Palang Bun

  • Health-food-store Health Store
    ( 3 reviews )

Navamin Road, Sukhapiban 1 (at front of Santi Asoke Temple), Bangkok, Thailand

Organic produce, ready-made vegan food, natural products, books. Open Tue-Sun 6:00am-9:00am, 11:00am-6:00pm.

3 Reviews

First Review by Morni

SOUL FOOD _/\_ - Edit

Amazingly cheap and very organic. Thai dishes with brown rice and noodles are lovely. All the fresh vegetables serve there are all organic influenced by the way of Buddha and King Bhumipol Adulyadej (Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy). "Our loss is our gain" is the motto.

Pros: Low-Priced, High-Quality, Tasty, Simplicity, Healthy

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Lovely little community - Edit

We enjoyed our trek out to the Santi Asoke temple and surrounds. The temple itself is an oasis of calm, coolness and quiet and features a massive waterfall at its heart, with communal space around it to chill and take in the energy. Surrounding the temple were various small shops selling natural products, ready to eat foods and organic fruits and veges. At 4-5pm when we visited we found 3 vegetarian eateries. One was a very simple noodle shop on the main road - the noodles were cheap and quite tasty (felt a bit Chinese in flavour but I might be wrong). Across the road there was a restaurant and natural products store called Asoka, where we tried a green curry and a vegetable stir-fry - we asked for no mock meat in both so it was thankfully absent. The green curry was *very* firey! Not bad but not fabulous either. The vege stir fry tasted like your average Chinese fare, so much so that we secrectly suspected it probably contained MSG (the sauce for the noodles across the road did, it was listed amongst the ingredients on the bottle, so we skipped it). There was another restaurant on a side street nearby but it was closed - apparently they close at 4pm, so maybe we'll try it next time.

We bought some awesome organic passionfruit at a nearby store - they were super huge and taste great.

To get here, we took the subway to Phahon Yothin (a few stops before the Chatuchak markets), then got a taxi for about half and hour (cost us 111 baht one way). Nice little day trip from central Bangkok.

Pros: organics!!!, nice community vibe, beautiful temple

Cons: Far from central Bangkok, MSG?, mock meat

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Excellent - Edit

An excellent source of products, many without garlic and onion but not all. Wonderful to visit the community and forest monastary as well so take your time and enjoy! Also has some natural fibre clothing and natural toiletries at affordable costs. Vegetarian restaurant nearby. A vegetarian paradise in Asia!

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gosky 20 Dec 2008 - Me too! going there frequently...this community help up alot to be vegetarian...they provide all organic product that came from another around of Thailand...I feel lucky to know them.


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ggwyn 22 Feb 2013 - This veg community is spread out in close proximity around The HQ of Santi Asoke, the largest and most well known sect to be excommunicated from the countries national Buddhist body. This is not to say that they don't support vegetarianism.

Indeed, they do more than their share to promote healthy food that is organic, non GM and all natural products and ideals including peace to cows and other animals that are subject to human fodder.

This is evidenced by the veg community surrounding them which consists of say 30 business's catering to vegetarian restaurant, natural fibre clothing, non chemical products such as for household cleaning and non chemical personal hygiene products such as toothpaste. Also aromatherapy, massage therapy products, a big range of colon cleansing stuff, vitamin and mineral supplements, natural Thai medicinal products, books and other media (mostly Thai language), organic fruit and veg shops, health food veg cafe, organic food snack bar, health orientated mini markets, natural product super market, natural product wholesale outlet, street vendors and more and so on....

I have twice been to this veg community and Santi Asok 'forest monastery' HQ (which incidentally is well within the bounds of suburban Bangkok:) The first time a Santi Asok volunteer gave me a 2 hour unpaid guided tour of the HQ and veg community and also helped me as interpretor in my efforts to find (successfully) organic live aloe vera.

One small cafe does very nice organic vegan ice cream.  

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