15 BEST THAI DRAMAS (2020)

thai women in traditional clothes

When we talk about Asian dramas, our mind directly goes to Korean or Chinese or Japanese dramas. Well, they may be the popular choices around the world right now but there are other entertainment industries too that are rising their ranks on the global stage.

One of them is Thailand, which is famous for producing dramas called ‘Thai Lakorn’. Since it started gaining fame outside its country quite recently, so Thai dramas are still new to people. But it does not make it any less than the others. So in this post, I am gonna share with you a list of 15 Best Thai Dramas ever made and on top of that I’ve also added 5 more Thai dramas as honorary mentions.

First, let me tell you how I compiled this list. I’ve considered 4 perimeters for choosing these Thai Dramas-

  • My Opinion: Above all perimeters is my liking to the Thai Dramas that have been added to the list.
  •  Ratings: Every single drama has got a high rating from every reputed site.
  • Public Opinion: Made sure that all the Thai dramas added in this list are people’s favorites.
  • Rewatch worthy: Not exaggerating but I am damn sure that you’ll rewatch most of these dramas again.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

An infographic poster describing the list of best Thai Drama

1. SOTUS: The Series | พี่ว้ากตัวร้ายกับนายปีหนึ่ง

  • Logline: What started off as bickering ended up in a romantic fuss.
  • Year: 2016 
  • Genre: Boys love
  • Cast: Prachaya Ruangroj, Perawat Sangpotirat, Chanagun Arpornsutinan 

An LGBTQ Romantic Thai Drama based on the novel by the same name. If you haven’t already watched any BL drama this might be a perfect one to try out.

The premise of the drama is set up in an engineering college. The seniors misuse the powers offered to them and abuse the freshers. Arthit, one of the third year seniors, is unstoppable in this mental abuse until one day a fresher, Kongpob stood up against him and thus ignited the spark of resentment between them.

In a series of conflicts and continuous encounters two of them settled off as friends but at last, ended up as lovers.

Where to watch SOTUS?

All episodes streams on Netflix.

2. Full House | วุ่นนัก รักเต็มบ้าน

  • Logline: Two people end up falling for each other after forced to stay in the same house together.
  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Pirat Nithipaisarnsakul, Sushar Manaying, Pirat Nipitpaisalkul

This Thai Lakorn is based on a Korean drama of the same name. By some tweaks made to the scripts (comedy part I would say)and covering the loopholes(slow progression), the Thai version took over the original by far.

The show follows a story of a writer who was deceived by her sister to go on a free trip and selling of her ancestor house in her absence. On returning to Thailand she has no place to live.

Soon she finds out the new owner, Mike, a British actor. Someone she had met on her trip and shared tragic conflicts. With some twists and turns, she manages to enter the house but with a one-year marriage contract with Mike.

Realistic comedysweet glimpses of romance and amazing chemistry between the main roles are some of the reasons you might consider watching this Thai remake over the original.

Where to Watch Full House?

Watch this tragic love story on Dramacool today.

3. Hormones | วัยว้าวุ่น

  • Logline: A coming of an age story of nine Thai teenagers studying in a high school.
  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Cast:  Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha, Sananthachat Thanapatpisal, Sirachuch Chienthaworn 

I am sure anyone’s who reading this has gone to a high school or is currently studying there. So you have that experience and that why you’ll relate to this Thai Lakorn who dives deep into the lives of Thai teenagers in school.

The story revolves around a group of teenagers who are studying in the same school. Each of them comes from a different background and has a different way of looking at life. This drama focuses on the issues and experiences those kids go through in high school. 

Relationships, sexuality, sex, bullying, school gang violence, family issues, and substance abuse, the drama takes on all the hot topics and present everything beautifully in a story.

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 13 episodes of Hormones on Netflix. The drama has two more seasons which are also available on Netflix.

4. The Gifted | นักเรียนพลังกิฟต์

  • Logline: A classroom full of children with special abilities and a deep conspiracy building up slowly.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Cast: Korapat Kirdpan, Wachirawit Ruangwiwat, Apichaya Thongkham 

People often tag Thai Lakorn with light-hearted and cheesy romantic stories. Although it was the case in the past, at present we are seeing shows like ‘The Gifted’ coming out from this industry and it is a great thing.

The story revolves around a school called Ritdha High School that runs a special class for a select few students with special abilities. The aim is to awaken the potential within those students, but the reason for doing this is unknown. Soon the students realize that there are conspiracies that can cause huge harm to everybody. 

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 13 episodes of The Gifted on Dramacool.

Also see: 35 BEST CHINESE DRAMAS OF ALL TIMES

5. Kiss Me | รักล้นใจนายแกล้งจุ๊บ

  • Logline: A romantic tale of a nerdy girl and a popular genius.
  • Year: 2017 
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Mike Angelo, Aom Sushar, Tao Sattaphong

A unique Thai Lakorn that twisted the roles of a genius boy and a dumb girl in such a way that it came out as one of the highly-rated Thai dramas. The sequel Kiss me again was also a big hit.

As I mentioned above, the story follows a dumb girl and a popular boy having an IQ of 200. For Taliw it was love at first sight. Tenten is kind and generous but it is hard to know for Taliw what he feels for her.

The creators have portrayed Tenten as a realistic character having unusual human abilities. The drama is a blend of sweet romance, comedy and high school love. Highly recommended for all who are looking for a new Thai Lakorn.

Where to watch Kiss Me?

This fancy story airs on Dramacool.

6. Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat | บุพเพสันนิวาส;

  • Logline: Kadesurang life’s changes when she’s sent back 300 year and that too in someone else’s body
  • Year: 2017 
  • Genre: History, Romance
  • Cast: Ranee Campen, Thanawat Wattanapoom, Louis Scott

A famous Thai historical drama also know by the name of Love Destiny, gained popularity all across the world owing to the fantastic screenplay, amazing costume designs, and perfect locations.

The drama has a unique theme of time travel along with the romance and political and family drama. Kadesurang is a famous archeologist who one day meets a ghost that sends her to the Ayutthaya era around 300 years ago. To her surprise, she wakes up in Karakade‘s dead body, who is mean and selfish and for this attitude is hated by everyone. She was promised to Date, as both their fathers were best friends. When the archaeologist woke up in her body, everyone got confused. Later on, with her cheerful personality, she is successful in winning everyone’s heart.

If you are fond of historical and political drama, then definitely this is the show for you! 

Where to watch Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat?

All episodes are available for free on Dramacool.

7. Kleun Cheewit | คลื่นชีวิต

  • Logline: Jeerawat accidentally hits a woman with her car resulting in her death, now that woman’s fiancee is out for revenge.
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Mark Prin Suparat, Yaya Urassaya Sperbund, Louis Scott

After you watch a lot of Asian dramas, every romantic story seems to be repetitive but this was not the case with this Thai Lakorn. The plot is fresh, interesting and most importantly, believable.

Jeerawat is a popular actress and is also very kind. One day her stepfather drugged her to take advantage of her but she escapes. Under the influence of drugs, she accidentally hits a woman with her car resulting in her death. Sathit, the fiancee of that woman vows to take revenge from Jeerawat. But after a while, he discovers her true nature falls in love with her.

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 15 episodes of Kleun Cheewit on Dramacool.

Also See: 35 BEST INDIAN WEB SERIES OF ALL-TIMES

8. Together With Me | อกหักมารักกับผม

  • Logline: What could possibly go wrong when two best friends wake up naked next to each other.
  • Year: 2017 
  • Genre: Bromance
  • Cast:  Max Nattapo, Tul Pakorn, Aim Satida

Together with me unfolds the events that happened before Bad Romance: The Series Thai BL Drama, a prequel to be exact.

This thirteen episode romantic comedy-drama focus on Korn and KnockTwo best friends who unwillingly found themselves sleeping naked next to each other. Knock wants to keep this a secret as he has a girlfriend. Later Knock’s girlfriends cheat on him and his friend Korn supports him in his difficult time.

The drama brings out the idea of openness in love regardless of gender. Count this one on your list if you have been watching BL dramas recently. 

Where to watch Together With Me?

Watch it today on Dramacool.

9. Hua Jai Sila | หัวใจศิลา

  • Logline: Abused by his step-family in childhood, Sila returns back years later to take revenge from those who hurt him.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast: Thanapob Leeluttanakajorn, Nopjira Lerkkajornnamkul, Siraphan Wattanajinda

Also known as ‘ Man of Vengence‘, this Thai Lakorn is a classic family rivalry story that is filled with twists and turns and keeps the suspense up in every episode.

Sila is the son of a rich businessman and a mistress. After his mother died he was forced to live with his father’s family. He was abused by his stepmother when he was a child so he jumps into the river and was presumed dead. But he survives and returns as an adult to take revenge from those who hurt him.

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 27 episodes of Hua Jai Sila on Dramacool.

10. Love By Chance | รักนี้บังเอิญคือคุณ

  • Logline: Pele’s life transforms when he meets his perfect match.
  • Year: 2018 
  • Genre: Boys love
  • Cast: Saint Suppapong, Perth Tanapon

While most BL drama runs almost on the same plot, Love by chance is a Thai Lakorn that brings out the complexities of being a young gay male in an orthodox society.

Pete is an intelligent, shy and silent boy. His timidness is caused by the fact that he is gay and chooses not to disclose it. His life went like this until he met Ae, a kindhearted boy of a similar age. 

The show is one of the most refreshing and purest stories in BL dramas. Don’t miss out on this one if you are a BL Drama lover.

Where to watch Love by Chance?

Kissasian might be the perfect place to stream it.

Also see: 25 MOST POPULAR JAPANESE DRAMAS EVER

11. U-Prince: The crazy Artist| ทฤษฎีหัวใจของนายติสต์แตก

  • Logline: A sweet love story of a rock band singer and a geeky girl.
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Kunchanuj Kengkarnka, Note Panayanggool, Amp Phurikulkrit Chusakdiskulwibul

First of all, you need to know something. U-Prince is actually a collection of stories. It has 2 seasons and both seasons have a collection of more than 5 different stories and every story has 4 or more than 4 episodes. There are many stories that I like from this series but I am just gonna talk about one i.e. ‘The crazy Artist’.

The story revolves around Mel B, a geeky girl, and Hippy, a Rock Band singer. Mel B was dumped by her boyfriend and on the same day, she meets Hippy who likes her Beatles t-shirt. He asks for her t-shirt but Mel B wants him to pretend to be her boyfriend for five days as an exchange for it.

Like this one, I’ll also recommend you to watch U-Prince: The Lovely Geologist, U-Prince: The Single Lawyer and U-Prince: The Badly Politics. If you like you can watch all the 12 stories from both seasons.

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 4 episodes of this Thai Lakorn on Dramacool.

12. Leh Ratree | เล่ห์รตี

  • Logline: Kate is sold off to Sake by her father to clear off the debt that he owed to him.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Sean Jindachot, Esther Supreeleela, Keerati Mahapreukpong 

After reading the logline you might be thinking what kind of an absurd story is this. In the 21st century, these kinds of dramas can get really bad publicity but it is the sharpness of the story that makes it a must-watch drama.

The story starts with Sake who is looking for Kate’s father who stole his money and ran away. After nabbing him, he sends off his daughter to Sake to pay off his debts. Although this relationship began with a weird start, over time both start to have feelings for each other.

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 15 episodes of Leh Ratree on Dramacool.

 13. The Crown Princess | ลิขิตรัก

  • Logline: The life of a newly coronated foreign Princess is threated so she’s sent to Thailand for her protection.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Action, Drama
  • Cast: Nadech Kugimiya, Sara Legge, Yaya Urassaya Sperbund 

If you are looking for a fully action-packed Thai Lakorn then this is a perfect show for you. Don’t watch it if you looking for too much romance from the drama.

The story starts with Princess Alice of a small kingdom being coronated as the queen but has to run away since her life is under threat. She reaches Thailand where a Navy officer is put in charge of her protection. From then on there is a lot of action and family drama with a sweet amount of romance in between.

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 12 episodes of The Crown Princess on Dramacool.

14. He’s coming to me | เขามาเชงเม้งข้างๆหลุมผมครับ

  • Logline: A story of a ghost falling in love with a guy.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Cast:  Prachaya Ruangroj, Pawat Chittsawangdee

Famous Thai drama with a supernatural genre combined with romance and comedy. Mes is a ghost who wanders here occupied by his loneliness. Fortunately, he meets a guy who can see him and a bond of friendship develops between the two. 

The story takes a delightful turn when the ghost falls for another boy.

The series is a perfect combination of drama, fantasy, romance, mystery, and friendship. The acting skill will definitely blow your mind. 

Where to watch He is Coming For Me?

Dramacool is the perfect place to binge it today.

15. 2Moon | เดือนเกี้ยวเดือน

  • Logline: Wayo will do anything to win the heart of his crush.
  • Year: 2017 
  • Genre: Boys Love
  • Cast: Bas Suradej, God Itthipat, Copter Panuwat, Kim Varodom

Based on a Thai novel series Moon Courting Moon by Chiffon cake this LGBT Thai Lakoran has been summarised in 2 series with 24 episodes in total.

Wayo Panitchayasawad (Yo) admits to a university in the hope to impress his high school crush, Phana Kongthanin who is a senior in the same university.

Wayo and Phana’s initial meeting starts with chaos. But Wayo didn’t lose hope and is helped by his best friend Ming in his mission to win Phana’s heart. 

A similar storyline to SOTUS, a simplified one I would say. Don’t expect too much from this light romantic drama as it is more inclined to sweetness then seriousness.

Where to watch 2 Moon?

Watch this BL story on Dramacool.


Honorary Mentions:

1. Theory of Love | ทฤษฎีจีบเธอ

  • Logline: A story of a gay boy who falls for his straight friend.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Rom-com, Boys Love
  • Cast: Phumphothingam Nawat, Jumpol Adulkittiporn, Atthaphan Phunsawat  

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 12 episodes of ‘Theory of Love’ on Dailymotion and Dramacool.

2. Tharn Type | เกลียดนักมาเป็นที่รักกันซะดีๆ

  • Logline: A story of two guys who are roommates but the problem is that one is homophobic and the other is openly gay.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Rom-com, Boys Love
  • Cast: Suppasit Jongcheveevat, Kanawut Traipipattanapong, Kittipat Kaewcharoen

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 12 episodes of ‘Tharn Type’ on YouTube.

3. I Wanna Be a Sup’tar | วันหนึ่งจะเป็นซุปตาร์

  • Logline: A funny love story between a famous movie star and a wannabe star.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Put Puttichai, Ramita Mahapreukpong, Woonsen Virithipa Pakdeeprasong

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 26 episodes of I Wanna Be a Sup’tar on YouTube.

4. Ugly duckling Series: Perfect Match | รักนะเป็ดโง่ตอน

  • Logline: Junita was always teased for her ugly looks. So she decides to move to someplace quiet and there she meets Suea.
  • Year: 2015
  • Genre: Rom-com
  • Cast: Acharanat Ariyaritwikol, Korawit Boonsri, Niti Chaichitatorn

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 9 episodes of Ugly duckling Series: Perfect Match on YouTube and Netflix.

5. Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey | รุ่นพี่เรื่อง 

  • Logline: A story revolving around all the action going on in a school club.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Friendship, Romance
  • Cast: Kang Vorakorn, Nutjaree Horvejkul, Jumpol Adulkittiporn

Where to watch this Thai drama?

You can watch all the 6 episodes of Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey on Netflix.

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