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Vegan travelling to Maui, Hawaii

Aloha vegans,

a few weeks ago I lived in a nice guesthouse from a really kind family on Maui, Hawaii. It was such a great time and I was so thankful that they let me live in their house and the best: they were vegan friendly and cooked awesome dishes for me.

We drank delicious kale margaritas,

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ate sushi,

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drank green smoothies and had good coffee and just a good time together.

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I always had complete other pictures in my head when I thought about Hawaii. I dreamed of white sandy beaches, relaxed happy people and stuff. But I was a bit disappointed when I arrived there. Don’t get me wrong I had a good time and Maui for example is nice, but not „that“ nice. I missed the happiness and…. yeah, the „amazingness“ there. I quickly felt homesick for Asia 🙂

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Lots of coffee shops in Maui offer vegan options like soy and almond milk. A few of them even got vegan sandwiches and sweets, like the „Wailuku Cofee Co.“ in Wailuku.

My favorite coffee shop is „Sip Me“ in Mackawao:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA They will even offer a bunch of vegan cakes and sweets shortly.

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Unfortunately Hawaii is really- REALLY – expensive so I didn’t go out for dinner. I bought my stuff in the supermarket and had dinner at my family’s house 🙂 But there are lot of vietnamese and thai restaurants. But in the end I think you*re better off buying your stuff in a grocery store than going to a restaurant. I couldn’t find that much vegan options when I looked in the menus from the restaurants on the shore.

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Vegan travelling to Saigon, Vietnam // food tips for the road

I’m in Vietnam since a week now. I travelled from Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, to the Mekong Delta and back to get to the center of Vietnam, Da Nang and to Hoi An. I like this country so far. There are lots of really nice and helpful people, the weather is hot but I could handle that.

If I travelled on a sleeping bus there was a woman sitting next to me. If the bus stopped and some food traiders come into the bus for selling their fruits and vegetables, this woman offered me immediately one of her buttercorn (it was made with plant oil, i smelled it). She was so sweet! I really love the people

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But when it comes to vegan food in general it could get a bit difficult for you. I would like to share some tips with you.

1.) Make a list
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Write down your favorite things you’d like to eat and ask your receptionist at the hotel to put it down in the spoken language for you. Or get it from the menu if you’re in a restaurant where they translate their dishes.

2.) Whenever your in a supermarket where they sell any kinds of vegan food like fruit, bread, jam or whatever, get what you could carry and store. Just in case…

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Noodles with veggies and nuts at the l’usine.

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3.) don’t be shy

Ask the waiter if you could have just a rice/noodles with vegetables. That should be ok all around asia.

4.) eat a lot
If you’re in a restaurant with vegan food then eat as much as you can 🙂 You don’t have to starve a long time till you find another food court.

You don’t have to be scared of asia because you’re vegan. There’s always a way to get good food for you! But sometimes it turns out that eating vegetarian is a good compromise here in Vietnam, because you never know what they especially put on the veggies or in the soup even if it looks ,clean‘. I really enjoy my time up here and I hope you liked the quick tips for the road.

What do you do as a vegan abroad? Any tips I might add to this list?

I had some great experiences here in Saigon at these places:

– the khanhcasa tea house http://khanhcasa.com

– the hum restaurant http://www.hum-vegetarian.vn/default.aspx

– the l’usine restaurant http://lusinespace.com

xoxo,

Alex

Vegantravelling to Thailand…

Hallo vegane Weltenbummler,

 

ich bin vor ein paar Tagen von Thailand zurückgekommen. 10 Tage Paradies, 10 Tage Entspannung und 10 Tage vegane Ernährung in einem anderen Land auf einem anderen Kontinent.

 

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Pakweep Beach, Khao Lak

 

 

 

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Sonnenuntergang Khao Lak

 

 

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Ausblick aus unserem Hotelzimmer, Le Meridien Khao Lak

Asien ist wohl der denkbar beste Kontinent um vegan zu reisen. Die Asiaten trinken selber Sojamilch und nutzen die Sojabohne auch für Tofu, Margarine und vieles mehr. Ein Traum! Allerdings geht die Reise ja mit dem Flug zum heißersehnten Reisehotspot los und das kann schon mal zu Komplikationen führen 🙂

Ich bin mit Etihad und deren Tochterfirma Airberlin nach Phuket geflogen- ca. 12 Stunden Flug mit Aufenthalt in Abu Dhabi. Insgesamt also ca. um die 15-17 Stunden musste ich für den Transfer nach Khao Lak einplanen. Da es für viele Fluggesellschaften als ungeschriebenes Gesetz gilt, dass Vegetarier allesamt auch Fisch essen, gab es in meinem vegetarischen Menu Fisch. Super, als Beilagen dann noch Joghurt, Butter und Käse für das Brötchen. Ähäämmmm, was dann noch übrigbleibt für die ersten 6 Stunden Flug ist der „Obstsalat“ bestehend aus 3 kleinen Trauben, 2 mundgerechte Stück Melone und Ananas. Satt wird man davon nicht. Also nehme ich auf längeren Flügen mein eigenes Essen zur Sicherheit mit (Thailändische Airlines bieten veganes Essen an, bei allen anderen am besten im Vorfeld abklären und dann auch gleich reservieren!). Ein bisschen Obst, Riegel, Brote mit veganen Aufstrichen, Smoothies- es gibt einige Snackalternativen, die lange Flüge überleben und Euch satt machen!

IMG_9038Selbstgebautes Sandwich aus zerdrückter Kartoffel (=Aufstrich), Broccoli, Paprika, Tomate garniert mit Eisbergsalat.

 

In Thailand angekommen ist veganes Essen kein Problem mehr, beim Frühstück die extra Sojamilch anfragen und schon kann man das Müsli mit supertollen exotischen Früchten und Nüssen genießen, oder das Brot mit Sojamargarine und Marmelade/ Gemüse etc.

 

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Rambutan, Guave, Mangostan, Pittahaya, Wassermelone, Phuket Ananas

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Haferflocken und Cornflakes mit getrockneter Guave, getrockneter Mango, Cashews, Erdnüssen, Rosinen und Sojamilch.

Abends oder als Mittagessen gibt es dann diverse Auswahl:

von Som Tam (typischer thailändischer Papayasalat, seeeeeeehr scharf)

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über asiatische Gemüsesuppe als Vorspeise zu grünem Spargel mit Sojasauce oder Asianudeln mit tollem Gemüse als Hauptspeise geht es dann zu gegrillter Banane mit Kokosmilch oder Mango mit Kokos-Klebreis zur Nachspeise.

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Rote Wasserkastanien mit geeister Kokosmilch- ein Gedicht!!!

Ich konnte mich 10 Tage abwechslungsreich und superlecker ernähren. Auf den Thai-Märkten habe ich mir regelmäßig leckeres Obst oder tolle frischzubereitete Smoothies für sehr wenig Budget gegönnt.

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Mango-Coconut-Juice

 

 

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von rechts nach links: Mango, Papaya, Pomelo und Mangostan

 

Kurz gesagt: Thailand war für mich ein veganer Traum! Und falls mal etwas anderes oder zusätzliches gewünscht wird, erfüllen die Thais alle Wünsche (wenn es ihnen möglich ist). Die Leute sind so herzlich in diesem Land und trotz ihrer wenigen Möglichkeiten versuchen sie immer alles in ihrer Macht stehende um Ihre Gäste glücklich zu machen und verlieren nie ihr Lächeln auf den Lippen. Man füllt sich sofort aufgenommen und herzlich willkommen. Ein besonderes Lächeln erntet man, wenn man versucht, ein bisschen Thai zu sprechen, z.B.:

Guten Tag – Sawadi Kah (weiblich), Sawadi Krab (männlich): geht einher mit einer kleinen Verbeugung

Danke – Kop Kuhn Kah (weiblich), Kop Kuhn Krab (männlich)

Chai – ja

mai chai – nein

 

Ich kann nur jedem Empfehlen, dieses tolle Land zu bereisen und sich von Land und Leuten in den Bann ziehen zu lassen!

Wer von Euch ein paar Reisefotos ansehen möchte: Instagram – alex_andra0107

Bon Voyage 🙂

 

// english version:

Hi vegan globetrotter,

i came back from my journey to Thailand a few days before. 10 days paradise, 10 days relaxing and 10 days vegan nutrition in a foreign country on a foreign continent. It was awesome!

Asia is the best place for vegan travelling, i guess. The Asian people drink soy-milk, use tofu and there is allways a soy-margarine on every breakfast buffet as well. But first you have to fly to your dream destination and there is the poo 🙂 As long as different airlines offer fish as a vegetarian meal option quite natural, vegan travelling by plane is quite difficult. Cause beside the fish there is a bread with butter,  joghurt and tiny little fruitbites- cold as hell and not really tasty. But if you’re prepared and bring your own fresh fruit and different snacks with you everything is right. I brought a few cherrys, bananas, sandwiches and smoothies i bought at the airport to survive 15 hours door to door  travelling to Khao Lak.

If you’re finally arrived in Asia there are no more problems with a vegan diet. The menus are filled with delicious tropical fruit and vegetables you could only dream of. Just order your extra soy milk for breakfast and enjoy your bowl filled with cornflakes, cashews, peanuts, dried guava, raisins and mango and start your day right. Or take fresh fruit just like dragon fruit (white or pink), papaya, lychees, langostan, rambutan, mangosten and a lot more. It’s like vegan heaven 🙂 For dinner you get everywhere noodles or rice with yummy steamed, fried or deep fried vegetables or even better: thai som tam- it’s a thai papayasalad, known as the typical thai dish. But you should order it „nitnoi spicy“ cause there’s a lot of chilli in it, even for hot ones… As dessert there a fresh fruit plates, mango with sticky rice made with coconutmilk or red water chestnuts with iced coconutmilk for example.

I had an 10 day eating experience full of different flavors and dishes in Thailand and when we where on the go there was allways a thai market nearby where i could buy baked bananas with coconutsauce, vegan spring rolls or fresh fruit for a low budget. It was a great time.

And if you have some questions or extra wishes about your food or anything else the people there where so friendly and warmly wellcoming you and triet to do everything for you. Even if they have not much material belongings they seemed to me pleased and happy. All we could give them back was a few words in thai like „thank you“:

„thank you“ – khop khun kah (female) khop khun krab (male)

hello – sawadi kah (female) sawadi krab (male)

yes – chai

no – mai chai

But even if we couln’t speak that much thai they seemed allwas enjoyed that we tried 🙂

As you could see I could highly recommend travelling to Thailand!

If you want to look at a few pics made in paradise come and see my Instagram page: alex_andra0107

Bon Voyage…