Araya is Eurasian or Luk khrueng, her father is British and her mother is Thai-Lao. Because she was born in Thailand and her mother is Thai, Buddhism became her religion. In primary education, she studied at Kanmanee school, and graduated from Badindecha school in secondary education. She graduated from Rangsit University with a Bachelor of Arts.
She rose to fame in 1998 after winning a beauty pageant, Miss Motor Show Contest, and soon became a household name on her hit lakorn or Thai soap opera. At the age of just 17, her first acting role was in a Lakorn by the title Pleng Prai, produced by Channel 7 in 1998.
Apart from acting, Araya is a model. She received FHM Sexiest Actress in Thailand Awards 2007-2010. She is known as a fashionista and High Fashion Queen. She has also an ambassador for L'Oréal Paris and a regular guest at International Fashion Weeks and at the Cannes Film Festival. Later she was a brand ambassador for fashion magazine L’Officiel Thailand at the Shanghai International Film Festival.