10 Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants to try in Koh Tao

13th July 2015

Vegan and Vegetarian food guide to Koh Tao,  Thailand.

I revisited Koh Tao with absolutely no intention to create a vegan food guide for the blog. I was there to wrap up and try to come to terms with the remainder of a ten year relationship. Hell in paradise you could say. How ironic. But as a result of a broken heart, I ended up stuffing my face with all of the food and then some (mind you though – I ate mostly Oreo’s). So I thought I might as well put my hard work to use and write about the food I ingested.

Vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in Koh Tao, Thailand

Koh Tao has a lot to offer in terms of vegan food for such a small island. There is also a wonderful yoga scene and I owe a shout out to Cynthia and Gabrielle from Oceansound Dive and Yoga for helping me release and heal on the mat like I never had before. Yoga and healthy vegan food truly offered me solace in this rough time and today I’d like to present you with my 10 favourite vegan spots in Koh Tao. As well as these restaurants, I am inclined to think that you will find at least one vegan option in any restaurant on the island.

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1. BABALOO

Vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in Koh Tao, Thailand

Vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in Koh Tao, Thailand

Babaloo was the most exciting discovery in Koh Tao for me and I wish more people visited them. They have a whole vegan menu and it’s one of the few places where you can enjoy a 100% vegan curry on the island. Pick any of their fake meat (the vegan fish is actually quite good!) to add to any item out of their expansive vegan menu. I loved the green curry with vegan fish and the spicy laarb salad. Beware that the service can be extremely slow, but you’re on an island, so, chill. Super friendly service.

    Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

    2. LA CAROTTE QUI RIT

    Vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in Koh Tao, Thailand

    French owned vegetarian and vegan restaurant on the Main Street of Mae Haad that oddly enough has the same menu as May Kaidee in Bangkok. Lots of vegan options including salads, curries, mock fish and tofu. Beware that, by default, everything is VERY mild (read: bland), so mention if you like spicy food. I was a little disappointed on my first few visits as the papaya and the green mango salads were on the soy saucy and sweet side and lacking the acidity of lime juice and chili kick of more traditional Thai food, but on my last visit I tried the (spicy) steamed noodle with curry and stir fried veggies and it was delicious – not actually spicy at all, but perfect for me. Great attentive service. A fabulous option in Mae Haad.

      Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

      3. YANG

      Yang is located in Mae Haad, on the main road connecting Sairee and Chalok. The beauty of this restaurant is that whatever you order will come to you in about 45 seconds and be enough to feed a family of twenty nine. A cheery budget-friendly cafeteria style restaurant feeding hungry backpackers, expats and divers gigantic portions Thai-ish food and western fried things of all sorts where you’ll also find all the usual vegan stir fried options (morning glory, veggies, pineapple, tofu, etc), plus veggie burgers, pasta and salads. Good wifi.

        Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

        4. LIVING JUICES

        Vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in Koh Tao, Thailand

        A little health food gem with a nice outdoor seating area serving superfood, cold press green juices, smoothies, healthy snacks, detox programs, chia seeds, spirulina, goji berries, quinoa, etc. An occasional treat for the budget conscious.

          Directions // Foursquare // Facebook

          5. TUKTA

          Vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in Koh Tao, Thailand

          Tukta possibly has the best Thai food on the whole island. They are located in Chalok on the main road coming from Sairee. There aren’t a whole lot of vegan options available (Thai curries unfortunatley contain shrimp paste and fish sauce as a general rule of thumb), but they are very accommodating and will make you a delicious vegetable laarb, glass noodle or spicy vegetable salad if you ask. The service can be painfully slow or incredibly quick depending how busy they are. Spicy and fresh.

13 thoughts on “10 Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants to try in Koh Tao

  1. Randi

    Wow! I’m so happy to read this. I had such a hard time finding vegan food in southern Thailand and reading this really makes me want to go back and visit Koh Tao! Thank you. The food looks so yummy!!

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  3. Melissa

    For the burger lovers, Banyans & Hippos also have a delicious vegetarian burger! The one at Hippos becomes vegn if you ask without cheese!
    I’m hungry now…
    Melissa – french in Bali

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  4. Erin

    Wow! I just posted about the Phuket Vegetarian Festival that week and I wish I was in Thailand this year, but now I’m traveling in Buenos Aires. Now this post is making miss Thailand more and I’m glad you had a great time there. Thanks for the post.

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  5. Pooja

    I am writing a blog post on I Love Salad in Koh Tao, but I have no pictures of the restaurant. May I use your pictures of I Love Salad? I will cite your name and link to this blog post. I am sure that many of my readers would like to read your blog and learn about other vegetarian restaurants in Koh Tao.

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  7. Lauren Khu

    Hi!

    We opened our vegan restaurant VegetaBowl about 6 months ago 🙂 our menu is entirely vegan but you can add cheese to the bowls if you like. Hope you can visit us next time you’re on Koh Tao

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  8. Lea

    For vegetarian and vegan people, or any healthy foodie addict, there’s also The Factory Cafe available on Aow Leuk road now! best pancakes on Koh Tao…!

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