Ethos is a legendary vegan paradise located just off the even more legendary Khao San road. It features a huge menu that encompasses all meals; Ethos is one of the few places for vegans on the Banana Pancake Trail where they can actually eat pancakes.
There is a dude passing out flyers on Khao San that describes Ethos as an “oasis” and compared to the nearby bustle of ladyboys and tuktuk drivers offering to take you to pingpong shows it does feel insulated and relaxed. They don’t serve soda here (and are happy to tell you why). They also warn you about eating too much non-fermented soy — a claim I am leery of, but since tempeh is delicious I don’t mind too much.
In addition to curries and pancakes, there is homemade muesli, falafel, aloo gobi, and baked vegan treats like apple crumble with coconut cream custard. The wifi is fast, there is a traveler’s library, and a very cute kitty might come and say hello.
It is a bit expensive, by Thai standards. But the portions are big and they use organic rice and other stuff that’s, you know, good for environment and stuff. No matter what your eating ethos is, you’re bound to enjoy the food here!
Coconut milk Banana Porridge
Coconut Banana Shake & Ginger Cooler
Tempeh Stir Fry
And a Very Cute Kitty
Coming from Ko Samui, Ko Phagnan was a breath of fresh air. Instead of fancy fish places and overpriced Indian, all we could find were affordable Israeli joints and hole-in-the-wall Thai places overflowing with curry.
Sidenote: Ko Phagan is the site of the legendary Full Moon party, but we were there in off-season, at the half-moon and it was much more chill than we were expecting.
As per our usual wont, we tried eating at a whole bunch of places and ended up settling with two. In general, we would eat lunch at PAPRIKA, which served a falafel sandwich and a fruit shake (as good as any we have ever had) for 100 baht/3 USD. The only drawback here was the overly unctuous server Steve, who pretended like I had the same name as him and tried to sell us overpriced tours.
For dinner, it was a trip to the down-the-alley bastion of MAN U. The curries were just as good at Ninja Crepes and slightly cheaper. Whether at lunch or dinner, a rousing game of My Dwarves Fly or Loveletter filled the time between ordering and eating.
Sometimes, if we were feeling really daring, we’d switch our dinner and lunch places. Especially if Steve was working at Paprika that day.
The Vegan food of Ko Phangan
Tofu Sandwich – Tastes as Dry as it Looks
Paprika’s Falafel – With Shake, 100 Baht/ 3 USD
Banana Coconut Shake – The Best (We Tried) In Thailand
Man U Massuman (WITH CASHEWS!)
Dinners at Man U