Pun Pun Organic Vegetarian Restaurant - Wat Suan Dok

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Wat Suan Dok temple, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Serving veggie food using mostly organic produce from local producers. Thai food, salads, pasta, shakes, smoothies, fruit drinks, and coffee. Directions: Find Wat Suan Dok temple on Suthep Rd going west out of the moat, turn into the temple and walk back past the large temple building on your right, then you'll see a small turn to your right with a stupa on your left, the restaurant is behind the stupa. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Thai, Juice bar, Take-out

35 Reviews

First Review by rheb

V/ peaceful, delicious food - Edit

Came here for lunch after a walk around Princess Mother Health garden, CMU art centre, and the peaceful Wat Suan Dok (temple). Enjoyed a delicious 60THB sweet and sour dish with little mushrooms, veggies, and sweet juicy pineapple which tasted like morsels of gold. It came with red rice as well.

It's away from the main road and is a simple place, no frills - enjoy your meal in serenity with the free roaming chickens wandering around at your feet.

Pros: Cheap, Delicious, Great location

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Didn't love it.... Saw a rat... - Edit

There are 2 Pun Pun, so don't get them confused. This one is by the temple and it's vegetarian. The kitchen didn't look so clean and the waitress spoke 0 English, and messed up our order, and brought us somebody else's order, even there were only 3 tables and we have explain that we are Jay (vegan), yet she brought us a Padthai covered in egg, when we didn't even order a padtai. The cups and plates were all chipped... And by the time we were finishing, we saw a RAT running from one side of the cafe to another, along the kitchen. Needless to say, we are not going back. They need to take their business a little more seriously, clean up the place, train their staff, and try to get rid of the rat problem.

Cons: could be cleaner, has rats, poor service...

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One of my favourites in Chiang Mai - Edit

This restaurant is a little out the way but easy to find in the wat complex. Food is cooked fresh and is easily some of the best food I have tasted in Chiang Mai. The mushroom sausage was my favourite, followed closely by the pomelo salad. The spicy mushroom salad, pad kaprow and fiddlehead fern (whatever that is) was also amazing. Highly recommend this place.

Pros: Great variety, Some unusual dishes to try, Tasted fantastic

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Too crowded - Edit

Vegetarian restaurant , Thai food , quite good but always too crowded and lot of time to wait to have your meal . Not my favourite

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Yummy. Cheap. Opening hours vary. - Edit

I came here yesterday, and they had run out of food and closed an hour early. Today I'm here early but they don't have the fermented mushroom sausage I came for.
I'm having hot Thai tea and Som Tam Thai papaya salad. It's spicy with the beautiful lime, chilli, peanut combo.
Pun Pun is behind a huge temple with monks inside. It's one of the few where I've seen monks praying and training.

Pros: Yummy, Cheap , Next to a nice temple

Cons: They may close early , Or not have the meal you choose

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massive taste and simply wonderful - Edit

Everything organic and local which you can taste immediately. Simple dishes but many options to choose from and also very good special dishes such as the fermented mushroom sausage - I would have liked to try every single dish. Also a great variety of salads with different dressings. I sat there to have breakfast and then lunch as well. Wonderful!

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Favourite place to eat in Chiang Mai - Edit

I LOVE PUN PUN. Every single time i'm there, they don't disappoint. They can get a little crowded during the peak hours so be prepared to wait a little. But its definitely worth the wait. Their khao soi is pretty great but they have this fermented mushroom dish which is out of this world. Also really nice vegan chocolate cake!

Pros: Fermented mushroom dish!!, Really good food, Friendly english speaking staff

Cons: Might be a little hard to find, Can get crowded

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Nice food - Edit

Went here for lunch and had a very tasty salad: ingredients were really fresh and the tofu is homemade and sort of two-toned! My friend had a cooked dish which he said was tasty, but I thought it looked very small!

Pros: plenty of vegan options, Great juices, fresh ingredients

Cons: slow service

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Very Good - Edit

Pun Pun has a great, quiet location under the trees on the grounds of the Wat. The food has been really good each visit, especially recommend the mushroom sausages! Not a full meal themselves (you get 2) but definitely a good side dish. Always popular it seems, better to come earlier rather than later.

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Great vegan food - Edit

Opt for the specialties. It changes from the Thai classics.

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Tasty - Edit

Thai food was grand, awesome Som Tum salad and curries. I had the tempeh dip, which was a little disappointing, over fermented (or maybe just old), and deep fried, not a good combo, bitter and flavorless. Otherwise all okay, would recommend the Thai food for sure.

Pros: Killer Thai food , Nice environment

Cons: Dodgy directions , Bitter tempeh

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good - Edit

Vegan and vegetarian. Tasty. Outside + indoor seating. Good menu. Low price. Items for sale.

Pros: pleasant environment , low cost, English thai menu

Cons: a little hard to find. Set back.

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The Pun Pun is here but not by Night Safari - Edit

How ever I marked the other one as closed I hope it could save somebody a minute or freaking hour+. I spend couple hours just to discover that the one by night safari was the temporary location and is closed now.

I liked this one though. Food is reasonably priced and tasty.
However the waitress is a piece. Not rude but not welcome either. She will treat you like a tree. Acknowledging your existence but disregarding your presence. Cold and unemotional. Not that it is a big of a deal. Just very strange experience.
Hell. I would even recommend going to experience it for yourself. If you have luck to catch the duty time.

And anyway if you are for the food this is the right place.

Pros: Staff?, Food

Cons: Staff?

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Cheap! - Edit

Food is delicious and in a great price. Many thai options, and great teas.

Didn't find it very clean (but nothing harmful).

Location is great to have a mindful and slow food meal.

Pros: inexpensive , many options

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Pun Pun's new location is pretty bad - Edit

I used to love Pun Pun when it was outdoors under a Bodhi tree in a beautiful courtyard, full of happy people. Now (still in Wat Suan Doc temple) it is in a dark unpleasant hall (no wood, no character) with a few tables outside virtually in a noisy, horrible car park. Food is still good but there are four or five much nicer veggie and vegan places elsewhere in Chiang Mai whose food is as good, and often better than Pun Pun. Sadly it has lost it's character and the staff seem demoralised. Often closes at about 3pm (one hour earlier than 'official' closing time) when they tell you, in a very apologetic and friendly way: "Sorry, all food gone". I have never heard such an excuse in any restaurant or cafe in either Thailand or India - ever! Most of the food is cooked freshly when you order, so what they mean is either - we have no more ingredients which we can cook for you (unbelievable) or - "we are too tired and we want to go home". Some suggestions for major improvements (if the management are interested): 1.Brighten up the indoor dark hall with plants, flowers, better lighting, windows, art works etc. 2. Stay open until 8pm like every other veggie restaurant in Chiang Mai (people get fed up with the early closing and just give up on you). Make a barrier (plants, wood) in the car park and keep the noisy, polluting SUVs at least 20 metres from the tables. It needs a manager who has some interest and initiative in trying to restore the lovely atmosphere of happy staff and satisfied customers and lovely surrounding which Pun Pun, famously, used to have. Best wishes to you all.

Pros: Good food, Staff friendly

Cons: Horrible atmosphere and setting, Not much initiative or interest by staff

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Not clean - Edit

Did not look clean and healthy.

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BIBIJOO 22 Nov 2015 - The fried food doesn't seem health, yet the salad is really fresh & with big portion & good mixture of with choices of salad.  


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I would say the Pun Pun is the best in Chiang Mai - Edit

I bought Nancy Chandler's Map of Chiang Mai and found the Pun Pun Organic Vegetarian Restaurant. The service was ok, but the food was really good. (and there is a nice cafe near Pun Pun. if you enter from the back side of Wat Suan Dok of the entrance, you will see modern cozy cafe, "The Barn")
There are Menus in Japanese, Chinese, and English available at Pun pun restaurant. I had papaya salad and fried rice, both are tasty.
they also have a tip box for saving seed thing. I wanna support the for what they are doing. I hope they open their cafe all over the world.
Updated from previous review on Friday September 18, 2015

and also They are NOT VEGAN, so you have to tell them to use NO EGG!!

Pros: nice food, clean vibration

Cons: a bit far from old city, close at 4pm

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Best vegetarian food in CM hands down. - Edit

Best in CM, love the Indian curry with wholemeal naan. Great juices too, wheatgrass shots, etc.

Pros: Awesome

Cons: None

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absolute BEST of chiang mai - Edit

I'm still at Pun Pun writing this review. I am a vegan and this food was absolutely killer :) the fried flower salad is a must. don't leave this restaurant without getting it. and I got the phenomenal pad thai without the egg. both exceptional. this has been my favorite restaurant in chiang mai. super vegan friendly.

Pros: everything and they totally understand the concept

Cons: nothing.

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Top a Top! - Edit

behind Wat Suan Dok temple, you can eat inside the restaurant or outside in the temple's quiet and peaceful "backyard"
love the food there, mainly Thai cuisine, good variety, nice service and you even can get some free seeds to plant organic veggies.
not as cheap as the "hole in the wall" vegan places, but far from expensive
one of my worldwide favorites, definitely a top a top place!

Pros: great food, nice staff, fair prices

Cons: not very easy to find

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Delicious Vegetarian Food in Chiang Mai - Edit

Pun Pun - lt took a second attempt to find it, but once it was found, it was our eating place while in Chiang Mai.
First of all, make you sure you enter the grounds of the Wat Suan Dok (temple) off Suthep Road, as it is actually past the Main Temple and behind the Monk's Chat Room.
Pun Pun is out doors, shaded by a huge Bodhi tree. lt is basic and simple, with some tables, some umbrellas and wooden chairs.
What is amazing are the dishes that they prepare in such a simple environment. The salads, the Thai dishes and drinks are so good.

Having 4 dishes with red/brown rice for some 250B ($10CAD) is so reasonable for two people.
Organic, fresh, delicious and tasty.
Went there nearly every second day, because when you find a place that makes good preparations, why go elsewhere?
Look forward to revisiting Pun Pun when am next back in Chiang Mai.

Pros: Relaxing outdoor setting, Tasty, delicious dishes, Such a selection

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atmovin 06 Oct 2017 - Sadly not under the Bodhi tree any more ... in horrible indoor dark hall, with three tables in noisy polluted car park outside ... Pity!  


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Quality Thai Veggie from Farm to Table - Edit

Pun Pun has been serving quality vegetarian food in Chiang Mai for seven years. It is the classic organic vegetarian table service restaurant, the first of its kind in Chiang Mai. The concept is farm to table with the produce coming from Pun Pun organic farm and other small organic farms known to the owner.

The food is consistently good with many stand out dishes: the beautiful and tasty flower salad, banana heart salad, wing bean salad, tofu and sesame plate. Yum. The prices are quite inexpensive considering the quality of the ingredients and the owners try to their meals affordable. The also offer special inexpensive meals for the monks who study at the Buddhist University located on the same grounds.

The restaurant is in the grounds of the Buddhist temple which is unique in itself. Diners should be respectful of this and not arrive in short shorts or revealing outfits.

In answer to some of the "cons": All meals can be served vegan, just tell them to hold the egg. The portions are Thai style.

And did you know that the first guest at this restaurant was the Venerable Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh?

Pros: Truly organic tasty meals, Inspiring owners, Unique Atmosphere

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Lovely Pun Pun - Edit

The food is fresh and very good taste with various Thai dishes to choose.
Lovely staffs with good service. The price is very reasonable.

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Spooning the Pun - Edit

Pun Pun is a pioneer of good tasty food. It's clear, after eating a delicious Panaeng Curry with whole grain brown rice, that the staff of Pun Pun are dedicated to feeding the masses organic food.

Pun Pun is located within Wat Suan Dok, right beside a banyan tree. The environment and the food make it a great place to be still in a serene setting.

I throughly enjoyed my lunch and look forward in exploring the menu options. While slurping on my pineapple mint shake my taste buds were refreshened with nice blend of ice and citrus.

It may be a little far to get to, if you are hanging out in Old City. But it is worth the ride over and getting your taste buds enlightened with organic food yum.

The curious mind can sit in view of the kitchen and see the staff preparing the dishes. They have the kitchen flow going on. No one is agitated and seems to be in a constant state of meditation and spirit of making excellent food.

Pun Pun see you in the near future. Arroy mak mak!

Pros: Excellent Food, Serene, Peaceful Staff

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Nice place, interesting food - Edit

I wish more of the food had been vegan - a lot seemed to have egg or "egg tofu" unfortunately. The menu is huge - for example, "spicy salads" warrant a separate page from "salads"! It says that they mark the menu whenever an item has eggs or milk and the menu did seem to be marked up, but then I ordered a rice and it turned up with a fried egg - luckily, on the side, so easy to get rid of, but still...
It's pretty popular, with tables filling up almost as soon as they emptied. You sit outside under a huge tree, in the temple grounds, away from the main road behind the temple, a very peaceful environment (though there are quite a lot of ants trying to share your food!).
What we ate was great, good flavours and good value. The staff were friendly and helpful too.

Pros: atmosphere, vegan options, fresh smoothies

Cons: too many eggs, ants!

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Food OK, atmosphere much better - Edit

There is nothing wrong with this place, but I never understand the rave reviews for the food. It is set in a very nice garden type area, so worth visting for that.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Food is nothing special

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The best in CM - Edit

I wrote not so positive reference bfore but changed my mind since then. Pun-Pun is awesome and very artistic. So far they serve the best food in Chiangmai. And it's organic. And inexpensive. But if you want to learn Thai Food from them - save your money - they teach plain Thai cuisine, not that fine as they serve (because two different group of people manage restaurant and cooking school).

Pros: Unsual menu, Free water, Fine look and taste

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