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My Top 3 Favorite Thai Actors

Can you believe I’ve been watching lakorns for years and I have never posted my favorite Thai actors until now? I couldn’t quite believe it myself. So, in order to rectify this horrible travesty, I decided to sit down and think deeply about my favorites.

As in any drama or movie, we sometimes have the tendency to gravitate towards certain actors/actresses more than others. Some stand out—whether it’s in looks, acting ability, or both. I don’t have a huge inventory of Thai Dramas/Lakorns under my belt because I am regularly watching Korean and more recently Chinese dramas. And let’s not forget to note that I’ve really been getting into Filipino content again.

I’m committed to talking about the things that I love, so I thought it was only fair to get a little more Thai content and dramas mentioned on this blog.

Please note I have a lot more actors I love than just these 3, but I just wanted to focus on a couple in particular that stood out for me. Stay tuned for a future post with a part 2.

My Top 3 Favorite Thai Actors.

My Top 3 Favorite Thai Actors
James Jirayu

James Jirayu

The first time I saw James Jirayu in a Lakorn was in Rak Sutrit (aka Love to the Extreme). He was entitled, spoiled, and not the nicest guy, but James was so dang charismatic on screen that I couldn’t help but love him anyway.

It wasn’t until I watched Padiwarada (Beloved Loyal Wife) that James really caught my interest. Period dramas can be very hit or miss, but he absolutely stole my heart opposite of Bella Vanita. I think James is a great Thai actor and I will go out of my way to watch dramas with him even if I don’t care much for the plot.

Seriously, if you haven’t watched a Thai period drama, jump on Padiwarada as it is utterly brilliant and addicting from beginning to end. Bella and James’ acting is above and beyond in that series.

Mik Thongraya


Mik Thongraya

Oh, Mik. Where do I possibly begin? Between his height and his smoldering stares, this is one actor that commands attention. I’ve only seen him in Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai (Once Upon a Time…In My Heart), but his acting really shook me up. This lakorn is also a book adaption as well.

It just so happens that this is one of my favorite lakorns of all time and Mik’s performance as Daniel Wong has stayed with me to this day. I re-watch this lakorn a lot–and I credit that to Mik and his leading lead, na’ek Pimmy. Those two really clicked and added to my overall enjoyment of this lakorn. No, it wasn’t perfect, but what ever is?

My plan is to start watching some of his other dramas. Fellow Mik fans, do you have a lakorn suggestion? I’d love to dive into another great drama with Mik.

If you haven’t watched him in Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai, you must watch it as Neko subbed this one.


Mario Maurer

Mario Maurer

Yes, Mario may be a bit of an obvious choice, but he was my gateway into all things Thailand. The first time I ever saw Mario act was in the Thai movie A Little Thing Called Love.

I also stumbled across him in the Filipino movie Suddenly It’s Magic. I remember watching it without English subtitles on TFC TV and just enjoying the general story and acting.

Most recently, I watched him in the 2017 lakorn Banlang Dok Mai where he starred with actress Toey Jarinporn. It was definitely a lot lighter than some previous lakorns I’ve watched, but Mario’s character goes through such a satisfying character development that I can’t help but mention it.

I’m missing Mario terribly, so I might just start Song Hua Jai Nee Pue Ther (Two Spirits Love). This lakorn has been on my list forever and it keeps getting pushed off as I watch more and more newer Asian content.

What about you? Who are some of your favorite Thai actors and why?

I’m in the process of working on more Thai posts—as I really want to focus on some of the newer Thai actors/actresses that you find on networks like GMMTV. There are a lot of them out there and thanks to GMMTV and their youtube page, it’s easier than ever to find subtitled content. Yay!

If you’re interested in watching Thai content, you can find Thai Dramas on Netflix as well. I update that list regularly. Besides GMMTV, you can also find some great subbers that cover a good bit of prime time lakorns.

Also, if you like seeing me post Thai content, please like this post and comment below. Your support is always inspirational, and above all, your comments and likes help guide me on the content you enjoy more than others.

Now that I’ve talked about my top 3 favorite Thai actors, you can also read about some of my favorite lakorns I watched in 2016. I haven’t done a post in a few years on my favorite lakorns, but I want to bring back the favorites I watch every year. They may not be a new lakorn that year. My main focus is just watching lakorns, no matter the year, and then ranking my favorites.



  1. Mik is definitely my favorite! Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai is everything, it was such a great lakorn and of course Mik is major eye candy! I actually watched him in Massaya first (which is another great one of Mik) and then stumbled upon Karn La Krang Neung…Nai Hua Jai. If you’re up for it, I’d say give Massaya a go. He had great chemistry with Mookda as well.

    1. I 100% agree about Mik. I’ll have to give Massaya a try. Mik in a period drama sounds great. And I liked Mookda in Panthakan Rak. I’m adding Massaya to my list. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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