When I've looked at Thai in the past I've noticed that there is something different about the vowel transcribed as /ʉ/ or /ɯ/ when it follows certain consonants, especially /m/. The same goes for the diphthong which has that vowel as its first element. I don't think the difference is just that the nasalisation of the /m/ carries over into the vowel, but then I haven't been able to put my finger on exactly what it is. I've uploaded clips of two individual words to SoundCloud, in the hope that someone will be able to help. The spectrographs are below, in the same order.
Both clips have the diphthong - the fact that one has a coda changes the sound of the second element, but it's the first I'm interested in.
I've noticed by the way that Soundcloud cuts off the first part of a sound file when it's autoplayed, but it's all there when played manually.
Edit: I've been asked in the comments to suggest a phonetic transcription. For the first one, I'd say /phɯ̞̈a/, realised as [phɯ̝̈ə].
For the second one, the spelling would indicate /mɯ̞̈aŋ/, but the best phonetic transcription I could give would be [m?a̝ŋ] or even [??a̝ŋ]. The initial consonant does sound like [m] but there's something about the transition to the first element of the diphthong that is strange, and I can't rule out the possibility that this is to do with the initial.