Best Thai Dramas – If you’ve exhausted all k-drama options on Netflix by now, you’re probably looking for an alternative to these cinematic masterpieces that are equally as engaging as they are emotional and addictive.
We’re here to introduce you to the next best thing: Thai dramas! If you’re a veteran of Asian shows, chances are you’ve probably come across or even binged a bunch of Thai dramas before.
Much like their Korean counterparts, Thai dramas offer compelling storylines about life, tragedies, and love. Their leads are also always as amazingly talented as they are attractive, which certainly doesn’t hurt!
Thai dramas have been around for quite some time now, and there are many memorable ones that stand out, from tear-jerking romances to edge-of-your-seat thrillers to laugh-until-you-cry comedies.
The Best Thai Dramas | Our Top 10 Thailand Series
Read on as we cover the 10 best Thai dramas that you’ll absolutely fall in love with!
- Full House (2013)
- Hormones (2013)
- The Gifted (2018)
- Kiss Me (2017)
- Girl2K (2021)
- Hua Jai Sila (2019)
- Girl From Nowhere (2018)
- Revenge (2017)
- O-Negative (2016)
- The Judgement (2018)
1. Full House (2013)
Ahh, the classic forced cohabitation drama. Many of you will recognise the name ‘Full House’ from its classic Korean masterpiece of the same name.
This Thai drama is indeed inspired by the successes of its predecessor, but it refreshes the original and creates memorable moments in its own unique way.
The drama follows Aom, a writer who somehow gets swindled out of her own home. Upon meeting with the new owner, of whom she had met briefly abroad already, a contract for a one-year marriage somehow appears and the hilarity ensues.
This drama boasts fantastic leads with amazing chemistry and moments of laughter until you cry.
2. Hormones (2013)
Coming of age dramas is a genre that will never phase out. Whether you’re a young teen basically living the drama, or an adult who is instantly nostalgic when watching the storyline unfold, these types of realistic dramas appeal to people of all ages.
Hormones is exactly this kind of drama. It centres around the lives of a few Thai teenagers currently at school. Each character comes from a different background and thus has a different perspective on pretty much everything in life.
The realistic yet endearing portrayal of each character is already reason enough to get into this drama. You’ll be rooting for them all as they navigate through life, dealing with relationships, bullying, family issues, social standards, love, and many more problems that are closer to real life than you’d think.
3. The Gifted (2018)
If you’re after a more serious-toned drama, check out ‘The Gifted’.
The storyline of this drama revolves around students at a school called Ritdha High School. There is a class at this school that is known as the ‘Gifted’ program, and it invites only those who show extraordinary talents.
Pang is a student from the lowest ranking class who beats all odds and somehow passes the exam to get into the Gifted program.
Upon entering the program with fellow classmates, they all begin to feel suspicious of the activities involved in it. Soon, they discover that the program was designed to awaken powers lying dormant in their bodies. These powers, however, come at a price.
4. Kiss Me (2017)
We all love a good opposites-attract series, and Kiss Me is a light-hearted romance drama that is just that!
Taliw is a girl who’s clumsy, kind, positive, but not the smartest by the books. Tenten is a new boy at school who quickly becomes one of the most popular, with an IQ of 200 to boot.
Of course, Taliw falls head over heels immediately for Tenten. Of course, their friends happen to be close friends for a long time. Of course, Taliw’s house somehow burns down and she is forced to move into Tenten’s house with his family whilst her house is being rebuilt.
If you’re after a heart-fluttering romance with a sprinkle of comedy and great leads chemistry, this is a great drama for you.
If you’re into your manga, you’ll also be excited to know that this is, in fact, an adaption of the popular ‘Itazura na Kiss’ manga by Kaoru Tada!
5. Girl2K (2021)
Romance mixed with a little bit of sci-fi and fantasy? Sign us up!
Girl2K is about Momay, an immortal girl who has been walking the earth for more than 2000 years. She has tried all methods to end her life and move on but her immortality prevents her from leaving this world.
One day, she happens across a fortune-teller who advises her that if she happens to find the love of her life, she will become mortal again. Momay takes this advice literally and goes on a quest to find ‘The One’.
However, she definitely did not bank on four candidates showing up at the same time! What will she do?
6. Hua Jai Sila (2019)
Hua Jai Sila is the perfect drama for you if you’re looking for slick revenge.
Sila is the illegitimate son of a wealthy businessman and his mistress. When his mother dies, Sila is forced to live with his father’s family. However, he is tragically abused by his stepmother.
In an attempt to free himself, he one day jumps into a river and is presumed dead.
Years later, Sila returns as a cold-hearted adult, driven to infiltrate the family and take his revenge on those who have wronged him in the past.
7. Girl From Nowhere (2018)
This drama is quite unlike any other drama, which is why it earned incredibly high ratings upon its release, spurring a second season.
Girl From Nowhere centres around Nanno, a mysterious 11th grade girl who enrols at different schools. There, she will work on exposing people for their lies, hypocrisy, and wrongdoings. She doesn’t discriminate between students or faculty – everyone is her target.
It’s compelling and complex storyline will have you hooked from the first episode!
8. Revenge (2017)
Revenge is a Thai thriller drama that stars one of Thailand’s most respected actresses.
Lalita Panyopas stars as Mathusorn, a woman who suddenly discovers that her husband is having an affair. She decides to pack up her bags and, along with her only daughter, moves out of the house.
Problem is, she is bankrupt, and thus is only able to afford to settle down in a less-than-favourable neighbourhood. People warn her against the dangers of living there, however, there is not much she can do.
Things take a turn for the worst when she’s accidentally embroiled in a drug-dealing conflict.
In moments of darkness, you will see Mathusorn stand up and take the reins to become a strong, independent woman who will do anything for her family.
9. O-Negative (2016)
Thai dramas cover a wide range of genres and often ace it, but one genre they happen to excel at in every corner, is coming-of-age.
O-Negative is a drama that follows the lives of five university students who happen to all have the same blood type. We live vicariously through them as they navigate through friendships, love, and ultimately the balancing act of juggling school and life.
One central plotline of the series is that two best friends one day suddenly realise they’ve fallen for the same person. This light-hearted drama perfectly captures the innocence of young love and the blurred lines between friendship and love.
10. The Judgement (2018)
This teenage drama touches on much more adult issues than one may think, which makes it a compelling option for people of all ages.
Lookkaew is a student at Ekudom University. She is fairly attractive albeit a bit shy, is dating another wealthy student, and has a generally decent life.
However, one day she is convinced to go to a party with her boyfriend, Aud, and experiences an extremely traumatic event that changes her life forever.
From there, she is thrown into the deep-end of gossip, rumours, and of course, judgement from everyone in her school.
This drama follows Lookkaew as she tries to change the damaging toxic culture of her school and stand up for herself.
There you have it, our selection of the 10 best Thai dramas! We hope we’ve covered a variety of genres for you to check out. Those listed have been deemed as some of the most thought-provoking, addictive, memorable Thai dramas, and we hope they leave a special spot in your heart as well.
Let us know if you’ve watched any and what your thoughts are! We’d love to hear about them.