Ho Chi Minh City, a food heaven for vegan, vegetarian travelers

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A bowl of vegetarian noodle soup at a Mani restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, which only costs around US$1.5 A bowl of vegetarian noodle soup at a Mani restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, which only costs around US$1.5

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US travel website When On Earth has listed Ho Chi Minh City among the ideal cities worldwide for vegans and vegetarians.
The city is named one of the ten destinations that “tickle veggie-loving taste buds” as it offers a wide range of no-meat menus.
Visitors can look for the word “quan chay” which means vegetarian restaurant if they specifically want that. But many general restaurants are also willing to make vegetarian dishes if one just orders “chay,” the site advised.
The city’s vegetarian restaurants range from budget ones like Phap Hoa on Nguyen Trai Street, to middle ones like Saigon Vegan on Vo Van Tan. Hum, which has two restaurants on Vo Van Tan and Thi Sach, offers a bit more fancy options.
Metropole Hotel on Ly Chinh Thang Street also serve vegetarian buffets during the Lunar New Year and the seventh lunar month.
All have special meat-free versions of Vietnamese favorite dishes, including noodle soups and spring rolls.
When On Earth's veggie list also includes Ghent in Belgium, where the local government has required every restaurant to include a vegetarian dish on their menu, Chennai in India, which is known as the birthplace of vegetarianism, and Chiang Mai, the Thai city of Buddhist temples.
Vancouver of Canada, Berlin of Germany, Glasgow of Scotland, New York and Portland of the US, and Taipei of Taiwan are also recommended for their vegan-friendly offers.

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