What is it like being a vegetarian in Thailand?
I understand there are veggie style rice & noodle dishes a plenty but Ive also been told that in Thailand if you say 'no meat' theres a danger you might still get served 'white meat' or fishy fish dishes etc.
Not interested in hearing witty comments from carnivores on a mission to convert 'veggie weirdos' just looking for tips and advice on stearing well clear of anything thats ran around in a field, squirmed or wriggled etc....Yuck.
I am also a vegetarian and I find it easy. Of course I eat the same thing for dinner almost everynight; stirred fried veggies & rice. A bit boring perhaps, but I can live with it.
When you get to Thailand, have a travel agent that speaks decent English write in your notebook the Thai spelling of vegetarian dishes you like. Write the phonetic spelling of what you want to eat and practice saying it in Thai. Almost everywhere you will go in Thailand now have a menu in both Thai & English. If they don't, you have your notebook with Thai dishes listed and you can try your Thai pronunciation out on your server. Good luck & PM me if you have any questions.
I think post#2 has said it better. Always better to write it down and show it to the bearer/server of the restuarant is sure way of conveying your message.Sometimes even if you speak, the meaning could differ.
Just google for Veg retaurants in Thailand.may be you will have more information.
Iam also a vegan.
Saying that you are allergic to meat is the only way here in Japan to guarantee that u dont get ne meat on ur mushroom pizza!!
And get "I am a vegetarian - i do not eat any meat or fish" or equivalent written down in Thai script, and carry it around with you to show whenever you order. A vegan friend of mine has just finished 8mths in SEA and carried a similar thing, and only once had a problem, and that was quickly rectified.