Playboy Thailand is Dead, but its Legacy Lives On

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On January 1, 2021, and after 8 years of blessing the world with photos and videos of the hottest models from Thailand, Playboy Thailand has died.

It seems like Playboy Inc and the company behind Playboy Thailand decided to go separate ways.

In other words, 2021 wasn’t off to a good start.

But if we look at the bright side, they’re leaving us with a rich heritage that will remain long after they’re gone.

Because even if Playboy Thailand had a short run (only 8 years, compared to almost 70 years and counting for Playboy Magazine), they had a wild one.

In only 8 years, they amassed millions of fans online, brought hundreds of gorgeous Thai models under the spotlight, and had playmates who became some of the most popular Thai models and net idols in the country.

Oh, and they created thousands of gorgeous pictures and videos in the process. As well as great magazines and calendars we can enjoy over and over again.

But how big was Playboy Thailand? And what legacy is it leaving?

The Golden Years of Playboy Thailand

In 2011, a Thai company named Bunny Ventures Limited reached an agreement with Playboy Inc to use the Playboy brand and image in Thailand.

A few months later, the first edition of Playboy Thailand was printed in April 2012, featuring Ploy Chermarn as its centerfold Playmate.

Still, it had to wait a year to have this first edition hitting the newsstands. 

Playboy Thailand was born.

From there, the magazine took off, and the iconic rabbit head logo quickly 

became one of the leading platforms for wannabe models in Thailand.

In just a few years, and with a strong brand like Playboy behind it, Playboy Thailand found its place.

Thai playmates were everywhere in Thailand.

Models of Playboy Thailand event at Ambar with Hooters

They became symbols of Thai beauty and worked with some of the biggest brands, including Nok Air, G-Shock, Line, Hooters, and many more.

Thai bunnies made appearances at parties and venues across Thailand and even some of Asia’s most significant events.

You could see Thai playmates at the massive music festival “It’s A Ship” between Singapore and Thailand, or at the world-famous Omnia Club in Bali.

Playboy Thailand was unstoppable.

But the brand wasn’t only about beautiful Thai models and parties. Playboy in Thailand, like in the rest of the world, was also about culture and lifestyle.

Right after it launched, the owner of Playboy Thailand said:

“Beyond entertainment, PLAYBOY also helped to usher in an era of change in America so many years ago that can be seen to parallel Thailand’s own growing pains: cultural, political, economic, and societal. It is my sincere hope that PLAYBOY will also be seen as a guiding light to help inspire and stimulate free thought through these times.”

And it lived up to its mission.

Even without a single nude photo (because it’s illegal in Thailand, like prostitution), Playboy Thailand exploded.

Like its US version, the magazine also had iconic interviews of celebrities, like Amy Klinpratoom, Neko Jump, Natalie Glebova, and many more.

Most importantly, it opened the discussion in Thailand around many topics like sex, women’s place in society, and other cultural issues.

Playboy Thailand magazine cover with Neko Jump

And even though the magazine launched at a time when print magazines were already declining, they managed to find a strong audience online, especially on social media.

Their Facebook, Line, Instagram, and Youtube gathered millions of followers almost effortlessly.

As for the girls who had the chance to become Playmates, they saw their careers explode instantly.

The magazine even became a great place for Thai actresses and celebrities to be featured.

The Best Thai Playmates

What would be Playboy without its famous Playmates?

Thai Playboy calendar of January 2017

Playboy Thailand helped us discover some of the most beautiful models in Thailand.

Whether they were Playmates, bunnies, brand ambassadors, won one of the Playboy Awards, or appeared on the Playboy calendar. Being featured by the magazine was a big push for each model.

Most famous Thai playmates include Ployfon Jeeraporn (Bunny Ployfon), Noree Wijitra (Bunny Keys), Fuengfah Suweeraya, Gege Kannapapat (Bunny Gege), or Tharinton Donmuensri, to name a few.

Playboy Thailand even featured on its cover and centerfold some of the most beautiful Thai women, like Kae Kanyakorn (Miss Thailand World 2012), Ice Apitsada, Fai AF, Baitoey Tharathip, and many more.

International top models, actresses, net idols, etc. Playboy Thailand had them all.

Where Can you Find Thai Girls Who are Playmates Material Now?

Yes, Playboy Thailand is gone, but that doesn’t mean Thailand has less hot models now.

Thailand still has the most beautiful girls in Asia and arguably the world (yes, we might be a bit biased).

So, where can you meet the future Thai top models now?

Playboy Thailand Ploysomsang photo

As always, The PIMP Bangkok is the best place to meet the hottest girls in Thailand and party with them!

They even have girls at the club who appeared in Playboy Thailand and other men’s lifestyle magazines like FHM, Maxim, or Penthouse.

You can also try to find your future Thai girlfriend on Thai dating sites.

Try dating apps like ThaiFriendly, ThaiMatch, or ThaiCupid, where single Thai girls love to chat.

And if you’re not in Thailand and don’t plan to visit the country anytime soon, you can always enjoy photos and videos of the most beautiful Thai models and net idols on online magazines like Cup E.

Get Access to Playboy’s Archives

But let’s suppose, like us, you’re already missing Playboy Thailand, and you’re nostalgic of Playboy’s golden era.

Well, if that’s the case, we’ve got good news for you. You can always get access to every Playboy issue ever printed for only a little over $4 a month.

Yes, that’s right. Playboy Magazine opened a website with all its archives for a really small fee.

That’s over 700 issues, including every interview, centerfold, playmates, articles, even the ads, since 1953, for only $4.17 a month.

In other words, it’s the perfect gift for fans of the iconic rabbit head logo like us.

old Playboy magazine issues

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