Chiang Mai in northern Thailand seems to be one of the best cities in the world for vegans. In Happy Cow website there are 47 vegetarian restaurants listed in Chiang Mai.
I admit there isn´t much variety and different food cultures represented. It is the best if you stick to eating thai foods. The prices make Chiang Mai better than many western cities. In London or New York you usually have to pay more than 10 euros for dishes in vegetarian restaurants. In Chiang Mai they cost only about 1,5–4 euros. You may eat from a big buffet for 100 bahts (about 2 euros). The vegetarian restaurants are located near each other.
In Chiang Mai many restaurants advertise with words “vegetarian food” or “thai vegetarian” when they are not vegetarian restaurants and sell meat. Sure it is a positive phenomenom that it is good for the business to use word “vegetarian” in marketing. But in those restaurants there probably are only the usual fried vegetable dishes in the menu. And those restaurants may not have any idea about fish sauce or shrimp paste being something you should not have in vegetarian dishes.
The vegetarian restaurants seem to change their names and locations in Chiang Mai very often. So some restaurants mentioned in Happy Cow or Lonely Planet may not exist anymore at least in those locations. For example Khun Churn and Taste from Heaven have moved from one location to other very recently.
More on the restaurants later…