Where to Eat for a Cause in Southeast Asia | Adventure Laos

Where to Eat for a Cause in Southeast Asia

Lanterns- Nha Trang
With the Earth Day taking place last month, May is one of these months when we need to think about how we can give back to our community and how we can contribute not only to the environment but also to our society. What is better than dining and supporting free education and vocational training programs which aim to help to alleviate poverty. It is the reason why you should eat for a good cause in Southeast Asia. You can see more: Tours to Indochina

  1. New Leaf Book Café- Siem Reap, Cambodia
New Leaf Book Café- Siem Reap

New Leaf Book Café- Siem Reap- source: internet

Where your money goes: Back into the companies internal English training program and service academy, which are provided free to all employees. New Leaf Book Café also dedicatedly supports local NGO’s situated in Siem Reap.

Order up: Mango salad, club sandwiches and mushroom soup.

Bonus: Plenty of interesting books for sale as well!

  1. Koto-Saigon and Hanoi, Vietnam

Koto – source: internet

Where your money goes: The slogan of Koto stands for “Know One Teach One.” Aiming to provide real life hospitality training to help to elevate the financial situation of their students, this company has already trained more than 600 students.

Order up: Sautéed eggplant, red beef curry and salad nicoise.

Bonus: Besides two restaurants Koto offering cooking classes, there are also an online bakery and a catering service.

  1. Sister Srey Café-Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sister Srey Café

Sister Srey Café- source: internet

Where your money goes: Helping all staff members to earn a University degree. Currently there is a staff member pursuing interior design, another banking, and the third wants to become a lawyer. In addition, all of the 6 children of the staff are now being put through English classes.

Order up: Beef and chicken burgers, fabulous coffee and carrot cake.

Bonus: Young, ambitious and full of positive energy, the two Aussie owners are also the reason for your visit!

  1. Cabbages and Condoms- Bangkok and Chiang Rai, Thailand
Cabbages and Condoms

Cabbages and Condoms -source: internet

Where your money goes: To help reduce the high natality in Thailand. Projects include providing free mobile health clinics, vasectomies, contraception distribution, HIV awareness and prevention. Cambodia travel tours

Order up: Fish cakes, soft shell crab and Panang curry.

Bonus: Expect condoms instead of chocolates delivered with your bill.

  1. Pun Pun- Chiang Mai, Thailand
Pun Pun Organic Farm

Pun Pun Organic Farm- source: internet

Where your money goes: Into promoting the organic farmers in the northern Thailand. All ingredients are regional sourced thus creating a growing sustainable market for products indigenous to this area.

Order up: 5 grain black rice porridge, avocado salad and massaman curry.

Bonus: There are two locations in Chiang Mai – one completely vegetarian. In addition, you can organize trips to the farm where they offer cooking courses.

  1. Lanterns- Nha Trang, Vietnam
Lanterns- Nha Trang

Lanterns- Nha Trang- source: internet

Where your money goes: Back into supporting 12 local orphanages and schools, by providing an additional food supply, support and scholarship programs.

Order up: Pasta- pesto and cashew nut, lot leaf beef and lemon grass and chili chicken.

Bonus: Lanterns also offers cooking classes together with local area tours.

  1. Green Star- Siem Reap, Cambodia Green Gecko Project

Where your money goes: Into the Green Gecko Project whose goal is to empower and support ex-street begging children.

Order up: Frog with pepper sauce, spicy duck and sweet corn

Bonus: The total of the profits go right back into this project!

  1. Friends- Phnom Phen, Cambodia

Friends -source: internet

Where your money goes: With the aim of getting homeless children off the streets, Friends provide them valuable work related skills’ training. Here, al children help in all aspects of the business: waitressing, managing and cooking.

Order up: Burmese chicken curry, zucchini fritters and chocolate cheese cake.

Bonus: Here, food is served tapas style, meaning that you can get an amazing chance to taste a plethora of awesome treats! Also, there is a shop and a nail spa run by the same NGO next store!

  1. Makphet- Vientiene, Laos

Where your money goes: Run by the same NGO which started Friends Restaurant in Cambodia, Makphet in Vientiane shares the same idea: to provide disadvantaged youth with valuable training skills.

Order up: Beef larb, green mango chicken salad and Mekong fish.

Bonus: Great shop on site where you can get fair trade products.

  1. The Starfish Bakery- Sihanoukville, Cambodia
The Starfish Bakery-where to eat for a cause

The Starfish Bakery-where to eat for a cause -source: internet

Where your money goes: Funds help to support the Starfish Project which supports everything from health care, community development, and housing projects.

Order up: Grilled chicken panini, chocolate milkshake, brownies, cakes and cookies.

Bonus: Gluten free menu!

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