This list has been created in honor of Women’s History Month. Women in Thailand share a special place in the nation’s rich and exciting history. Thai women have demonstrated remarkable courage, artisticness, ambition, and intellect as the years unfold.
Here, we will highlight the skills and achievements of the five most influential women in Thailand. You’ll learn more about them as individuals and how they contribute to Thailand’s vibrant and beautiful living tapestry.
Aliza ‘Alice’ Napartivaumnuay
Starting off, we have Aliza ‘Alice’ Napartivaumnuay. As one of the most_accomplished women in Thailand, she made the top of the list. She is widely known for co-founding Socialgiver, a groundbreaking social enterprise.
Socialgiver is essentially a link between Thai consumers and businesses and makes it possible to contribute to social projects as a form of charity. The platform is a lifestyle charity concept that offers GiveCards, vouchers that are redeemable at some of Thailand’s most well-known companies. It raises funds for social projects by bringing consumers and businesses together to create shared value.
It takes advantage of businesses’ unsold capacity, such as hotel rooms or event tickets, which clients can obtain vouchers for various levels of donations to social initiatives of their choice. This allows them to enjoy high-quality items and services at a fraction of their retail value. Through programs focusing on education, healthcare, and overcoming inequality, the service has benefited over 45,000 people in need.
Chudaree ‘Tam’ Debhakam
When it comes to some of the most delicious Thai food, Chef Tam is one of the best chefs in Thailand. After all, she was crowned the first winner of Top Chef Thailand.
She graduated from The International Culinary Center in New York, and she worked at some of the top restaurants in the US, like Blue Hill at Stone Barnes, New York. After winning Top Chef Thailand, she traveled around Thailand, learning about Thai food and ingredients from farmers and locals.
After years of performing culinary experiments, creating pop-up cooking events, and researching Thailand’s local ingredients, Chef Tam was able to open up her first establishment Baan Tepa. With her background in farm-driven cuisine combined with her knowledge in nutrition, her cooking is based on organic and local Thai produce, with a mix of traditional Thai and modern American flavors.
Patricia Lim has proven to be one of the most influential businesswomen in Thailand. Her undeniable understanding of the art of business has made her one of the most famous people in the nation.
Patricia Lim is the owner and founder of Thailand’s emerging hotel chain Privi Hotel Group. She is a young but lively entrepreneur and is also assessed at a net worth of 1 Billion Thai Baht at a very early age of 25. Lim, who comes from a well-known family that owns one of Southeast Asia’s leading bird nest production companies, Namsing, aspired to make a name for herself in the business world.
She earned her post-graduate degree from the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland. She began her career in the hospitality industry with her father’s restaurant chain, where the idea for a hotel chain was born. The Privi Suites, the Privi Hotel, and the Privi Residence were her first three hotel endeavors.
When it comes to fashion in Thailand, Pun Thriratanachat is one of the undisputed masters of fashion and design. She built a company that made waves in the fashion industry and cemented her position as one of Thailand’s most talented and celebrated women.
Pun Thriratanachat, a fashion designer and owner of the clothing company Irada, is one of Thailand’s most successful female entrepreneurs. She started her first shop at the age of 24, and four years later, she has opened dozens of retail locations across the country, sweeping the nation’s retail business and mass-spreading famous Thai fashion across Asia and the world.
Her business, known for its wide assortment of products, has enabled women to mix, match, and show off their individuality. With a net worth of 40 million Thai Baht and a magnetic personality, this trailblazing fashionista is unstoppable. Aside from that, Pun Thriratanachat has established herself as one of the best.
Her success in the fashion industry reminds her that a woman from Thailand can make her mark upon her own country and the entire world. All you need is the kind of grit, talent, and drive that Pun Thriratanachat so ably exhibited.
K-Pop star Lisa might be the last one on our list, but she is certainly not the least. Her talents and abilities as a rapper, singer, and dancer have made her one of the more popular Thai women in the world.
Lisa started her career at the age of 13 auditioning for the South Korean label YG Entertainment in Thailand. She eventually debuted as one of the four members of the K-pop group Blackpink in 2016. Since then, Blackpink and Lisa have been shattering records in the music world. Blackpink has become the biggest K-pop girl group in the world, with their song “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” being the most-watched music video by a K-pop group on YouTube at the time, and being the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella.
In 2021, Lisa made her solo debut with her album “Lalisa” which sold over 736,000 copies in its release week, and the music video for the single “Lalisa” received 73.6 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours of its release, making it the most-viewed music video in the first 24 hours.
The takeaway here is that women in Thailand are incredibly talented. Sadly, many of their talents are not always recognized as much as those of the Thai women on this list. That said, their voices are sure to be heard as they continue to strive for the kind of success, recognition, and honor that they most assuredly deserve.
While the women on this list serve as an inspiration to Thai women throughout the nation, they also inspire women worldwide by showing them what is possible when you put your mind to it.