| Thursday 20th July 2017 6.10pm
Thai western relationships are on the rise in Thailand.They are also very successful
Research between 2011 and 2016 showed that not only was the rate of marriages between Thai women and Western men growing but that the median age was getting younger.
While the majority of Thai women marrying foreign partners are opting to relocate, there is also a groth in western men opting to live in Thailand. Younger men from Western countries particularly European countries are now opting in greater numbers to seek life or marriage partners from Thailand. This is happening as more Western men relocate to the Kingdom due to economic conditions. Many of these are availing of the opportunities in Thailand such as the low cost of living and pleasant climate to take early retirement.
Marriages between Thais and foreign men from Western countries are, by and large, also very successful when compared to marriage in Western countries. However there is evidence to suggest that divorce rates among older Western men and younger Thai women living in Thailand's North east are on the increase. On the other hand more younger men particularly from Europe are opting to marry Thai women on such a scale that some countries such as Sweden and Finland have launched government enquiries.
Some Thai women really value foreign men regardless of age and are interested in finding a foreign marriage partner. This is true. For some foreign men to Thailand this is difficult to accept as it goes against the grain of modern western culture which believes in true love and romance as the basis of marriage and successful relationships. Some foreigners to Thailand meet bar girls in the sex industry and more often than not, the resultant relationship is one of the many internet horror stories. But it is possible and indeed quite easy to find true love in Thailand if foreign men take some time to learn a little bit more.
ThaiLoveLines.com recommends that foreign men who use our dating site invest in some reading material on Thai culture and in particular stories of Thai women marrying foreigners. One very good book on this subject is Thailand Fever by Vitada Vasant and Chris Pirazzi.
There is also, as in other Asian countries, a tradition of arranged marriages in Thailand often taken care of by the Thai woman’s family. In Thailand, Thai women see no conflict in using their beauty and charms to find financial stability and ‘a better life’ with a foreign partner.
Additionally, some Thai’s regard lighter skin as a valued personal characteristic. This goes back to the old Thai class system. While most westerners would be horrified at this, in some respects some parts of Thailand are many years behind what is politically correct thinking in western societies. To illustrate this further, in Thailand it is somewhat acceptable in more traditional circles for men not to be monogamous and have mistresses. This is, of course, changing among Thailand’s emerging and more educated middle class.
The success of Thai-western liaisons in Thailand is highlighted by the fact that many of its superstars on TV and in the music industry are ‘Luk Kreung’ meaning half Thai, the result of Thai-western relationships.
So if you’re a foreign man thinking about a Thai partner, remember:
- Try to avoid the bar girl scene
- Read up on Thai culture
- Try to understand the mind set of the Thai women who are looking for foreign partners and suspend your own mind set just a little.
It is true to say that marriages between Thai women and foreigners can be quite successful. Recent Research suggests that they last longer than conventional marriages in the United States.
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