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Vegan friendly luxury in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

As veganism continues to grow exponentially worldwide, we can now enjoy a vegan luxury travel experience at some of the finest hotels and resorts. When it comes to vegan friendly luxury in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, the following selection including city hotels and an island resort have got you covered. Each of them have either a veggie menu featuring vegan options, or vegan options clearly marked on their menus. Check in and enjoy creative, delicious and nutritious plant-based food at one of these vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts. Private island vegan luxury, at Six Senses Krabey Island in Cambodia Check in at Six Senses Krabey Island and you will be staying on a private island surrounded by the clear blue ocean and amongst the ancient trees that tower above you. This is a tropical paradise island like no other with the eco focus that Six Senses are renowned for and plenty of luxury touches to guarantee a memorable stay. Sumptious spa treatments, memorable experiences and plenty of plant based food will make it tough to leave, that’s for sure! ‘Eat With Six Senses’ is all about eating healthy whislt on vacation and this culinary concept is available at all Six Senses Resorts. At Six Senses Krabey Island we enjoyed vegan versions of local food including ‘Nom banh chok’ which is a noodle dish and a Khmer staple. Rice noodles and vegetables with a creamy coconut soup made with ‘kreung’ curry paste and garnished with fresh herbs and leaves. Chef Mark also prepared a super charged salad for lunch which he prepared right in front of us, packed with goodness and nutrition it was one of the best salads we have ever eaten, a perfect way to demonstrate the ‘Eat With Six Senses’ concept. Bangkok riverside vegan luxury, at The Peninsula Bangkok in Thailand The Peninsula Bangkok is elegant and exquisitely stylish, with an enviable riverside location in one of the most exciting cities in the world. What’s not to love about this luxury hotel from one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands? Enjoy unrivalled views of the Chao Praya River, the true heartbeat of Bangkok, a swim in the 88m pool or a treatment at the two floor spa and wellness centre before dining at one of their celebrated restaurants. Breakfast at River Cafe & Terrace is a veritable vegan feast, whilst lunch at The Lobby or dinner at Thiptara present diners with a number of plant based menu options, as is the same throughout the hotel. This includes Mei Jiang, regarded as one of the finest Cantonese restaurants in Bangkok where diners can enjoy a refined meal in elegant surrroundings. The tofu flower in our double-boiled soup was crafted using extraordinary ‘dao yi’ (knife skills) and looked exquisite, a picture perfect bowl of Cantonese goodness. The ground breaking ‘future food’, OmniMeat featured with finely chopped vegetables in another dish. Contained within pumpkin and served in a creamy pumpkin sauce, this beautifully presented bowl was vibrant and extremely pleasing on the eye. Dining at Mei Jiang was a memorable journey through Cantonese plant based cuisine that will leave you amazed. City centre vegan luxury, at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam This multiple award-winning luxury hotel oozes colonial charm. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has welcomed esteemed guests including playwrights, actors, film stars, musicians, heads of state and ambassadors since opening in more than 100 years ago. Recognised by many as one of the finest hotels in Southeast Asia and often referred to as one of ‘The Grand Dames’, those that choose to stay here are certainly guests that enjoy the finer things in life. Becoming the first ‘Sofitel Legend’ hotel in 2009 it has since been joined by a unique collection of hotels and palaces around the world. Our vegan breakfast at Spices Garden consisted of a selection of adapted dishes from the a la carte menu, combined with the vegan friendly options from the extensive buffet. But it was our vegan fine dining experience at Le Beaulieu which truly impressed. The four course set menu was adapted from the existing vegetarian menu with just a few changes being made to ensure that our meal was 100% plant based. The staff team at Le Beaulieu were friendly and helpful, whilst being gracefully efficient and professional, no more than you would expect from a hotel with such high standards. The ingredients for each dish were explained upon service, whilst the dishes were personally finished by Chef, with a twist of pepper or a drizzle of olive oil where required. The stand out dish featured a seasonal mushrooms fricassee, pomme de terre paillasson, polenta, parsley jus and topped with fried garlic, a subtle blend of textures and flavours that was truly memorable. Finishing our meal with a platter of marinated red fruit with mint, orange gel, cacao nibs, a crunchy biscuity mille feuille, mixed berries sauce and mango sorbet was a light and refreshing ending to an excellent meal. We hope that our trio of vegan friendly luxury options in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam give you some (vegan) food for thought whilst helping you plan your next vegan travel adventure to Southeast Asia. Please feel free to reach out for further information about any of the hotels or resorts featured, or indeed to tell us about a luxury hotel or resort in Southast Asia that you think we should add to our bucket list for when the borders open. Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Paul Eyers

Paul Eyers is co-founder of Vegan Food Quest who write about luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable travel, eco travel and vegan travel. Currently based in Malaysia, Paul also writes about sporting events and some of the finest golf courses throughout the region.

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  1. What I like about visiting such restaurants is that it gives me inspiration for future meals. It’s so easy – or maybe lazy – to stick to a repertoire of around half a dozen dishes. It’s great to get some new ideas.

  2. you’re right that dining out is a great way to find inspiration for your own creations, we often come back from a restaurant with lots of new ideas!

  3. For about a decade a friend of mine worked in Jakarta. Krabey was his favourite escape from what was a very pressurised job and he often reminisces about his long weekends there. Reading about the Six Senses reminds me that Krabey is a place I must visit.

    1. thanks for your comment Andy. if i worked in Jakarta i would need to escape to the beach on a regular basis as it is a very busy city! perhaps he was visiting Krabi in Thailand and not Krabey Island in Cambodia though? Krabey Island has only recently had a resort built which covers the whole island? Krabi is also very nice though with lots of amazing resorts and miles of beautiful beaches…

  4. Obviously I haven’t travelled much lately but when I did it was noticeable that top quality hotels were taking vegan cuisine seriously. No longer is it the case of there just being one token vegan dish on the menu.

    1. hi Debs, we have also not travelled for a long time and can’t wait to get our passports out again! and yes, it is VERY EXCITING to find so many vegan options in luxury hotels and resorts now, gone are the days of salad and chips or a bland risotto….

  5. If there are destinations in the world that would be at the forefront of vegan-friendly cuisine, Asia would be it. Many of the countries in this continent have vegan-friendly food as a staple. It’s good to know though, that you can have vegan food in luxury hotels nowadays, when before you’d have to make it yourself. I am hoping that there will be more in the future.

    1. for sure Southeast Asia is great for vegan food and certainly getting better all of the time, that’s why we decided to live here…

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