'I think any western man thinking of marrying a Thai woman should do a little homework,' says Pat Dawson a feature writer for one of Bangkok's leading newspapers.
For many young Thai women this is likely to be true.Understanding Thai women in society is very important for anybody from the USA, Australia or Europe who intends to marry a Thai woman.It is generally not acceptable for Thai boys and girls to stay overnight together unless they are with others in a group.However, likely because of exposure to western TV and movies and also the internet, these norms are being broken, and young Thais now openly show those signs of affection that are commonplace in the west.Before marrying a Thai woman he says it is important that you understand the position of Thai women in society and her potential motives for marrying you.
While most Thai women will marry you for the same reason you are marrying her, and make fabulously attentive and loving wives, there are cultural differences that you should know about.
You might feel the same if you married a wealthy Thai woman.
The dowry, or sin sod, is an integral part of Thai culture and how love works in Thailand.
When marrying a Thai woman, the Western man should be aware of these norms and of the place held by Thai women in society.
Although young Thai girls in Bangkok and Thailand are getting a feeling of the Western ways from the media to which they have more access, they also believe that most foreigners are rich in comparison to themselves.
The dowry is today generally no more than a symbolic indication of the wealth of the groom, and returned in full, or sometimes in part, after the wedding.