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Chiang Mai, Bangkok make veggie list

A staff is disinfecting a passenger wagon at Maha Chai train station. (Photo © The State Railway of Thailand)

Chiang Mai and Bangkok are among the top 75 vegetarian-friendly cities in the world, according to the Vegetarian Cities Index 2021.

The report was conducted by Nestpick, a Berlin-based online housing platform. It selected 75 cities out of 200 based on each rating on the availability of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, events and price.

Top of the list were London, followed by Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Glasgow, Zurich, Palma de Mallorca, Los Angeles, Bristol and San Francisco.

Chiang Mai came in at 36th position and Bangkok is 73rd. Other Asean cities in the list were Singapore (62nd) and Ubud (67th).

The study also found that Chiang Mai is the city with the most affordable vegetarian restaurants, followed by Ubud, Bangkok, Istanbul and Prague.

Unfortunately, Phuket which has an annual vegetarian festival, was not selected for the study.

The company expects that the index can inspire vegetarians looking to move or travel abroad to pick the right city for their needs.

Visit nestpick.com/vegetarian-cities-index.

SRT resumes Samut Sakhon service

The State Railway of Thailand resumed the Wong Wian Yai-Maha Chai and Ban Laem- Mae Klong routes last week after they were halted due to the second wave of Covid-19.

The train departs Wong Wian Yai station in Bangkok every hour from 5.30am to 8pm. From Maha Chai station in Samut Sakhon, the train service is available from 4.30am to 7pm. The travel time is about one hour.

One-way tickets are 10 baht for non-air-conditioned passenger cars and 25 baht for air-conditioned seats.

From Maha Chai, one can travel to Samut Songkhram by taking a ferry to cross Tha Chin River to Ban Laem train station and ride a train to Mae Klong station in Samut Songkhram province. The train service is available four times a day. It departs Ban Laem station at 7.30am, 10.10am, 1.30pm and 4.40pm. From Mae Klong station, the train will depart at 6.20am, 9am, 11.30am and 3.30pm. The travel time is about one hour. The fare is 10 baht.

Visit railway.co.th or call 1690.


– Chiang Mai Night Safari has joined hands with five airlines to offer 20% discounts on zoo tickets.

Called “Bin Lat Fa Su Lanna” or Flying To Lanna, the campaign is joined by AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile and Thai Vietjet. Visitors need to present their boarding pass and ID card to get the discount for visits this month.

The zoo will provide 50% off the entrance fee between April 10-16 to celebrate the Songkran holiday.

Visit facebook.com/chiangmainightsafarifanclub or call 053-999-000.


– Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has launched the “Festival at Kempinski Family Staycations” to celebrate the Songkran holiday.

Prices for a night stay start from 8,888 baht net when booking a room between April 12-14. The promotion also includes a one-time event access per night from 3-6pm for all-you-can-eat festival favourites, free-flow selected non-alcoholic beverages and draught beer, and a live trio band with a special session with the famous singer Ice Saranyu on April 13. There will also be garden and poolside kids’ activities.

Available until April 14, the room rates also include breakfast for two adults and up to two children aged not more than 12 years old, a 2,000 baht hotel credit, early check-in at 10am and late check-out until 6pm (except for pool access and Animal Kingdom theme suites).

Visit kempinski.com or call 02-162-9000.

– Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort has introduced a Songkran Indulgent promotion for stays between April 9-18.

From April 13-15, guests can participate in Buddhist blessing ceremonies, colourful parades with long drums and traditional dancers, and activities for children.

Prices for a night stay start from 8,415++ baht which includes breakfast and one elephant activity per person per stay.

Visit anantara.com/en/golden-triangle-chiang-rai or call 053-784-084.

– Rosewood Bangkok offers the “Rosewood Moments” package.

It provides a 36-hour staycation in which guests can have an early check-in at 9am and late check-out at 6pm, a la carte breakfast for two, afternoon tea and a bottle of sparkling wine served in-room

Prices for a night stay start from 5,523++ baht. The promotion will be available until June 30.

Visit rosewoodhotels.com/en/bangkok or call 02-080-0088.

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