In 2012, Panthong was granted a scholarship from Fund Isaan to continue her studies at Prasat Industrial and Community Education College. Panthong was 18 years old and had just finished her high school with a grade of 3.31 (83%). She studied Computer Business and dreamed of becoming a teacher in the future.
Panthong lived with a family of five people; her father, two older brothers, one younger sister and herself. Her mother died of illness when she was only nine years old. Her father was the only one who worked to support the entire family.