Foreigners Invited to Pledge Loyalty in Thailand by Drew Noyes


Drew Noyes, perhaps Thailand’s most famous American, has launched a Facebook page in which foreigners can pledge their loyalty and love to the Thai Royal Family.

The page – ‘Thailand Foreigners Love the Royal Family.’ is perhaps marred by a remark next to one of the first pictures staying: ‘This Facebook page is full of foreign criminals. The FBI most wanted list is nothing compared with this page’. 

But it is a valiant effort by 60-year-old Noyes, to rehabilitate himself from his conviction for extortion and two year jail sentence in Pattaya last year – a conviction he is appealing.*

Most of the pictures on the page are of course provided by Drew Noyes himself from the one occasion in Pattaya in which he managed to inveigle himself into introducing some old American military vets to Princess Maha Chakri Sirandhorn.

But some foreigner couples have also provided mugshots.

Foremost of course also are Drew Noyes and his common law wife Wanrapa Boonsu (who was convicted with him).  They pose for the camera under pictures of Royalty and famous people they have met.

Wanrapa and Noyes posing

Noyes is of course notorious for the claim he made in his now defunct Pattaya Times newspaper that he had been invited to Thailand by Royal Proclamation to work for the Bank of Thailand to help the country out of the late nineties economic crisis in Asia.   The Bank of Thailand has of course never heard of him.

Some have even suggested that he has created the Facebook page to combat claims that he had committed the crime of lese majeste by his Royal boasts.

Noyes and Wanrapa posing for police

The picture of Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu will definitely confuse Bob Woomer of the Lions Club Palm Harbor 11 , Florida, who met Drew Noyes and ‘wife’ at the Lions Club of Silom 310D.  Wanrapa does not look a bit like the woman photographed at the top table with Drew Noyes and who actually is known as Nam and whose real name is Warichaya Pharawech, who used to work in the Buffalo Bar in Pattaya.

Nam, second from left

Woomer’s caption under a photograph in his Palm Harbor II Lions Club report states: ‘a distinguished physician who leads a group of medical personnel to remote areas of Thailand, the secretary of the club (and the president’s wife) the president of a Thai speaking Bangkok Lions Club President Drew Noyes, Dr.Singh a homeopathic physician and me.”

This is quite appropriately followed a picture of Bob Woomer and Drew Noyes apparently conversing with a stuffed duck known as ‘His Daffyness Lord Duck’ – who ‘now proudly wears the coveted Silom Pin’.

This might also confuse the Pattaya Criminal Court. The President’s wife Nam has taken a case against the owner of this site under Thailand’s criminal libel laws for describing her as Noyes’ ‘mia noi’ or minor wife.  She claims she and Noyes were just good friends – not his major wife!


Both Wanrapa and Nam have an interest in Drew Noyes’ assets. It is not hard to predict who will win.

Today Nam (#WarichayaParawech) failed to turn up with a lawyer at Pattaya Court to face return computer crime act charges against her brought by Kanokrat Nimsamooth Booth.

She was warned about further delaying the proceedings.

* Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu were convicted last year of attempting to extort Dr, Michel Goulet of the Jomtien Clinic out of 7 million (reduced to 2.3m) baht, on pain of a raid by the now gutted and re-organised CSD – Crime Suppression Division, and of course bad publicity in his own newspaper – the Pattaya Times.

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Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond is a British independent journalist and occasional television documentary maker. He is a former Fleet Street, London, journalist having worked at the Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, News of the World, Observer and The Times.

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