Series Review: Love Destiny

Love Destiny aired in spring 2018 and took Thailand by storm.  Sequels are already in the works and the show has even re-aired with additional scenes.  Keep reading to find out what makes this lakorn so special.

  • Thai Title: บุพเพสันนิวาส
  • English Title: Love Destiny
  • Directed by: Mai Phawat Panangkasiri (ภวัต พนังคศิริะ)
  • Starring: Bella ( เบลล่า แคมเปน), Pope (ธนวรรธน์ วรรธนะภูติ)
  • Series rating: 8/10
  • Thai difficulty: 8/10

Where To Watch?

Love Destiny is available for free on Youtube from Ch3 Thailand.  Unfortunately it doesn’t have English or Thai subtitle options, which means that you have to be a high-intermediate Thai speaker to watch.


Full disclosure: I normally don’t watch Thai lakorns because most of them aren’t very good.  After hearing so much about Bupphae Sanniwaat I decided to check out the first episode on Youtube last week.  I was pleasantly surprised that it had a high production value, good music, fun historical information, and it’s well acted.  I haven’t watched it all yet, but I feel safely that I can recommend it based on the first episodes.

Love Destiny is based on a novel and tells the story of a 25-year old archaeologist that suffers a car accident and is transported into the body of Karakade, an evil woman who lived 300 years ago in the Ayutthaya era.

There’s a lot of good humor based on the main character’s speech (modern Thai) and trying to fit in with language (Thai boran) and customs of Thailand 300 years ago.  They naturally squeeze in historical information from brushing teeth to eating to showering, which is quite interesting and helps set this series above other historical lakorns.   The music also consists of traditional Thai instruments which helps add to the atmosphere of Ayutthaya era Thailand.

It’s obvious now why this show was so popular and I recommend that you give it a try even if you don’t normally watch or enjoy lakorns – you might be surprised too!  At the end of the day it’s still a lakorn and falls into many of the same patterns as the rest, but this one has many unique attributes that helps it stand a cut above!

Series Score: 8/10

Thai Language Notes

This show doesn’t have subtitles and it also has a large amount of ancient Thai and Buddhist vocabulary, making it quite difficult for beginning students.  A lot of the humor in the early episodes is based off of differences between modern Thai and ancient Thai, and you need to understand both in order to ‘get’ the joke.  Still, it’s a series written for mainstream audiences and most of the speech is focused on daily life and relationships so I’ll only mark it down as an 8/10.

Difficulty Score: 8/10

Comment (9)

  • Anonymous| December 24, 2018

    Can I find this novel in English?

  • Heyu| March 24, 2019

    They said they were going to translate the novels to English and Chinese but there’s still no news about that. I’m hoping for some good news about this

    • Evan| March 25, 2019

      Nice! I hadn’t heard this but if the novels are released I’ll update the post to include this info. Thanks!

  • Reun Branco| May 15, 2020

    I would love to read this book. Love the movie adaptation, one of my favorite lakorn. Please update if the English version is available. Thanks!

  • BAngL| June 10, 2020

    Interested to buy Love Destiny in English. Pls advise

    Thank you

  • Necitas Nekoodast| September 12, 2020

    This Thai drama not only portrays old Thai traditions and customs but also demonstrates and teems with overwhelming information about old Thailand. I’ve watched it repeatedly for its portrayal of the simplicity of the old ways. It gave me the nostalgia of the simple and because the actors and actresses both leading and supporting roles gave their best acting skills to give justice to the whole story, which means excellent script, production and of course, direction. I rate it 10 out of 10! Everything is perfect, except for the unnecessary part regarding the older brother Si, which I was just to add extra episodes, which did not contribute to the overall development of the story. Bella Campen and Nattawat were a perfect couple.

  • Necitas Nekoodast| September 12, 2020

    This post script is to correct the name of Love Destiny lead actor, Tanawat Wattanaputi, which I misspelled in my previous email. My apology for the mistake.

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