Famous Thai People with German Roots

famous thai people actor mario maurer

Luk Kreung

Luk kreung means half-child in English and is a Thai term for people of mixed race. The number of half Thai and (mostly) half white people increased a lot since the 1970s and 1980s when the country became a popular destination for western tourists. Furthermore, during the Vietnam War, many U.S. military bases were placed in Thailand.

Luk kreung’s with their mix of soft Asian yet hard Caucasian features plus a white skin and taller figures (compared to average Thai people) are an admired beauty ideal in the Sout-East Asian country. Many actors and actresses in Thai television are Luk kreung’s and often take benefit from their naturally exotic look. Most of them are fluent in Thai and – due to often attending private international schools – English, which is highly appreciated.

Famous Thai People who are Luk Kreung

Mario Maurer

Roots: German from his father’s side, Thai/ ethnic Chinese from his mother’s side.

Born on: December 4, 1988, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Profession: actor, model.

Other facts:

  • Mario Maurer’s mother Warunya is Thai of Chinese descent and his father is Roland from Germany, who (until his death in 2011) was running a cosmetic company in Thailand.
  • Mario started as a model at age 16 but became famous at age 18 when he played the role of a homosexual boy in the Thai movie The Love of Siam.
  • He is a huge superstar in Thailand.
  • Mario Maurer is fluent in Thai and English, but cannot speak German.

Mario Maurer movies: Take me Home (2016), Love on That Day (2012), Rak haeng Siam (2009), The Love of Siam (2007).

Mario Maurer height: 5’11”.

Kimberly Ann Voltemas

Roots: German from her father’s side, Thai from her mother’s side.

Born on: January 22, 1992, in Berlin, Germany.

Profession: actress, model.

Other facts: 

  • Kimberly Ann Voltemas father is German and has a Ph.D. in Law, while her mother is Thai.
  • She became famous with her role as the warmhearted doctor Nam in the Thai television series 4 Hua Jai Hae Koon Kao (4 Hearts of the Mountains).

Jannine Weigel

Roots: German from her father’s side, Thai from her mother’s side.

Born on: July 30, 2000 in Steinfurt, Germany.

Profession: singer, actress, YouTube personality.

Other facts:

  • After her dad’s retirement, the family moved from Germany to Thailand in 2010. The emigration was documented by a German cult tv show called Goodbye Deutschland! Die Auswanderer. ( = Goodbye Germany! The emigrants).
  • Jannine was the first YouTube personality in Thailand, who gained 1 million subscribers.
  • In 2018, she also took part at the German tv show Das Supertalent.
  • She is having huge popularity in Thailand.
  • She is fluent in Thai, German and English.

Jannine Weigel songs: Because of You, Chak Din Chak Ngo, Zurück zu Dir.

Marsha Vadhanapanich

Roots: Thai from her father’s side, German from her mothers side

Born on: August, 24, 1970 in Iserlohn, Germany.

Profession: singer, model, actress.

Other facts:

  • Has a son called Nawapol Lumpoon.
  • Was married with Thai actor Ampol Lampoo until 1997.
  • Started her singing career in 1985.

Featured image (cropped): Mario MaurerKapookdotcom Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 3.0

August 9, 2019
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