Bangkok’s Most Famous Family?
It was when I met the family behind The Siam in Bangkok that I started to feel like a bit of an underachiever. It’s not that I’m not pleased with my list of achievements. I feel reasonably proud of my mark on the planet so far. And I do enjoy my fair share of free time to laze around. Which it seems the Sukusol family cannot possibly understand as a concept because they do far too much to be able to sleep for more than an hour a day.
Initially I learned about this hotel of theirs which Krissada Sukosol Clapp decided to create when he inherited some riverside land.
The hotel, designed with the help of Bill Bensley (himself no slouch in success terms), houses many of his antiques, drew inspiration from Musee d’Orsay in Paris and the setting reflects arguably the city’s great period of grandeur for Bangkok under King Rama V.
It’s a ridiculously good looking hotel slash museum but as impressive as it is, it was the family behind the hotel that staggered me most.
Take Krissada for example. His business card says creative director Sukosol Hotels.
What it doesn’t say is that he is also a famous rock singer in an indie-rock band that won an MTV Asia award. Not content with this, he is also an actor. And unlike most singers turned actor he must be pretty good because he won Thailand’s equivalent of an Oscar.
Clearly the star of the family. Or is he?
Perhaps Kamala Sukosol, president of Sukosol Hotels is the leading light. After all she won Forbes Asia’s Hero of Philanthropy Award. She won it predominantly because her annual concerts and albums (yes something of a singing star too) have raised 28 million Baht for charity.
There’s a case for naming Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi the star of the family. She is executive vice president of the hotel group, but also a renowned recording artist, author and UNICEF ambassador.
Daranee Sukosol Clapp, chief financial officer, is not exactly a black sheep either as a former Wall Street investment banker and MC at Sukosol family concerts.
And then there’s Sukie Clapp, project director. He’s a media entrepreneur. And a passionate biker. And he founded the county’s most successful independent record label, published a book, produced and starred in a successful reality TV series… AND he is now a famous street photographer.
An impressive family from top to bottom.
Feeling like a slight underachiever yet?
The good news is with a family like this behind it the hotel was never going to be anything but incredible. So if you’re thinking about Bangkok, have a closer look here.
Right. I’m off to write a book, record an album, stage a concert, do something philanthropic and star in a film.
Or I might just watch Love Actually and eat mince pies…