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Excited for vegan luxury travel in Southeast Asia

As the COVID-19 vaccine roll out gathers speed and infection numbers worldwide are slowly shrinking, the possibility of travel during 2021 could become a reality, and for us that means vegan luxury travel in Southeast Asia. Currently quarantine is still a pre requisite for travel throughout the region but ‘vaccine passports’ are being discussed alongside ‘travel bubbles’ within the region to allow quarantine free travel. Being based in Cambodia which borders both Vietnam and Thailand, these 3 exciting and vibrant countries are firmly on our radar for a healthy slice of vegan luxury travel post-pandemic. Check out these luxury hotels and resorts that go above and beyond to ensure that plant based food is not only readily available, but packed with creativity, flavour and local culinary flair. Cambodia Cambodia has been home since 2015 and we have slowly fallen in love with the country, the people and the food. One positive that has come from not being able to travel is the fact that we’ve spent time exploring our adopted home country. Every trip opens new possibilities and offers new experiences but we always enjoy returning home, to Siem Reap where we are blessed with not only the Temples of Angkor in our back garden, but one of the most vegan friendly luxury resorts in the region. Treeline Urban Resort Located in the heart of Siem Reap overlooking the river, is an urban oasis that will welcome you with open arms and a big heart, as part of their extended family.  The wonderful team at at the Treeline Urban Resort have made this resort an absolute favourite of ours, we feel blessed to have it on our doorstep. Strong community support, their commitment to the environment and championing local artists all fuse to create an ethos that is admirable. Combine these qualities with the fact that they have excellent vegan and plant based options available, it’s easy to understand why we are big fans of theirs. You will find a selection of delicious vegan dishes clearly marked on each of the menus at Treeline and HOK, the signature restaurant on the ground floor. The talented executive chef and his team have created a blend of local and international cuisine that you will love. Don’t miss out on the most amazing ‘Vegan Bangers and Hash’ on the breakfast menu, or the refined take on a Khmer street food classic ‘Nom Krok’ which are available at HOK. Both are packed with flavour, nutrition and plant based goodness making the favourites of ours. Thailand We miss Thailand, living just over the border, we visit on a regular basis and are super excited for the chance to return to ‘The Land of Smiles’. With a selection of enviable island resorts and some of the finest luxury hotels in Bangkok to choose from we are certainly spoiled for choice. However, when there is a private island resort who have always been committed to including plant based food on their menus and have recently launched a plant based restaurant, the decision becomes much easier. Soneva Kiri Soneva is considered to be one of the finest luxury resort operators on the planet and rightly so. Soneva Kiri is a resort where we were inspired, nurtured and revitalised during our stay. A resort where every detail was perfect including the beautiful natural design, the friendly laid back atmosphere and the impeccable personalised service. You can expect a private luxury escape like no other at Soneva Kiri whilst the creative and nutritious plant based cuisine at each of their resorts is something that continues to make us smile. We dined on an array of exciting plant based food during our stay, including a selection of vegan menu items, and others that were created ‘off menu’ by the talented team. But since our stay, things have moved up a level with the opening of ‘Colours of the Garden’ where diners can enjoy an entire plant-based menu inspired by Mexican and Thai cuisine. Your experience begins by exploring the organic garden with the chef, whilst learning about the ingredients that will form part of your seven course tasting menu. The meal is paired with natural and bio dynamic wines, an opportunity to join a Medicinal Mixology cocktail class with the Botanical Bartender and guided star gazing. This is experiential dining at it’s finest… Vietnam Last but by no means least is Vietnam which was one of the last countries we visited pre-pandemic and where we were due to visit twice during 2020. Of course these vegan travel adventures were postponed but as soon as the borders open we will be making them a reality. In the meantime, we decided to tell you about an island escape that impressed us with their plant based creations during a previous stay and is the prfect place to escape from the stresses of every day life. Fusion Resort Phu Quoc Fusion Resort Phu Quoc is located on a secluded bay in the north of the island and boasts a selection of luxury private pool villas, many with direct beach access. Enjoy the personal service, modern and stylish villas and the revitalising spa during your stay. We love the ‘all spa inclusive’ service which you will find at all Fusion Resorts which enables you to book daily inclusive spa treatments from their extensive spa menu. The ‘breakfast anywhere, anytime’ concept is another favourite of ours, who doesn’t love breakfast served next to their private pool after an early morning swim? The wonderful villas make it tough to venture outside, whilst the in room dining options including poolside breakfasts certainly add to this challenge. When you do manage to leave your private villa you will be pleased to know there is a vegetarian menu available which included vegan options. This could be ordered from either of the restaurants or the chef was more than happy to create ‘off menu’ dishes upon request. We confess to eating ‘banh xeo’ every morning for breakfast, these rice flour and turmeric pancakes were lightly fried and packed with mushrooms, tofu and beansprouts. Delicious. Our favourite lunch included avocado and scrambled tofu on toast, grilled tofu skewers and nutritious smoothie bowl. Let’s hope that the borders open as we move through 2021, so we can all put COVID-19 behind us and start planning our next luxury vegan travel adventure. In the meantime, support your local hotels and resorts and book a staycation wherever you can. It’s been a tough time for all and your custom will go some way to help them navigate these challenging times. 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. I wonder how many chefs have used their down time to experiment and create innovative new vegan recipes?

    1. thank you for commenting Julia. it seems that many people have used the last year to get more creative in the kitchen. i’m sure that with veganism continuing to grow, vegan cook books and recipes and blog will have been in big demand. all of the chefs that i know are forever trying to conjure up new dishes, so i’m sure they will also be practicing and perfecting their plant based creations. let’s hope so anyway!

  2. Although we’ve done really well to stick to a vegan diet whilst stuck at home, we can’t keep up with the variety and mouthwatering attractive presentation that shows through in all your pictures. Looking forward to getting out and about again to try some exciting vegan menus.

    1. hi Craig and thank you for your comment. writing about this food and looking at these pictures makes my mouth water too. i love to cook at home, but can only dream of reaching the levels of some of the chefs that i’ve met! i can keep trying though…

  3. It is great to see that more and more of the best hotels in the region are offering creative vegan menu items. Exciting to know that I’ll soon be able to enjoy their food whilst sat next to one of those stunning swimming pools!

    1. A perfect combination! Delicious vegan food, next to the pool with the sun shining…Let’s hope travel is soon possible and we can all make this a reality!

  4. I have been in siem reap since before covid and although it’s my home I can’t wait to travel again. I have been to much of the region but Vietnam is still on my list. Looking at this blog makes me want to get out even more and try some of the amazing vegan dishes

    1. Thanks for commenting Terry, Vietnam has so much to offer with some amazing hotels and lots of tasty vegan food, you should make it happen once travel is possible!

  5. I feel very fortunate to be ‘stuck’ in Cambodia. It has been unbelievably enjoyable exploring the temples on bicycle, foot and moto! Although it’s sad that there are no tourists, there’s something special and peaceful about walking around Angkor Wat alone.

    This time has also meant that I’ve had the pleasure to stay at luxury hotels, Treeline being one of them. It’s always good to be reminded of what we have right on our doorstep but I definitely cannot wait to travel again!

    1. We love Treeline and staying / eating / drinking there is one of our favourite things to do in Siem Reap. Let’s hope they can find a way to re open soon so that their wonderful team can get back to doing what they do best! In the meantime, we also spend our time exploring the temples and making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity to experiecen them with no tourists.

  6. Your reviews have certainly ‘whetted my appetite’ for time in the not too distant future when we can begin to travel to these wonderful countries.
    Treeline Urban Resort, looks amazing. Bangers and mash will never be the same after seeing your picture of Bangers and Hash. And Nom Krok is one of my favourite street foods. It’s so heartening to hear of their support for local community initiatives, especially at this time.
    Soneva Kiri in Thailand sounds like an escape to paradise. The ‘Colours of the Garden’ would be a wonderful introduction to the ingredients which make up the taste of Thailand. Definitely on my list for the future.
    Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, eating a delicious breakfast after a swim in my own private pool sounds like heaven.
    Let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can visit some of the wonderful places you write about
    In the meantime, it gives me so much pleasure to read your reviews, and helps me feel confident that there is a future where we can make dreams of travel a reality.
    Many thanks, Paul.

    1. thank you for your detailed comment Eileen! i’m happy that reading this gives you hope for travel again, i feel the same when i’m writing them…Colours of the Garden at Soneva Kiri sounds amazing, having experienced their vegan concept in the Maldives it’s exciting to see them continue their commitment to offering more plant based food.

  7. Incredible hotels. I’ve tried the restaurant a treeline, great vegan Sausage and Mash!
    I’m also planning a trip to Thailand the moment the borders open. I’ve never been to Koh Kut. Will check out Soneva Kiri if I have time.

    1. thanks for your comment Pete. we love the sausage and mash too, can’t wait for them to re open! if you ever get the chance to visit Soneva Kiri you will be amazed…

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