Much like any major country in the world, Thailand is full of people who are obsessed with celebrities. Though whilst the western favourites of Bieber, Beyonce and Taylor Swift are popular here, they’re also crazy for Korean singers and actors – and of course home grown celebrities. Yet whilst such figures may be household names in Thailand, they’re virtually unknown in the west. So, with that in mind, here are 11 of the hottest Thai Instagram stars who are more than worthy of a follow.
Davika Hoorne (@davikah)
Davika is a 25 year old actress and model who’s also been dubbed the “Queen of Presenters”. With 6.5m followers on Instagram, she’s a national treasure who rose to fame after starring in Pee Mak, the highest grossing Thai film of all time. With her face plastered all over magazines and billboards, she’s almost outgrowing Thailand and it’s only a matter of time before she moves onto bigger things.
Chanatip is one of Thai football’s greatest hopes. Playing for popular Muangthong United but on loan to Consadole Sapporo in the superior Japanese J-League, his attacking style of play and dribbling has seen him earn the nickname “Messi J”. Followers can catch a glimpse of the life of a Thai football star both in Thailand and Japan, and of activities with his celebrity partner May Pitchanart.
PunPun Suttatta (@punpun_sutatta)
A celebrity since her teenage years, PunPun rose to fame in teen drama Hormones, a show based around the lives of school students negotiating the tricky path to adulthood that saw her garner support amongst both older generations and younger students who felt they could relate. Since then, she’s appeared in several other TV shows and movies alongside attending university.
Aum Patchrapa (@aum_patchrapa)
With 8.3m followers, Aum Patchrapa is one of Thailand’s most followed stars. She earned a best actress award for her lead role in So Sanae Ha in 2003, and earned the gong once more in 2006. She was also voted Thailand’s sexiest woman three years in a row. A woman of many talents, she’s also the owner of a restaurant and accessory shop, and was the first Thai celebrity to launch a perfume that was made in France.
Araya Alberta Hargate (@chomismaterialgirl)
Commonly known as Chompoo Araya, she’s a British-Thai actress known for her roles in films Saranae Siblor and Khun Nai Ho. When she’s not dazzling audiences on the big screen she’s wowing crowds around the world, with her style praised by respected fashion magazines. A recent mother, followers are treated to pictures of her adorable twins and the odd beautiful selfie.
Boy Pakorn (@boy_pakorn)
A dashingly handsome man, Boy Pakorn became a star in the eyes of the public after lead roles in the dramas Wayupak Montra and Roy-Marn. Attached to Thai Channel 3, he’s since appeared in a whole host of TV shows and movies, as well as lending his considerable talents to voice acting and featuring in commercials.
Mario Maurer (@mario_mm38)
Approached in the streets and asked to give modelling a try, Thai-German Mario hasn’t looked back since. After modelling came acting, and his meteoric rise saw him play the lead male role in the highest grossing Thai film of all time, Pee Mak. A fan of hip hop and skateboarding, he’s since gone on to be the Thai face of several brands – and what a face it is.
Urassaya Sperbund (@urassayas)
Part Thai and part Norwegian, Yaya Urassaya studied in an international school primarily taught in English, meaning her Thai wasn’t exactly fluent, but she didn’t let this hold her back. She rose to prominence playing Jeed in Thai show Duang Jai Akkanee, at which point she took it upon herself to take extra classes in the language. She’s since starred in several TV shows and graced the covers of illustrious fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar.
Lydia Sarunrat Deane (@lydiasarunrat)
Lydia Sarunrat is an actor and musician, frequently referred to as Thailand’s “queen of R&B”. Her singles have always performed well on Thai radio stations, and her success has seen her turn her hand towards acting, appearing on various shows on Channel 3. Also a model, she’s an ambassador for Reebok and uses her influences to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, as well as body positivity.
Praya Lundberg (@prayalundberg)
More than just a pretty face, Praya Lundberg has a BA degree in law obtained from the UK and is the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador in Thailand, where she commits to spreading awareness and helping displaced people worldwide. A talented actress and model, her Instagram feed combines beautiful modelling shots with her work for the UNHCR.
A popular talkshow host, Woody has dubbed himself the “ambassador of Thailand to the world”, and has interviewed a wide range of celebrities in his career from both Thailand and abroad, including David Beckham. Fluent in English, he’s a popular and well liked figure in Thailand who deserves more attention from an international audience.
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