For this month’s cover shoot we headed to one of Bangkok’s oldest riverside gems, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which graciously opened up its grand royal suite to our team and cover girl Bui Simon, Thailand’s second Miss Universe winner and now advocate for education opportunities for underprivileged young Thais.

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On her arrival Bui stuns everybody with her dashing looks. While cover shoots can often take an entire day to complete, our gracious subject is a busy woman with only a few hours to spare. Unsurprisingly, the former beauty pageant winner, completely at ease in front of the camera, effortlessly nailed each shot with elegance, rocking outfits by Sandro and Andriana Pepell complemented by exquisite jewellery from Gempeace by Chuchai.

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Insider: A true Thai at heart, Bui has countless favourite Thai dishes but says guay tiew naam ngiew, a famous nothern Thai noodle dish is at the top of her list

Bui then takes a moment to discuss her life as a mother and a dedicated philanthropist. Although she does not reside in Bangkok, she is a well-known figure in Thailand and as the photo shoot comes to an end we discover a member of the hotel’s staff who has been waiting patiently the whole time to present Bui with a bouquet of flowers. Tears of joy are shed as the young man greets his idol.

Find the full cover story in our 27th anniversary issue, on newsstands in September 2018, and stayed tuned on ThailandTatler.com for more exclusive content on society stars such as Bui!

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Photography: Chaiwat Kungsamrith & Mika Apichatsakol
Video: Santawat Chienpradit
Styling: Sachon Kunajiramedt
Makeup: Tiwakorn sopausawaporn

Tags: Mandarin Oriental, Bui Porntip, September Issue, Anniversary Issue, Miss Universe, Porntip Simon, Bui Simon