Connect with us

Thai Life

Profile: Sriya Yongsakul – Building her own empire



PHUKET: Born and bred in Phuket, Sriya Yongsakul is a well-known boating personality on the island. Hailing from the family that runs Phuket Boat Lagoon, Ms Sriya is a businesswoman, mother and sports enthusiast.

After spending her childhood in Phuket, she left for Bangkok to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Chulalongkorn University, and then to England to obtain her master’s in management. Rather than choosing to work abroad, she opted to return to her homeland.

“I was lucky to have been brought up in a working family as I saw how everything was built from scratch. We have good relationships with our teams and the public recognizes us as a humble, local family from Phuket. We stick to the principles of humility and peace and make sure to never involve ourselves in anyone else’s business or politics,” says Ms Sriya.

“I worked in Bangkok for a couple of years, and then came back to Phuket to help out in the family business. Since then, I worked on various projects before finally starting my own in Krabi.”

Her latest brainchild is ‘The Cleat Condominium’ at Krabi Boat Lagoon. She hopes that this project – which she credits equally to her husband, and father Kanit Yongsakul (founder of the Phuket Boat Lagoon) – will bring the Krabi community closer together.

“The condominium project is an expansion within the Krabi Boat Lagoon, in addition to a hotel that we own there,” she says. “Our vision is to bring more and more people to visit Krabi and help them mingle with other visitors and locals alike.”

Using the Phuket Boat Lagoon as a successful business model and recreating it in Krabi, Ms Sriya is ever appreciative of the raw natural beauty of Krabi. Being a businesswoman and entrepreneur, she has set her sights on international visitors from not only Phuket and Bangkok, but also Singapore, Hong Kong and other international locations.

“The tourists who come to Krabi want something different. Phuket is getting more and more crowded every day, whereas Krabi is a smaller and more relaxed destination where people can have their own peace of mind. It’s surrounded by natural beauty and is a perfect place to retreat back to nature and breathe fresh air,” she says. “It also has an international airport that visitors can directly fly to.”

Ms Sriya’s efforts have been reaping rewards already, as one of her Krabi developments was recently given the ‘Best Residential Development Award for Phang Nga/Krabi’ at the 2016 Thailand Property Awards.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious award because it’s the first one ever given to any project in Krabi. In past years there were no other outstanding property projects in Krabi and we are proud to say that we are one of the very first to come up with a proper development there,” she says.

Through her projects, Ms Sriya also helps to promote the local culture and tradition of the region surrounding the marina.

“A short distance from Krabi is a small island where locals make hand woven products, grow organic rice and so on. So if any of the guests staying at our marina want to do a cultural tour, we arrange for them to take a longtail trip to explore the surroundings. Most of our workers are locals who stay close to the marina. When we have our business up and running, it benefits them as well, as they can earn a better living by working with us,” she adds.

— Zohaib Sikander


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Politics1 hour ago

Exiled Sri Lanka President warned to stay in his hotel in Bangkok

World1 hour ago

UPDATE: Salman Rushdie on ventilator, details on stabber emerge

Thailand3 hours ago

Campaign to get international training for Thai teen declared record sprinter

Sponsored2 days ago

BKFC THAILAND 3: Moment of truth set for September 3

Crime3 hours ago

Royal birthdays bring over 100,000 royal prison pardons

Video3 hours ago

The Voice Behind the World’s Top Brands ft. Krit Tone Sukawat | Thaiger Podcast Ep.2

Press Room4 hours ago

Thailand as your next destination for Motorcycle Adventure post-COVID

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime4 hours ago

Singaporean and Thai swindler couple arrested in Malaysia

Crime14 hours ago

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed at New York lecture

Transport19 hours ago

Daily trains begin between Malaysian border and Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

Virologist predicts most of Thailand will have had Covid by 2023

Transport21 hours ago

Bangkok gets 20 new electric buses next week

Crime22 hours ago

Armed robber escapes with gold worth 800,000 baht in Thailand

This is Thailand23 hours ago

Similarity of Mothers Around the World | Thai Mother’s Day 2022

Crime23 hours ago

Foreigner faces prison for Parrotfishing in Thailand

Bangkok1 day ago

Woman escapes death after car hit by fallen debris in Bangkok

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11