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Regional Information on Thailand

Thailand, Asia
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

HappyCow previously offered this space for vegetarian events, vegetarian travel or general information for Thailand, suggestions such as hotel recommendations, travel agencies, or any other regional vegan and vegetarian related information.
However, this has been discontinued due to inactivity.
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Visitor Notes:

Subject: 'More web pages about vegetarian Thailand'
Posted by IanMcDonald on: Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 11:03 AM PST
Here is a photograph of the useful yellow and red Jay sign which Nooy mentions from Chanchao:
(Thanks to Izzy)

This anonymous TripAdvisor page has many more important Thai phrases for vegetarians - including the Thai for all those other sauces that they might add to your food:

Vegan Underground blogged their travels in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam:

And finally, we at Verdant Reports have a five minute audio podcast about eating vegan in Thailand including a chat with vegan tour organiser Izzy:

Subject: 'Vegetarian Restaurants'
Posted by nooy on: Monday, June 23, 2008 at 07:25 AM PST
You can often find local vegetarian restaurants by looking for places that has yellow signs with red font that have the Thai characters for "Jai" on it.That looks like this: เจ
Occasionally these characters are in a Chinese font, making them look like a weird number "1" and backwards capital "F".

These are strict buddhist vegetarian restaurants with fake meat, no egg, no fish sauce, and no real meat. Sometimes it is chinese food but most of the time it is authentic Thai vegetarian food.


Subject: 'Travel Notes for Thailand:'
Posted by eric on: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12:49 PM PST
"Eating Vegetarian" in Thai is pronounced, "Mang-Sa-Wi-Rat". Be sure to say no fish sauce or other animal products. Fish sauce is called "nam pla."
Remember this, because most Thai food has some meat or meat based flavoring in it.
The easiest way of saying vegetarian is "Jay" (like Jay Leno). This relates to Chinese Buddhist vegetarian. "Jay" food is vegan and also forbids eating of certain pungent herbs such as garlic and cilantro. Many people here eat "Jay" only occasional, such as during full and new moons and the vegetarian festival. It is considered a good deed and popular with those who worship Kwan Yin (the Goddess of Compassion). To make yourself understood, say "Kin Jay". ('kin' means eat)- "I eat vegetarian."
Mang-sa-wi-rat is typically lacto-ovo vegetarian.
Also the word for MSG is pronounced "Pong Cheurod" or sometimes "Aginomoto" (the name brand) is better understood.

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