Here is your chance to feel like Anthony Bourdain walking about Bangkok's markets sweating your ever-loving tits off feeling like the "culinary rockstar" that you know you are.
These markets are not at all vegan friendly (Anthony Bourdain probably just threw up a bit). If you really keep your eyes peeled then you might find the odd mushroom vermecelli stir-fry, morning glory/fern stir-fry or spring rolls. Vegan curries and pad thais are a rarity, especially with fish/oyster sauce in the picture (you'll smell it).
Fortunately, Thai sweets are usually vegan, but don't just take my word for it. Keep google translate handy to ask questions in Thai. Mango sticky rice is your best bet. We resorted to it a few times--not that I'm complaining.
Vegetarian pad thai in Thailand has been surprisingly below average in each market and restaurant. The 12 year Thai food lover in me sheds a silent tear each time.
Now it's not all bad. They have copious amounts of tropical fruit, juices, mushroom/seaweed spring rolls, salads and desserts.
Here's a list of street food markets that are guaranteed to give you that Thai flavour.
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok
Ratchada Night Market in Bangkok
- Chiang Mai Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai
Night Market Kad Suan Kaew in Chiang Mai
Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai
One Nimman market in Chiang Mai