Happy Green

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Pa Daet Nuar 1 Alley, Pa Daet, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100

Vegetarian eatery with a vegan buffet by the Mae Ping river, on its west bank, over-viewing Wat Chedi Liem pagoda. Follow Chang Klan road south until you underpass Mahidol road bridge, continue 600 meters, and the restaurant will be on your left, look for the yellow red veg sign. Many of the vegetables and fruits used are organically grown in its riverfront yard; the remaining produce is from its small farm in Lampang. Some pre-made dishes are displayed at the front of the restaurant, and you could also order from the menu. Buffet breaks 2-4pm. Limited English spoken. Open Tue-Sun 9:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Thai, Laotian

27 Reviews

First Review by LilacHippy

good food, great view, good price and good service - Edit

Spacious area with a great view. I had the papaya salad and it was very refreshing and filling with the steamed pumpkin.

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Beautiful place - Edit

Beautiful place just outside CHiang Mai where you can have a buffet with fresh and organic food. All good and tasty . Friendly staff . Must try it

Pros: Quality , Cheap

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Fantastic lunch buffet - Edit

Great spot. $5 all you can eat lunch buffet, with a dozen or dishes. Plus fruit drinks, 2 or 3 savouries, free water, and free wifi. I ate here every 2nd day!
Open air, comfy wooden tables and chairs, beautiful view.

Pros: taste, low cost, friendly

Cons: hot in the hot season, lack of english

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Happy with Happy Green :) - Edit

What a lovely experience :D We just went there today and hung out for a couple hours, had a delicious meal that seemed quite healthy, too, and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon with a very nice view of the garden, and the majestic temple across the river. Exactly what we needed. The 2 ladies who worked there are very kind and speak enough English to have all our questions and requests answered. This little oasis is not to be missed! This place is open till 8 pm (20:00), by the way. Happy Cow says 6 pm, but I'll send them the update.

It's basically an all you can eat buffet for 140 baht, and they have a menu as well. Drinks were separate. Yes, we enjoyed it and we'd like to go back. We left around sunset time, and that's when the mosquitoes started to show up. So, it seems like if you want to avoid mosquitoes, come before sunset time. The best weather in this hot season is before 4 pm. So the best time to enjoy Happy Green is between morning, and 3 pm, in my opinion. They also have some organic veggies for sale. We got a kilo of organic onions for 40 baht. They also sell coconuts that grow right there, in the garden, but those are 60 baht a pop, which is definitely up there. So I asked several times, and the ladies said it's ALL vegan. I'll send Happy Cow that update as well.

Pros: Organic, Adjacent Garden, Beautiful Temple View

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LilacHippy 15 Feb 2017 - Thanks for the update but are you sure this is correct. The buffet food is all vegan but the a la carte menu they always sold eggs upon request. Are you sure they have stopped doing this? They also sold goats milk in the fridge. Are you sure they have stopped doing this also? I will try to find out myself as soon as I can. I will be very happy if they have, but they hadn't when I was there a week or so ago...  


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great place - Edit

Run by the nicest woman in Thailand, great clean and healthy food, the place is just overflowing with good vibes :)

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My #1 spot - Edit

Its an unlimited buffet of excellent vegan food for 140 baht. They will not let you leave until you have gotten more than your moneys worth.

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Incredible - Edit

Definitely my go to restaurant in CM.
The food is delicious and amazing, and the surroundings and view is just incredible.

Pros: friendly and good service, amazing food, incredible surroundings and view

Cons: limited english, but not a problem.

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Organic Whole Foods! - Edit

Happy Green is a magical place with amazing people and incredible food. If you want to change your life and get healthy, you should visit this place and the great food will change you from the inside out!

Pros: Organic Food, Amazing People, Low Price

Cons: Some mosquitoes, Far away from Europe, Closed On Mondays :/

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Love it! - Edit

Definitely one of favourite places to eat :) my omni friend and I walked to here from the city centre because we were too cheap to pay for a taxi (please do not walk from the centre! we almost died!). Luckily we both found the food was definitely worth it and of course went up for seconds :) when we got there there were only a couple other people, so it was very peaceful. We stayed for more than a couple hours just lying down and enjoying the view.

Pros: Great food, as much as you want from buffet, Lovely staff, Very cheap!

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BUFFET FOR HIGH CARB VEGANS - Edit

Cheapest vegan buffet I've been to in Chiangmai! Really high carb and foods are fairly cooked in little oil ;)

Pros: Affordable, high carb

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Amazing value in a nice setting - Edit

Happy Green is a great little restaurant just outside the centre of town.

How anybody could complain about this place, I'm not quite sure. ฿100 for an all you can eat vegan buffet is reasonable by any standards.

The ladies who run the place are super friendly and very welcoming.

The food is tasty, authentic and wholesome.

The setting by the river is pleasant and relaxing.

I really liked it, so 5 stars and highly recommended. As long as you are reasonable in your expectation at such low prices, you'll like it too.

Pros: price, all you can eat, setting

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It's a gem! - Edit

My wife, 2 y.o. son and me arrived half an hour before closing so food was a little chilly but boy it has not made it worse a bit.
100 baht for all you can eat buffet is super worth it.
40 baht for a coconut is a market price guys.
Ladies are super nice and accommodating.
Like we visited our grand parents in Thai village.
We highly recommend this place!
I tried every single dish and all of them are awesome!
Alloy alloy! Khop khun maak!

Pros: Food, Place, People

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Fantastic buffet - Edit

80 baht all you can eat buffet is what I always go for. Tastes amazing and you can take your time to relax and eat plenty. Maybe take a nap too. Buffet available all day so don't worry about the kitchen closed/break period mentioned above.

Pros: Taste, price, environment

Cons: None

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Good food - Edit

Feels like home food :)

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very special place, a must! - Edit

i don't know where to start... first, if you know which road it's on, the place is very easy to find. it's next to the street but still a great location because from the wooden tables and benches, which are situated on a wooden platform with a roof but no walls (so you're basically sitting outside) you have a view over their garden.
i don't know it it's always like this but when we visited they offered a all-you-can-eat buffet with around 6 overly delicious dishes, that, apart from 2, were not spicy at all, which we welcomed a lot! you can make everything spicy tough if you please. there were curries, soups, noodle, tofu and veggie dishes, steamed veggies and rice of course. they also offered fresh raw vegetables from their garden. all free to take (: the whole buffet costs you only... 80B!!!!! we were stunned!
the place spreads a cozy atmosphere and in fact, we lingered there the whole day, eating, reading and sleeping as well. the woman who probably owns this place even told us that it'd be ok to do as we like, offering us more of their fresh veggies and food and also drinking water. speaking of her, she was the best thing about the whole place! it's rare to meet someone so sweet and lovely as her, i tell you! she's very bad at english but makes up for it with gestures, smiles and even hugs and gets so happy if you compliment her food it's impossible not to be happy as well (:
on that day, they offered raw cakes as well and a few great juices with no added sugar. the whole food seems very healthy by the way.
i'd say it's a must-visit for anyone. definitely my favourite now in chiang mai!

Pros: the lovliest owners ever!, cheap all-you-can-eat-b

Cons: you have to get there either by public transport o

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I've grown to love it here - Edit

Happy Green! It seems in a city packed with glorious vegan food that it would be odd to have a favourite. But is it ok? Am I allowed? Happy Green is my favourite!

I want to echo what other people have said about this not being a "western" place, and also not really being totally a Thai style place. It's open later than most Thai places, it's a little pricier than the fun/tacky gin jay places around town. But it's in a beautiful rustic setting overlooking the gardens and river and temple, the staff are a family who like to have fun with each other and their guests, and the food is totally brilliant. I've been impressed and excited every time! Maybe not perfect for desserts but they always have something sweet they can offer.

I've only been here when it's quiet, I imagine it would be quite a thrill to see it bubbling over during the day. Adored by locals and visitors alike, super-chill and always a good time.

Pros: Great cooks, Fresh delicious ingredients, Beautiful setting

Cons: Not a big selection of drinks/ desserts

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Lunch overlooking the Panang river - Edit

Very pleasant spot. Friendly staff and amazing vegan buffet.

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a True Thai Discovery! - Edit

Our tour of vegan - vegetarian eateries in the chiang mai area had been "ho-hum" until we came upon Happy Green, a short/cheap taxi ride out of the city hustle/bustle. beautifully located overlooking the mae ping river, across from a pagoda, the ambience of the restaurant is notable, and testament to the caring/compassionate thai family behind Happy Green. very rustic, and built of recycled wood in thai farmhouse style. this is not a fast food in/out style, rather, a place to hang out for a morning or afternoon hour or so, (they close late afternoon).

the ingredients are organic/local and fresh, either from their on-site garden or family farm. the food is simple, tasty, plentiful and healthful (fairly priced too.) yes, the service is on the calmer side, but hey, if you want zip-zip in/out, then don't come to thailand. (they have a mini-food market there too, where you can get assorted organic fruit, veg, rice, coconuts, coco water by the giant bag too!)

so in summary, let go of the stress and immerse yourself in the Happy Green experience:>)...and if you really want a link to the busy world, they do have electrical outlets/wifi throughout...

Pros: food, location, ambience

Cons: minimal english spoken

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Maybe I was here too late - Edit

Arrived here late with a group of +10. The buffet was over so we ordered from the menu. It took for ages for them to make everything, and some of it never arrived. Then an other group arrived and they ordered the buffet, so they also strated to make stuff for the buffet.
Their signature salad was superb.
The curry (red?) that I had was the best on my trip: the taste was so intence I had never had anything like it before.
They seemed pretty un-organized and they noticed this also them selves. The waiter said that we don't have to pay at all and then gave us all a free glass of coconut water. We like the food so much that all of us payd and also gave a tip.
Maybe it's better to come here early.
Don't remember what the prices were like, since it was in the beginning of my trip so had no comparison then.
Location a bit far, if you're not on a bike.

Pros: Taste, Staff, Garden

Cons: Staff, Location

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more like 3.5 stars. - Edit

this place is super rustic and away from any noise. lovely view of a wat and the river. i could have sat there all day. it was wonderful.
the food was okay. we had the buffet because the woman in charge didn't really want to cook us anything from the menu. she really pushed for the buffet, so we went with it. we ordered shakes and her reply was 'that's going to take awhile, wouldn't you like a coconut instead?'. i said that was fine as we were not in a hurry and we wanted the shakes. there was only one other table there. i didn't realise that after eating our cold buffet meal, we still wouldn't have had our drinks. we got up to pay and she was just then starting to make them, so we sat back down and drank them.
if this place was run right, it would be really great. as of now, 3.5 stars.

Pros: quiet, peaceful location, 80 baht buffet

Cons: slow service, cold buffet

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Happy (Yum) Green - Edit

Being that it was my first time, I was introduced to the family and then given a tour of the vegetable garden. What an amazing welcome!

I have a refreshing conversation with one of the owners. She shared about her dedication to holistic lifestyle. Food, mind/body well-being and community. They are a family of rice farmers that have transition over time to the modern world by offering wholesome vegetarian / vegan dishes and organic fruits and vegetables.

It's rustic and natural casual setting is a nice chill out spot. They have recently installed wifi for the customers.

This jewel is located along the Ping River and the dining area has a great view of Wat Chedi Liem (Wat Ku Kham).

With our busy lives it's seems rare to just sit and appreciate the stillness. Happy Green provides that setting we all need from time to time.

About 85 - 90% of the produce com from the family farm. Today I watched as they we putting ripe papaya with such care and enthusiasm. Happy is not just a word. it's a genuine expression.

I enjoyed the buffet. A lot of the preparations are local dishes. This is a nice change from the standard dishes that are very popular like Pad Thai. And, they do make Pad Thai to order.

I also had fresh coconut. My Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) was good and spicy but it was a variation of what I was used to eating.

I wish that I lived closer so that I could make many more trips there. I posted a picture of the Thai language signage and if you are using local transit or google maps. This hotel Sheik Istana Hotel is about 100 meters away.

I am looking forward to returning to Oasis soon.

Pros: Local Organic Rice, Organic Vegetables, Fresh

Cons: Location

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Nearly inedible - Edit

Just came from here having ordered a tom yum soup for 60thb and a red curry for 35 - inexpensive but not unusually so for Chiang Mai. The "curry" had some nice fresh vegetables but they were just swimming in oil with no curry flavor I could detect. The tom yum was literally inedible - spicy but without the sour lime and galangal flavor it should have. We left it nearly untouched. Lime soda was too sour to finish also. The buffet is 30thb a plate but the food is cold and looks unappetizing. We sat and waited for one of the 6 people working today to bring us menus or take our order but had to get up and find it all ourselves. Nice enough garden in the back and lovely ingredients but on the whole lacking in atmosphere, service, and flavor. Having lived in Chiang Mai for over a year and loving Thai food as much as I do, was very excited to try this place (despite having been turned away yesterday because they closed a half hour early) but will never come back and recommend my friends not come here either.

Pros: They grow their own vegetables, They've got a garden out back, Affordable

Cons: Food was very nearly inedible, Ambiance isn't very nice, Service is pretty indifferent

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Lovely place - Edit

The restaurant is pleasant, spacious, breezy, and feels like being in a rural area although it's in town. The food, especially the ordered one from the menu, is good and the service was fine. The only problem was getting there. Although the directions given in the HapppyCow are correct (thank you!), we, several Thais we asked, and the song-teaw driver, had difficulties getting there. I am therefore including several photos that can serve as landmarks.

Pros: pleasant location, spacious & breezy, good food

Cons: a bit out of the way, difficult to find

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green viewery and tasty food - Edit

I got lost on my motorcycle trip and found this place near the river. They really have their own veg just outside the restaurant. Food & drinks were really tasty. Definitely worth for a lunch or dinner.

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Raw Till 4 High Carb Low Fat Easy Done - Edit

Happy Green does not have the fastest service in town but the food quality is beyond all others. Freshly picked salads from the garden make it difficult to remain 100% vegan with the ants but this is the norm for a great organic restaurant as the life-force is on your plate. Are they selling organic sweet potatoes or potatoes? No problem, ask them to make you a mash up as even though it is not on the menu they will be happy go get it done. Tell them to hold the oils and salts and they will comply. Don't trip over grandmother lounging between the kitchen and the open back deck. Don't wait for a server, get up and talk to the staff. Are you fully raw? Now problem as they'll blend a smoothie as you sip coconut water. This place is the real deal and while others would drop stars for the quicks I would rate more than 5 stars when compared to other places with the commercial feel, the light plate, and the view of walls and non-organic ingredients.

Pros: Fresh, whole, organic, Open 7 days a week!, Prices!

Cons: Open air - when it is cold it is cold, Not for the service oriented

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Inexpensive and tasty! - Edit

Salads range from 30-50B. The glass noodle salad was my favorite. All of the salads are made spicy so make sure to tell them if you don't want it too spicy! The papaya salad was my bfs favorite; it has a peanut dressing.

The smoothies are so yummy too! Simple with no added stuff. I got mango.


Most, if not all, of their food is grown in their organic garden at the restaurant. So fresh!

Pros: inexpensive , fresh, organic ingredients grown in their own gard

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Undiscovered - Edit

This is an undiscovered Thai vegetarian restaurant which is unlike other Thai places because it is open all day every day and you can order from their menu as well as pick from pre-made dishes. Do not expect a silver service but along with it's rustic and simple design overlooking the river I find that it is all part of it's charm. 10% off for cyclists and students. Most importantly, the food is amazing. Go discover it.

Pros: Amazing Food, Cheap, Pleasant riverside setting

Cons: Little English spoken

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