Meet Bon Rattanabannakit, Thailand’s rising YouTube star

Meet Bon Rattanabannakit, Thailand’s rising YouTube star

A Norway-based Thai woman is gaining followers fast for her language lessons and viral-worthy mockumentaries
A Nakorn Ratchasima native, Bon lived and studied in the U.S., the UK and Australia, before settling in Norway with her fiancé.

When it comes to viral-worthy videos worth spreading, we may not have a Thai Lauren Luke giving out makeup tips, or a David Choi serenading us with Michael Jackson acoustics. But we do have Bon Rattanabannakit, Thailand’s newest and funniest YouTube star. 

A Nakorn Ratchasima native, Bon lived and studied in the U.S., the UK and Australia, before settling in Norway with her fiancé. Between learning Norwegian and searching  for a decent job, she turns her attic toilet into a stage, teaching Thai language to YouTube viewers around the world while creating comedy clips for Thais.

“I was struggling with learning Norwegian myself and I was feeling down,” says Bon, explaining what led her to start creating her Thai language series, which now has 17 episodes. “And I realized I’m not the only one learning a new language in the world. It’s a good karma also, maybe one day I’ll wake up and speak fluent Norwegian!”

Her Thai lessons focus on “realistic Thai”, meaning sentences and usage that will make you sound like an actual Thai person rather than a textbook.

After creating 15 episodes of "Learn Thai the Bon’s Way", she decided to loosen things up and created a more comical series for her Thai fans and friends -- "The Jaidee TV."

“Jaidee TV is a way to keep me connected with my Thai friends. And I love to make people laugh.”

Jaidee TV focuses on parodying different stereotypes found in Thailand, such as an ab-baew girl (a common teen girl trait of acting like a cute Japanese anime character), a pretentious “dek inter” -- a Thai kid who speaks Thai with a foreigner’s accent -- and a fake nature documentary about “farang” or Western tourists as an alien species. (See above video).

These videos are not only funny but also enlightening in a way, as they can make modern Thai culture more understandable to foreign eyes.

“These stereotypes are everywhere, we all must at least have one of them as a friend. I have ALL of them as friends; I could give you names,” laughs Bon.

Most of her Jaidee TV videos are only available in Thai, but a few of her fans have already volunteered to make subtitles for the videos. Until then, you can be educated, and entertained, with “Learn Thai the Bon’s Way.” 

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