanu

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7. SOUL FOOD CAFÉ

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Soul Food Cafe, Thong Sala.

This vegetarian restaurant and health food shop is located right next to the pier in Thong Sala and has a super friendly Brazilian management and lovely wooden interior. The menu has things like salads, hummus, sandwiches, organic coffees, raw vegan desserts and superfood smoothies of all sorts and you can ask for most things to be veganized.
080 148 2511
Thong Sala

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8. REVOLUTION

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Conscious Cooking, Revolution

A few vegan options, the grilled veggies are divine, loaded with garlic and balsamic vinegar. The curries are also really nice. One of the best beaches is right across from there.
092 447 6192
Srithanu

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9. GREEN LEAF CAFÉ

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Green Leaf Cafe.

Decently priced homemade kombucha, delicious organic salads, Thai and international vegetarian and vegan fares and great juice and smoothie menu. Wednesday night is vegan all you can eat Indian buffet. The green juice with morning glory was especially great — if you like healthy-tasting dark green drinks like I do!
084 843 7880
Srithanu

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10. AKASHA HOME RESTAURANT

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Akasha, formerly EFE Natural Macrobiotic.

I’m a little reluctant to leave this here as they are currently closed, but someone told me they might be reopening in the spring, so please do let me know if you know anything about this. Formerly EFE Natural Macrobiotic Kitchen, this restaurant is now called Akasha. This was my favourite restaurant in Koh Phangan when I visited last year and I was so sad that it wasn’t open this time around. Super healthy, clean, mostly organic simple food; red rice, lots of steamed veggies, very little seasoning (in a good way) a good selection of beans and legumes, macro bowls, soups and sandwiches (amazing bread!).They cold press their own sunflower and coconut oils and have a great selection of packaged spices, teas, seeds, homemade snacks and natural health products for sale.
Srithanu
089 785 4801

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11. KARMA CAFE

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Karma Kafe.

Homemade, organic, cruelty free, plant-based, gluten-free, vegan, delicious, and tragically overpriced. I had the Malibu sushi made with organic quinoa, beet oot and raw veggies drizzled with tahini wasabi and fermented ginger, sparkling coconut lime elixir and funky monkey banana split. It was tiny, but it was delicious. It’s a lovely place, if you can afford it.
061 218 4248
Srithanu

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12. BIG MOUNTAIN

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Big Mountain.

The menu doesn’t say what’s vegan and what’s vegetarian, so you’ll have to do a bit of quizzing at this laid back restaurant. The main draw here is the juice menu, with interesting mixes such as tomato, papaya and red pepper or tamarind, passion fruit, aloe vera and lemon. They also brew their own kombucha.
087 063 0944
Srithanu

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13. SOUL ORGANICS

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Soul ORganics, Panthip Market.
Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Soul ORganics, Panthip Market.

Nestled at the back of the popular Phantip Market next to the 7 Eleven in Thong Sala, Soul Organic has a short menu of veganized Thai dishes prepared with care and organic ingredients from the family’s local farm. Dishes are served with brown rice and are very affordable for organic dishes.
Thong Sala
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14. AGAMA

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Agama yoga.

A little bit meh, but maybe if I had ordered something a little more inspired…

Located within the controversial Agama Yoga (which I really wanted to experience just for the sake of seeing what all the fuss is about, but I ran out of time!), this restaurant serves a simple vegetarian menu with good prices relative to the rest of the island, no MSG, sugar or fish sauce and quite a few vegan options such as healthy soups and salads, sandwiches, veggie burgers, pasta, roasted and steamed veggies as well as Thai specialties. I went for good old plain steamed veggies as it is a bit of a rarity in South East Asia but they were unfortunately overcooked. I also treated myself to the vegan chocolate beetroot cake, because cake. A good option for healthy affordable vegetarian and vegan food.
89 233 0217
Srithanu

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15. SAMMA KARUNA

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Samma Karuna

Looks boring, but tasted delicious!

Food was served by a rather grumpy lady. I ordered the veggie wrap, but was instead told to have the hummus citrus wrap. The presentation was a bit meh, but the wrap was really delicious. They have a small selection of light meals that are mostly vegan such as a sweet potato burger, fresh pad thai, a few wraps, falafel, sandwiches and salads as well as a short menu of healthy smoothies and kombucha.
Srithanu
095 034 0010

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16. ANANDA’S LOVE KITCHEN

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Ananda Wellness Resort.

Lovely beachfront restaurant located inside Ananda Wellness resort, try to come at sunset. Several vegan options clearly identified such as tofu laarb (a delicious warm salad of tofu, veggies and pounded rice full of coriander and lime juice), dark lentil and ginger soup, veggie burgers, curries, pasta, vegetables cooked in a manners and a couple of vegan chocolate sweets. Great juice menu.
081 397 6280
Srithanu

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17. CONSCIOUS COOKING VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Conscious Cooking, Pantip Market, Thong Sala

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Conscious Cooking, Pantip Market, Thong Sala

Little stall located in Phantip Market in the outdoor section with a few vegan western fares to choose from. Everything is 79B. I tried the burrito which was lovely. A nice quick healthy bite. The fruit shake lady at the opposite side (furthest from 7 Eleven, next to the fruit shop) is the best one on the island.
Thong Sala
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18. THE ORGANIC CHOCOLATE HOUSE (NAKED CHOCOLATE)

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Naked Chocolate. Raw Vegan Chocolate.

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Naked Chocolate

A wonderful place to sample some of the finest chocolate I have ever had in a chill ambiance filled with beautiful people and exotic smells. Their incense is also divine. Try the salt truffle. All vegan. It’s a magical place. Can I live here?
Srithanu
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19. THE ORGANIC SHOP

Vegan food guide of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Conscious Cooking, The Organic Shop, Thong Sala.

Sells nice organic fruits and vegetables (the best durian on the island!), coconut oil, seeds and grains, eco cosmetics, kombucha and kefir, raw vegan desserts and a few other vegan and vegetarian light bites.
Thong Sala
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20. LIMPIPONG

Kitchenware and natural ingredient shop. They have the best deal on organic cold pressed coconut oil on the whole island and frozen tempeh. A bunch of other interesting things also, definitely worth the detour.
Thong Sala
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21 thoughts on “20 Vegan Friendly Restaurants to Try in Koh Phangan

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  2. Kim-Ling

    I’m not a vegan, but wow these places look delicious! And who can say no to chocolate!? Thanks for all the directions too! I’ll have to refer to this if we go to Koh Phangan.

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  3. Jojo

    So many great options! I love that there’s somewhere to get great vegan chocolate, that’s definitely been the most challenging thing to find in Asia, and I could totally go for some of the salt truffle right now.

    Reply
  4. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    The food looks great, vegan or not, but for me it’s a shame so many of them appear to be quite Westernised. Personally, part of the joy of travel is eating traditional local dishes. Is there no vegetarian tradition in Koh Phangan?

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    1. Amélie Post author

      Hey Fiona! Yeah, for sure a lot of these places are quite westernized. I guess Thai people are not so much into vegan food and the restaurant feel like they have to cater to the westerners’ tastes. A lot of the restaurants I visited did offer a few veganized Thai options however, and it’s possibly the fact that I have been in South East Asia for two years and was excited to see something else than a curry that makes it look like there isn’t much local stuff on offer. There is a little!

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  8. Robert

    Thanks, this is super awesome.
    I plan on visiting Koh Phangan later this year.
    Do you have any advice on where to stay on the island to have the best access to the vegan restaurants without being overcrowded by party goers?

    Thanks a bunch

    Reply
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