Thai Brides using the internet to meet life partners on Thailand's largest dating site
Often seen as submissive and down trodden, today's Thai Brides are showing that they are brave young women grasping a better future.
The term Thai bride is now a bit past it. The expression Thai bride was, in the past, associated with mail order brides. Thai women have a creditable reputation worldwide for being excellent wives. This has not changed. What has changed is that Thai women are now using the internet to find both foreign and local life partners. Thai society has also change and Thai women also. The Thai brides online today are more likely to be determined young man making a conscious live decision to find a foreign or local life partner online.
It is thought that the mass emigration of Thai women to the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam war began the trend of western men travelingto Thailand to meet Thai women and find marriage partners quickly and conveniently. These were the original Thai brides and they were often found by Western man with the assistance of agencies or middlemen.
At this time, the same trend increased as German men found Thai women to be suitable partners to work on farm and landholdings while German women were too engaged in German's post war economic miracle which demanded more women workers. Many of these Thai women helped each other to find partners in Germany and helped German men find Thai brides. It should be noted that Thai brides, up to the arrival of the internet were looked down upon by Thai society while working hard to establish themselves in their adopted country.
The internet has changed the phenomenon of the Thai Bride. Now Thai Brides are Thai women who are taking advantage of the internet to find international relationships with eligible men all over the world on their own terms. In one survey, contrary to international norms, it has been shown that 72% of those online in Thailand are Thai women.
The levels of emigration of so called Thai brides to foreign countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland , Finland, Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland has exploded. The internet has been the key to this has it has allowed Thai women to make instant contact with not only local men online but foreign men all over the world. The internet has also increased and facilitates more world travel and increased globalisation.
Today's Thai brides are likely to be educated, often third level, have work experiences and can speak English, French, German, Dutch or some other foreign language. On the other side of the scale there are many would be Thai Brides who do not speak a foreign language or have a high standard of education. These Thai women are using the internet to find a better future online. There have been reports from Australia, Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States of vulnerable Thai Brides being abused or ill treated. This has prompted the Thai government to establish response units at its embassies and consulates throughout the world. It has also meant very strict screening regulations being implemented by visa authorities in these countries. Even in countries where it has been reported that Thai brides are vulnerable, government authorities have reported that the vast majority of marriages between Thai brides and foreigners are successful. One government report in Finland explicitly recognised that most marriages between Thai brides and foreigners are happy while divorce statistics in the United States show marriages between Thai Brides and American men are more successful than most marriages in the United States with significantly lower divorce rates.
In many instances Thai Brides have not only found foreign husbands but also established businesses abroad giving employment in their adopted countries. At least two documented cases of men who have made their Thai Bride on ThaiLoveLines but who now work for their wives in Australia and the United States. This is not surprising as surveys have also shown Thai female executives to be No.2 in the world second only to women from the Philippines In most cases, these are Thai women who have decided to find a foreign partner and to make a life ways from Thailand where economic opportunities are better and where Western men are seen as more faithful and dedicated partners. This may not be always true but the proliferation of Western media into Thai culture has brought about this movement.
It should always be noted that while the numbers of Thai women who immigrate to foreign countries is truly staggering and still growing, that this is still a very small percentage of Thai women in Thailand. Most Thai brides are still happily married to Thai men in Thailand although the numbers are at such a level that most Thai women are aware of the trend. Many of Thailand's educated generation of women are also very interested in foreign cultures and it could be said that the 'opening up' of Thailand has really only begun with the internet age.
ThaiLoveLines.com is Thailand's biggest internet dating sites. Launched in April 07, it already has over 200,000 members and the reason for this is that ThaiLoveLines.com provides an innovative dating and matchmaking service.
What makes a Thai bride according to conventional wisdom? Thai women much like women all over Asia have a keen sense of femininity and maintain 'old fashioned' and more traditional views towards marriage. This does not mean that Thai women are 'submissive'. It would be more accurate to say that Thai women are more respectful of Thai culture and values handed down through generations regarding personal relationships between men and women. However most Thai brides are realistic, pragmatic and want to make a success of their relationships. One of the key values of Thai Brides is a sense of responsibility for the success of their marriage with their husbands.
Now Thai women, through the power of the internet are exercising control over the lives to meet not only foreign (farang) life partners but eligible Thai men also.
If you are a foreigner interested in find your Thai Bride on Thailand largest internet dating site we recommend that you forget the term 'Thai Bride' and look behind it at the culture and makeup of Thai women in today's Thailand and around the world.
ThaiLoveLines.com provides a modern and innovative dating service including:
- Our Make a date facility online allows members to arrange online dates to chat on one of our internal services.
- Meet your Match – Enjoy reviewing thousands of beautiful Thai women while also being in the process of ‘meeting your match’. This is an online matchmaking process.
- Send flirts, emails, Skype messages and use a range of chat facilities.
- Develop your own social network online.
- Photo Galleries
- IM Chat & Skype
If you are looking for a Thai bride, welcome to ThaiLoveLines.com, this is the way to find her.
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