Crazy rich HK wedding for Thaksin babyTop News | Staff Reporter 15 Mar 2019
The wedding scene in that rom-com blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians will be replicated in real life - in Hong Kong.
Exiled billionaire and former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra will throw a big wedding bash for daughter Peatongtarn Shinawatra and her groom at the soon-to-open ultra-luxury hotel Rosewood Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui, according to The Standard's sister publication Sing Tao Daily.
His youngest daughter is set to tie the knot with Pidok Sooksawas, a pilot by profession, next Friday - a day before the official opening of the hotel.
The former 69-year-old Thai premiere, who has been exiled from his homeland since 2008 following accusations of corruption, has been assisting his daughter to prepare for the big day.
This includes helping her pick a wedding dress and decorations along with Peatongtarn's eldest sister Pintongtha.
Thaksin's younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra, 51, who became the first female Thai prime minister in 2011 and was seen as a successor of her brother's political regime, and other pro-Thaksin politicians will show up at the wedding, sources said.
Pingtongtha has posted a photo on social media, capturing a sweet family moment of herself, her father and aunt Yingluck hugging one another with the Hong Kong harbor front in the background.
The bride-to-be, 26, was dubbed the "Thai beauty" and has been with her fiancee for two years.
Sooksawas, who also belongs to the post-90s generation, proposed to her at a private party in July last year, where she happily said yes and announced the good news on her social media account.
Last month, she posted a pre-wedding photo of herself in a white gown and veil with the caption: "I'm not perfect but I love you."
Despite the wedding being a private event with the wealthy family's relatives and friends, it is expected to be the highlight of Thai and international media as Thailand's general election will be held on March 24, two days after the wedding.
Thai voters will be casting their first votes to democratically elect a government after almost five years of rule by a military regime led by incumbent prime minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who seized power from Yingluck in a coup in 2014.
However, the Thai electoral commission last month disqualified Thai princess Ubolratana Rajakanya from running in the election.
The 67-year-old princess wanted to stand as a candidate for the pro-Thaksin Thai Raksa Chart Party but was barred after her younger brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, said it would be inappropriate for a royal member to run in the election.