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Baan Suan Pai - maybe closed

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 14 reviews )
Contact 02-6172090

17/1 Phahon Yothin Rd, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand,

Inside the courtyard of a yoga and retreat center compound, you'll find several, small veg food stands, a couple shops selling health food products, an herbal doctor offering treatments, and a gym. It's tucked away and difficult to find. Also known as 'Baan Aree' (Ari house) or 'Banana Family Park.' Directions: Take exit 1 from Ari Station, walk 3 minutes towards the ESSO service station, immediately before ESSO you will see an alleyway with 'Banana Family Park' on the wall in bright letters, walk up this alleyway and continue through the complex as if you are going to exit out through the back, and you will find all the vegetarian stalls and health shop right at the back. NOTE: maybe closed/shut - please verify and let HappyCow know. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-2:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Thai

Reviews (14)

First Review by sarahsvati


We visited today (25/5/16) and were unsure about what to expect as we have seen mixed reviews about it being closed or possibly meat being served but this place is 100% open, clean and completely vegan.

The sell a lot of 'mock meat' which looks very similar to real meat but trust me it is not.

We had five large plates of food and two juices which came to 200thb which is so cheap. It was super delicious, cheap and friendly. We couldn't recommend it more!

Pros: Cheap, Healthy, Clean

Cons: Closes at 2.30pm

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Don't bother probably - Edit

Closed when I stopped by there in early April. In any case for some reason they destroyed what was a great place for many years. Only one veggie food stall left and blaring TV or music.

No real reason to make a special trip there anymore, but if you are in the area around lunch it's worth stopping by, if it is still open.

The lady who ran one of the larger stalls has moved to the alley next to the bank at the Ari BTS steps.

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tucked away. - Edit

first time here so i can't compare it to what it once was. the food stall we found offering full vegetarian dishes was delicious. we had two plates of food, fresh rolls and som tam for 150 baht. there was a tv there which we found odd. otherwise this place was so peaceful and had a much needed breeze blowing through it. definitely will be back.

Pros: super cheap, delicious, so much flavor

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big downer... - Edit

I used to come to this place almost daily every time passing thru Bangkok, it was a really nice vegan foodcourt, but when I went last time, my favorite stalls had meatdishes, and only one vegan stall was left ,which is still good, but not the variety & vibe there used to be... such a shame

Pros: still one vegan stall left, inexpensive

Cons: not all-vegan foodcourt anymore

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Great Food and location - Edit

I love this place. There are so many different things to try, different foods, mock meat or just veggies, spring rolls, fresh juices, and all inexpensive. There's also a little organic shop on site. It's also super clean and has a peaceful atmosphere. (Except for the new addition of a tv screen.)

Pros: Good variety, Inexpensive , Nice setting

Cons: TV screen

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Great little network of veggie food and shops - Edit

A little tricky to find but as other reviews have said use Exit 1 from Ari BST station then walk down towards the Esso garage and head up the alley wehn you see the Banana Family Park sign. It is at the back.

Great courtyard with lovely stalls, wide variety of fresh good food to eat in or take away and a delicious juice bar. Well worth a visit
Updated from previous review on Thursday January 08, 2015

Pros: Good variety of food, Quiet location, non pushy sellers, Very good value - eat for about 60baht

Cons: a little tricky to find

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My Favourite veggie place in Bangkok - Edit

This is a lovely vegetarian food hall - unlike the ones in the shopping mall. It is in a quite and tranquil location and is very popular and gets really busy at lunch time.
I went there x 2. The first time I had some delicious fresh spicy spring rolls and a tasty cooked spring roll. The other time I went I got a bowl of very tasty flat noodle, vegetable and mushroon soup which I manage to order by pointing out that I wanted the same as the lady had before me.A big bowl of soup cost 40 TBH. I would strongly recommend this place it has about 6 vegan food stalls and they all have delicious looking food.

Pros: peaceful place

Cons: great food, inexpensive

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Open and very delicious! - Edit

Went to Baan Suan Pai/ Banana Family Park today (Oct. 22, 2013) for lunch - so many stalls and so very good. Most dishes are 30- 50 baht and are available to eat at the communal tables there or for takeaway. Definitely get there early - it was starting to get busy when I left at 11:30

Pros: All veggie, Lots of choice, Super- cheap

Cons: Crowded after 12, Small portions - order 2 dishes

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Affordable dishes in pleasant outdoor setting - Edit

Not sure where else in the world you'll find such a variety of vegetarian food at such low prices. My favourite is the mi gob: a mixture of crunchy and chewy noodles with mushrooms and green veggies in either broth or curry to which you add your own fresh herbs. Just a few comments to supplement the very helpful reviews below. Although not 'central', it's one minute walk from the southwest exit of Ari BTS station, which is only 15 minutes by train from Siam and passed by many people on their way to Jatujak Market. Try to avoid weekday lunchtimes when it is packed with office workers and note that most stalls have closed by 6pm. Unless you choose a quiet time it's not really a place to go in a group or to linger long as space is limited, but there are many coffee shops nearby to hang out at after eating. While I would estimate it's 90% vegan, it's a good idea at least to know some phrase such as 'Mai kin khai, mai kin num' ('I don't eat eggs, milk'), but because quite a few well-educated Thais live or work in the area you will always find someone who can speak English. In keeping with one strand of Buddhist thinking, most dishes are not spicy, which may be a relief for visitors whose stomachs need a break from chilli, but for those who don't you'll find various hot condiments on the side. There are also shops selling dry vegetarian food, tea, soap, candles and so on. And you can learn yoga and Thai next door.

Pros: Delicious dishes at affordable prices, Lots of variety, Pleasant outdoor setting

Cons: Crowded at lunchtime, Mostly closed in the evening

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a favorite in bangkok - Edit

this compound's ground level is primarily made up of a few all vegetarian food stalls, with many vegan options, in a lovely setting. i had a red curry dish with vegetables and vegan fish. i also sampled a vegan amok from a different stall, and had a combination sweet & savory black sticky rice pudding from yet another stall. everything i tried was delicious. highly recommend taking the time to find this somewhat hidden gem.

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Highly recommendable place - Edit

This place has several names and this may make you feel complicated. There is a signboard saying Banana Family Park outside so I call it so.
This place consists of many little shops and each shops have great food. Price is amazingly reasonable so that you can have meal here everyday!
Updated from previous review on Thursday June 28, 2012

Pros: Delicious , So cheap!!, Various kinds of food

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Cheap and good - Edit

This place is also known as 'Baan Aree'(Ari house) or 'Banana Family Park'. To get to it is easy with these directions - Take Exit 1 from Ari Station and walk towards the clearly visible ESSO service station, about 3 minutes. Immediately before the ESSO you will see an alleyway with 'Banana Family Park' on the wall in large bright letters. If you walk up this alleyway and continue through the complex as if you are going to exit out through the back, you will find the vegetarian stalls and health shop right at the back.

Food is presented in a 'hotbox style' ...there is no English besides a big 'vegetarian' sign, so vegans may want to take requirements written in Thai, otherwise just point!

The food here is unbelievably cheap, even by Thai standards. You would be very hard pressed to eat 100 baht's worth. But not only is it cheap, I have been twice and both times been really impressed by the taste and how I felt afterwards as well. I take along a lunch box and order up big and take some away for later.

The health food shop is located right near the main eating area.

The complex is treed and peaceful and there is a clean and beautiful toilet available for use.

Pros: Cheap&good, Close to Skytrain, Outdoors

Cons: Not central

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Great place. Too many options to choose from! - Edit

I'm surprised no one else has reviewed this place. It's just wonderful. So, so many options that whenever I go I'm like a deer in the headlights, unable to decide.

Price is good too. Not more than 35-40 baht for any dish.

I've tried the fruit som tam (wonderful) and a few different kinds of spring rolls (also delicious). On offer are cooked dishes like curries, fried rice, noodle soups, lots of fake meat, salapaos, etc etc.

This is a courtyard of sorts, so you're not choosing from one stall/one restaurant. Instead there seem to be about 7 or 8 places to order from. (Similar to the restaurant at Chatuchak, but here no coupons. You pay in cash directly.)

There's also a good store with some veg options and snacks.

Pros: Abundance of options, Delicious, Cheap

Cons: Too many choices!, Seating is limited

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