Asia's Most Wanted: Thailand's Most Eligible Ladies
Editors of the Asia Tatler titles scoured the region to find them—the sort of jet-setting, merger-making, brainy beauties that any man (or woman) would fawn over. But between managing funds and running hotels, restaurants and fashion empires, as well as being philanthropists and politicians, these high-flying singletons barely touch the ground. They are undoubtedly the most swipe-right of city slickers, stars and socialites, but the question is: can anyone pin them down?
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1/7 Boonyapha Bencharongkul
The daughter of telecoms mogul Boonchai, Boonyapha runs the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok. She’s a fervent supporter of Thai artists and works hard to project the country’s art scene onto the international arena.
NATURAL HABITAT: Besides her role at the museum, Boonyapha loves a good party, and she’s often spotted attending—or hosting—Bangkok’s coolest bashes.
2/7 Chitpas Kridakorn
A driving force on Thailand’s political scene, Chitpas is heiress to the Singha beer empire but adopted her mother’s surname to become spokesperson for the Democrat Party and, later, leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee. Beauty with a large side of brains, then.
3/7 Nalinee Worawongwasu
The fashionista is the mastermind behind multi-brand concept store Beige. She’s also the distributor for Lulu Guinness and Charlotte Olympia.
HUSTLE:When she’s not sourcing new designers, she’s helping her brother with managing their family-owned Aetas hotel group.
4/7 Naphaporn Bodiratnangkura
Naphaporn works for her family’s Nai Lert Group, where she’s managing director of Nai Lert Park Heritage Home in the heart of Bangkok.
DID YOU KNOW? A serious yogi, she has opened her own studio, Kriyoga.
5/7 Natapree Pichaironarongsongkram
This Cornell and Columbia graduate comes from a line of inspiring women. Her grandmother was a lawyer and women’s rights advocate who launched a successful family business decades ago. Her aunt Patravadi Mejudhon is a well-known actress, while her mother, Supapan, is one of Thailand’s most remarkable businesswomen. Natapree currently manages Chao Phraya Express Boat, the Tha Maharaj riverside mall, the Riva Surya boutique hotel and Supatra River House restaurant.
DEB CRED: Natapree is the only member of Thailand’s high society to have been presented at Le Bal des Débutantes in Paris.
6/7 Pattriya Na Nakorn
Pattriya, who has written books on looking good, honed her etiquette at Institut Villa Pierrefeu—the original Swiss finishing school—and was a judge on season three of The Face Thailand.
GOOD GENES: Pattriya gets her good looks from her super-chic half-Italian mother, Paolina Benedetti.
7/7 Vatanika Patamsingha
Vatanika, who represented her country as one of Asia’s Most Stylish Women in our January issue this year, is one of Thailand’s most sought-after fashion designers. A graduate of Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion, she established her eponymous label in 2011, gaining a loyal following (her Instagram account has more than 280,000 followers) at home and abroad for her beautiful, sophisticated designs.