Bangkok will be bedecked with yellow flags for the next 10 days as vendors and restaurants cater to the thousands of Thai-Chinese taking part in the annual Vegetarian Festival.
It's the most wonderful time of the year for Thailand's meat-averse, with the nation's Thai-Chinese population kicking off a 10-day vegan diet on Monday as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival. The festival is celebrated on the ninth Chinese lunar month, which this year runs from September 26-October 6. During this time, Thailand’s Chinese communities purify their bodies by cutting all meat and dairy out of their diet. Though it might not get as much attention as its gory Phuket counterpart, the Bangkok Vegetarian Festival has its own worthwhile draws.
Vegan dishes can be found all over the city -- just look for street food vendors and restaurants flying rows of tiny yellow flags with red font -- but Chinatown is naturally where the center of all the action, particularly in the evenings.
The best way to enjoy all the delicious vegan cuisine is to just walk through the area surrounding Yaowarat Road and sample small dishes at some of the hundreds of temporary stalls.
Another great neighborhood to check out is Talad Noi, a little community just south of Chinatown veined with tiny alleys that heaves with crowds during the festival. There's Chinese opera, street performances and other activities.
The Chinese temples in the area provide great photo ops too, as they're filled with colorful offerings such as giant incense sticks and candles.
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