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#Glutenfree #Railay

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Railay is a popular place with beach goers and rock climbers. It’s a quick flight from Bangkok to Krabi, and then a taxi and boat ride to the island itself. It makes for a great long weekend getaway!

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Crave Restaurant Koh Phangan

Crave has got to be my second favourite restaurant, after World’s End Cafe.

Located on the road across 7/11 in Haad Yao, my friends told me about this place and I had to check it out!

Known for their amazing burgers and chill vibe (not to mention Jenga sets!), I ate there a few times and was never disappointed! The Western owners knew about gluten and were able to make some accommodations for me.

While they cook most things on the grill, they pan fried the white fish and Mediterranean chicken burger for me in a pan to avoid cross contamination.

Their salads were also amazing – but the best part – is that their chips are gluten free! I was in heaven!

Check these guys out for a good gluten free meal!

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The World’s End Cafe Koh Phangan

This is my favourite restaurant, end of.

Lotte, the owner, is a Celiac as well and always has something scrummy cooking in the back. I love going to Koh Phangan because I know that I will eat well and get some things I don’t normally in Bangkok!

You can order pancakes, burgers, full English breakfasts, quiches and sandwiches – all gluten free!

Located in Chaloklum, The World’s End Cafe is open daily from 7:30 to 4pm. It’s worth the motorbike or taxi ride!

Not convinced? Read my first post about the place here!

 

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The Holy Grill Koh Phangan

The owners at The Holy Grill are always cooking up a storm! I had the pleasure of eating there twice on my recent holiday to Koh Phangan.

The first meal was a BBQ to support a local animal shelter and half of the fee went towards their charity! The owner spoke to me about what I could have – and there was plenty to eat! We dined on hamburgers (sans bun), some delicious salads and grilled veggies.

The second meal was similar, but they had a hog roast for Christmas eve. I had some roast hog and pork steaks from the grill. Despite the rain, the restaurant was packed and the food was even better than the first visit.

BBQ prices range from 200-400 baht, depending on what’s on the grill.

The Holy Grill is located in Chaloklum, about 500m from World’s End Cafe.

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Eating in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is one of my favourite islands and I always find myself there – at least once a year. For the latest holiday, I stayed in Haad Yao at High Life Bungalow – which was a wonderful surprise since it was situated so high up on the hill overlooking the sea.

Now, this post is about looking for safe things to eat. So here goes:

As always, I tend to avoid Thai food as soy and fish sauce are used in a lot of dishes. It’s also quite difficult to tell if the kitchen washes their woks after cooking each dish. If someone speaks English, it is worth asking.

At Highlife, I stuck to the salads – sans sauce, and the jacket potatoes. My travel partner had the English Breakfast which looked good, but I wasn’t sure if the bacon was deep fried or if the sausage was gluten free. So I had some fried eggs and beans for breakfast.

In my luggage I packed some Heinz Beans snap pots – which always come in handy! Plus some gluten free cereal bars and crackers.

One night we met friends on Haad Salad and had a lovely fish BBQ dinner right on the beach in front of the Salad Buri Resort. We had grilled prawns, mackerel, barracuda with salad, corn and baked potatoes. I made sure to check out the grill and was shown that they used garlic and oil on their fish – no soy sauce in sight!

Another restaurant I found on this trip was Taboon. They had some great dips – however they were all served with pita bread so I had to request they bring it out separately. They also had some yummy salads. Taboon can be found around Chao Pao, near the lake.

Here’s a few websites that can help you navigate around gluten free fare:

Don’t forget that the plethora of health-food restaurants usually have an idea about gluten!

 

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The Spa Koh Chang Resort

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Karang Bay, southeast part of the island

I was thinking about holiday escapes, when a colleague recommended Koh Chang to me. The largest island in Thailand, Koh Chang is 60% untouched jungle forest and a national park. This did not surprise me as we drove south east from the pier at Dan Khao and headed towards The Spa Koh Chang Resort; the looming mountains were on the right as the coast stretched out towards the sea on my left.image

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The Sanctuary – Another Reason to Love Koh Phangan

Recently, a reader of Gluten Free Thailand asked me about gluten free resorts in Thailand. I was clueless; usually I just book somewhere cheap and then sort out dining as I go. If there are gluten free restaurants, then I am happy and go back. If not, I suffer with plain veggies and rice.

Well, The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan knows how to deal with gluten-free diets, which is another great reason to visit my favourite island!

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Lovely views

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The World’s End Cafe Koh Phangan

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Whilst staying on the western part of Koh Phangan, my friends, who were staying in the north, told me that there was a gluten free restaurant there. I did not believe them until I went past World’s End and introduced myself. Turns out the owner/chef is gluten free too! This was a serendipitous moment: the universe put me here to do the detox and then eat delicious gluten free food! The only problem? I was only on day 4 out of 7 on my detox. Bugger! Continue reading

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Koh Phangan Summer Detox

One great thing about being a teacher is the summer holidays. Although, living in Thailand, it seems like every weekend is a bit of a holiday!

Some friends suggested Koh Phangan as I didn’t want to spend too much time travelling. I must say, I absolutely loved the island! Most people think of Phangan as a party destination, but I did not touch a drop of booze for two weeks.

Beautiful sunset from the west side of the island

Beautiful sunset from the west side of the island

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