The ‘Rose of the North’ Tops Thailand’s Capital on Group’s List, Thanks to Its Variety of Cruelty-Free Restaurants

For Immediate Release:
26 January 2017

Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai has nabbed the number three spot on PETA’s list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in Asia, scoring higher than Bangkok, which placed seventh. The bustling city earned a prime spot for supplying hungry diners with healthy and hearty vegan fare, from seafood-free nam prik to “cheese” platters and “milkshakes”.

“With satisfying, meat-free traditional Thai foods such as isaan larb, khao soi, pad Thai, and curries as well as Western dishes like burritos, sandwiches, pancakes, and more, Thailand’s northern capital has it all”, says PETA Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “Chiang Mai tops PETA’s list, thanks to its plethora of creative dishes that are as delicious as they are kind to animals.”

Pigs, cows, and chickens are individuals with feelings – they experience love, happiness, loneliness, and fear, just as dogs, cats, and humans do. Most animals who are raised for food are confined to filthy warehouses, where they’re deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them.

Meat-free meals fill the city’s streets during its annual vegetarian festival in October, when one can find a wide variety of traditional Thai foods prepared with cruelty-free faux meats.

Among Chiang Mai’s unique eateries is Taste From Heaven, with its crispy morning glory salad, panang curry, and vegan brownies for dessert, among other options. Happy Green and Chiang Mai Vegetarian Society both offer 100 per cent vegan all-you-can-eat buffets, during which you can gorge on traditional Thai foods. Anchan serves up everything from coconut palm heart Thai basil stir-fry to green curry chayote, while Pun Pun prepares nam hed song kreung, a fermented meatless sausage. Chiang Mai diners can also treat themselves to Free Bird Cafe‘s vegan pancakes and cheesecake. Even Thailand’s famous street food khanom khrok – a delicious pancake made with rice flour and coconut milk – is vegan.

To see PETA’s complete list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in Asia, click here.

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