When Chatchai “Sam” Panuthai turned up to a Mother’s Day event at his kids’ school, his unusual outfit choice certainly caught people’s attention. However, it wasn’t his intention to stand out from the crowd. In fact, he’d hoped to blend in for the sake of his sons.
Panuthai lives in Kanchanaburi in western Thailand. There he runs his own shop repairing tires on the town’s Sai Yok Road. But Panuthai has another job that’s far more important – and that’s being the best dad possible to his two young sons.
By August 2018 Panuthai’s oldest boy Ozone was five years old. Meanwhile, the youngest, Imsone, was just three. And Panuthai had been raising them single-handedly following a separation from the boys’ mother three years prior.