Chiang Mai Vegetarian Society

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 10 Reviews
Reported re-opened July 2014 after closure for some months. One of the largest vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai. Set up is cafeteria-style, you help yourself to the vast buffet that may include brown rice, Thai curries, soup, fruit and grain juices, salads with fresh herbs, and more. Organic fruits and veggies also sold as are religious items, herbs, and other products. This is part of an institution in Thailand with organic farms in the countryside (where one can volunteer and stay). Note: It is located near the airport between the corner of the moat and the Toyota dealer. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Organic, Chinese, Thai, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out
42 Mahidol Rd T Haiya
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
053271262
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First Review by rheb
medus
medus
  • vegan
Contributions
+115

Amazing

5
Posted on 12 / 14 / 2014

I wish all cities in the world had such a restaurant as Chiang Mai Vegetarian Society. Although its food is not very impressive taste-wise, it seems very fresh, healthy and made out of local ingredients. What is more, restaurant's prices can't be beaten - 10 baht for a plate of rice and two side dishes is amazingly cheap. They also sell very delicious fresh juices (10 baht for a glass) and several kinds of desserts (including one kind of cake, 5 baht per piece). What's even better - everything is vegan.

I only wish they have longer working hours. At the time of our visit they were open from Monday to Friday 6am-2pm.

Pros: cheap, variety of dishes, nice environment
Cons: open till 2pm, runs out of some dishes after 12pm
DC guy
DC guy
  • vegan
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+19

It's open and busy.

4
Posted on 08 / 22 / 2014

I have been twice in the last week. They are open from 6am until 2pm (days of the week I don't know). I arrived the first time at 12:30 and most of the "good" dishes were gone. What was left was plain cooked vegetables without spices or in a curry/coconut sauce. I was disappointed.

The second time, I decided to go at 11:30 and was able to find a curry dish and an interesting dish with lots of mixed veggies. It was MUCH better and very happy with the taste. Very similar to the taste found in other veg. restaurants in town. The noodle soup (with some tofu and lightly cooked organic greens) and a nice tasting broth which you finish off to your own style was free as someone sponsored it for the day. I paid anyway. :-)

2/3 vegetable dishes and rice is 10/15 B.
Noodle soup is 10 B.
Different drinks are 5 B and smoothies are 10 B (some sugar free) (served in small glasses.

In the front they have some very nice flowers including beautiful orchids. Inexpensive organic produce is for sale as well as staples, spices, unusual herbal teas, kitchen items and health care items (including an inexpensive spray for mosquitoes - located to the left of the front entrance all the way on the back wall - I think on the middle shelf).

Overall a very nice experience if you get there early enough to get more interesting/flavorful dishes. Some of the staff spoke some English. Worth at least twice the price charged.

Pros: Inexpensive., Basic but big facility., Lots of smiles from staff.
Cons: Better dishes run out first.
  • DC guy DC guy

    Their hours of operation is 8 am - 2 pm Mon-Fri. Closed Sat and Sun.

    more-less
korkili
korkili
  • vegan
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+16

Chaing Mai Vegetarian Society

5
Posted on 01 / 19 / 2014

Yes, the Chiang Mai Vegetarian Society is currently closed (has been since October 31 of last year) and nobody here seems to know exactly when/if it will reopen. As with everything in this talk/tweet till you drop world of ours, there are all variety of stories going around. Fact is, sadly for so many of us it is closed.

I agree with all of the positive comments that have been previously posted about their restaurant, shop and, most of all, about the wonderfully calm and, dare I say, sensible attitude towards making money over all else.



Humminglion
Humminglion
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+27

This is what makes Chiang mai amazing

5
Posted on 11 / 03 / 2013

This place is a not for profit place run by volunteers and seems to have its basis on Buddhist roots.

The food is decent and ultra cheap - can eat for 15 thb or even free.

The best part about this place is the freshly made green and red smoothies.

They also have a store on site selling natural products, used books, and vitamins.

I love how you have to wash your own dishes - brings a sense of community.

Pros: Cheap, Yummy smoothies
mrnondairy
mrnondairy
  • vegan
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+24

A Moment of Peace

4
Posted on 10 / 06 / 2012

I think the description of the CMVS and the associated reviews of this particular organization are quite accurate and sufficiently informative so as not to warrant further explanation of the CMVS mission statement. As other have stated, the food is remarkably inexpensive! A real treat that. :) The menu changes daily and all items are tasty enough to please. Further, I would offer that the menu is a bit broader than as been suggested. All good things.

What impressed me most, however, was the powerful sense of peace I experienced from the moment I pulled up outside. The interior space is unexpectedly interesting in terms of design...sort of a low budget tropic chic. *laugh* The atmosphere is quiet, open air, somewhat communal, with a very interesting use of space. Its a great way to start the day or briefly break from the world any time of day. Honest smiles, comfortable setting, and good simple food. I love this place.

Pros: Comfortable Setting, Great Price, Great Cause
Cons: Open Air Means Open To Insects (Clean), Clean Your Own Dishes :) (Negative?)
msvegan
msvegan
  • vegan
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+338

Good Natural Products and Groceries

5
Posted on 07 / 30 / 2012

Run by the same foundation in BKK. The stores surrounding the rest. have a good supply of many organic and all natural seaweeds, oils, baked goods, supplements, health and beauty products, teas, etc. Also, lots of book info. in mainly Thai about organic gardening and health.

They offer free and very low cost food at the rest. as they are a not for profit organization. The people who volunteer there are lovely.

The food is very basic and bland. It is very macrobiotic in appearance and taste.
Updated from previous review on Thursday December 01, 2011

Pros: cheap, vegan, Good selection
ZuZu
ZuZu
  • vegan
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+93

proletariat heart of compassion

5
Posted on 08 / 16 / 2011

This place is humble, noble, and embodies cooperation and compassion. It is a really fun place to be, watching all the volunteer workers prepare this good energy food, and seeing the people who enjoy eating there. Many people offer prayers before having their lunch. One topping with rice is actually free! That said, no western person should leave without making a contribution. Even if you have an enormous appetite or get overwhelmed by the numerous choices, the price is so, SO inexpensive that it is jaw dropping. Plus, you wash your own dishes! It makes me feel good about my whole day. I definitily recommend this place to friends!

Pros: the pinnacle of noble vegetarianism, a good energy place to be, incredibly humble
John Richard
John Richard
  • vegetarian
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+35

Labor of Love

5
Posted on 08 / 14 / 2011

The Chiang Mai Vegetarian Society is a Thai organization that operates this wonderful restaurant and shop not far from the airport and airport mall.

They are not trying to make money on its operation but seek to provide wholesome vegetarian food and supplies to the community. The food is very basic and extremely inexpensive in their attempt to make it totally affordable to everyone in the community. Do not expect fancy service or elaborate dishes but instead appreciate what they are trying to accomplish.

The store they run has everything a vegetarian needs to cook and this is a godsend here in this area. The prices are great and the staff radiates appreciation for your patronage. Make sure you bring your carry bag as store adheres to a no plastic policy.

Note though that operations are only from 7-14:00 and they are definitely closed on all holidays. Patronizing this establishment is helping to preserve a valuable community asset.

Pros: Staff, Food & Products, Community involvement
Cons: Not open for dinner
Agenda
Agenda
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+211

Ok

3
Posted on 04 / 17 / 2009

Ok place for cheap thai food. Not the best kind - they use garlic. There is also a shop selling pills, healthy products.

Pros: Big selection
Cons: Garlic
rheb
rheb
  • vegetarian
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+56

Simple food, but very inexpensive!

2
Posted on 06 / 03 / 2008

Was completely shocked at how low the prices were here; noodle soup is 5B (though it's a small bowl), rice with one item is free, with two items 10B, and with three 15B. The food is very healthy, meaning no coconut milk and very little oil. But I found both the noodle soup and my rice dish to be bland, and most of the buffet was either watery curries or plan green vegetables. Didn't have the variety that most Thai veggie places in Chiang Mai have.

Pros: very cheap, healthy food
Cons: plain food, lack of variety

 

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