Grabbing a bite to eat when you’re in a foreign country can present quite the challenge especially if you have specific dietary requirements. Looking for the right food to eat is a difficult task itself if you don’t mind me saying. But there’s nothing wrong about being careful about what you’re putting inside your bodies, right? Food plays a very important part when it comes to traveling and just one wrong meal could affect your entire travel experience!
Looking for Indian Food Outside of India
Thailand remains as the #1 travel destination for many Indian travelers for its beautiful scenery. Thailand does offer a paradise-like experience with its scenic beaches and exciting activities as well as many delicacies such as Tom Yum Goong and Pad Thai. However, most dishes contain meat or fish/oyster sauce which can be a major no-no, especially for Indian travelers.
According to one survey, out of more than 1200 respondents, 60% of travelers responded they were more comfortable with Indian food during their international trip. What’s more, 83% had to miss a meal during their international trip due to non-availability of Indian food.
In another survey conducted on 21,500 people, 23% of Indian travelers responded that they worry that local food will not meet their dietary requirements or preferences in comparison to the global average of 10%.
When it comes to planning the perfect trip, you’ll have a lot on your plate. That’s why we’ve got your “plates” taken care of with a list of the best tours and attractions that include vegetarian and halal meals to entice those Indian taste buds!
1. Island Hopping with Indian Food
You can’t say you’ve been to Thailand without having visited the majestic turquoise bodies of water. It’s no secret that Thailand has the most picturesque beaches in the world. However, with as many as 1430 islands, it would be quite impossible to visit every single one of them. So, why not go island hopping while you’re there? Explore some of the best islands in Thailand with halal/vegetarian lunch options to keep your stomach filled!
Coral Island, also known locally as Koh Larn, is one of the most popular islands near Pattaya. Named after the beautiful multi-colored coral reefs that surround the island, it is also blessed with 6 beautiful sandy beaches and some smaller ones too. Tawaen Beach, the white sandy paradise you’ve been looking for, is where you should be headed to get the most out of your Thailand travels! Imagine going for a swim in the refreshing emerald waters and getting some of that much-needed vitamin D with some sunbathing. The Indian lunch is just the cherry on top!
*Indian lunch provided
2) Phi Phi Islands & Khai Islands
Phi Phi Islands probably take the #1 spot amongst its fellow island companions. You might have heard of Maya Bay, one of Phi Phi Lee’s amazing bays which featured in the film “The Beach”, starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Unfortunately, it has since been closed indefinitely due to excessive environmental damage. But there’s no need to worry as you can still enjoy the scenic views around it which are equally impressive!
Khai Islands, though lesser-known, are as exquisite in view as the Phi Phi Islands. They are also smaller in size but that doesn’t stop them from delivering the best views in the house. It’s just like one of those really well-Photoshopped beach shots from Instagram! Just imagine yourselves swimming through these clear blue waters together with a lunch buffet for the hungry souls!
*Halal/Vegetarian menu included in lunch buffet
2. Performances with Indian Food
1) Phuket FantaSea
If you want to immerse yourself in the rich and exotic culture of Thailand, we invite you to Phuket FantaSea, the ultimate Thai cultural theme park. Enter the land of entertainment that offers you the full experience with shopping, arcade and the extraordinary “Fantasy of a Kingdom” theatrical performance. Also, not to forget the grand buffet at Asia’s largest restaurant, Golden Kinnaree Restaurant which has a wide selection of delicacies to choose from!
*Halal/Vegetarian menu included in dinner buffet
2) Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise
Indulge in a night of fine dining with a live jazz band performance as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Make the most of a night out in Bangkok with your loved ones on the Chao Phraya Princess Cruise and take in the majestic view of the city’s skyline. With a world-class dinner buffet provided on the luxury cruise, feast on the delicious dinner buffet prepared for you!
*Indian food included in dinner buffet
3. Attractions with Indian Food
1) Safari World Bangkok
One attraction that should be on your must-go list is Safari World Bangkok. It is the largest zoo in Thailand and an open one too where you can observe wildlife roaming around freely! Safari World offers many exciting activities and shows such as orangutan boxing and cowboy stunt shows! Now you can enjoy all of this hassle-free with transportation which is taken care of and a delightful Indian lunch buffet!
*Indian food included in lunch buffet
2) Nong Nooch Tropical Garden
What about visiting Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the largest botanical garden in South East Asia? If you love taking a stroll peaceful walks, surrounded by a variety of flora, this is the place for you! However, flowers and trees aren’t the only things that await your arrival. You can catch traditional Thai dance performances as well as elephants performing at the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. There’s even an Indian Buffet Restaurant for you so make sure to drop by Nong Nooch Tropical Garden when you’re in Pattaya!
*Indian Buffet provided
With so many taste-bud-tingling Indian meals prepared for you, traveling around Thailand couldn’t possibly get any better than this. Bid farewell to your homesick blues as you enjoy plates of naan and curry every day whilst enjoying the many things Thailand has to offer!
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