Western women in Thailand have an entirely different take on life there. Because the media has created an image of beautiful, promiscuous Thai girls married Western women often hesitate to move to Thailand. But, as Nancy points out in the video below, there’s no need to worry or delay.
Thai women are like women everywhere: naturally conservative and strongly integrated into their families, which play a much bigger role in their lives than families do in the West. Thai parents have the last word on all important decisions in the children’s lives until they are fully independent with families of their own. Even after that, they will always be consulted on everything of importance.
Thai mothers do not want their daughters to be bar girls any more than Western mothers do. Since there is still a staggering level of wealth disparity in Thailand (slowly improving) there are poor rural and ‘tribal’ girls whose parents could not afford education for them and who are left with few employment opportunities of any kind. Their English is almost non-existent, even their Thai is often limited, and they are employed to get money from customers who frequent bars. They are desperate to get out and will say and do almost anything to escape their situation. No Thai man will have them. They are close to the bottom of the social order. Some men marry them and make happy marriages. Some don’t.
Thai women are so strongly integrated into their culture that few survive long abroad. It’s a general rule that, after 3 year in a foreign country, a Thai woman will begin to wilt, like an orchid torn from its tree.
There is a thriving women’s culture in Thailand; much stronger than in most Western countries. It may be partly because their men are such chauvinists and philanderers. But Thai women hang together and enjoy each other’s intimacy for hours every day. I love to hear them cracking up as they chat to neighbors in the cool of the evenings. Usually over a cold beer and nibbles.
As you can tell from what Nancy says on the video, Western women find it easy to plug into the Thai women’s culture, which is thriving. You can too. We’ll introduce you around.
More Reading About Western Women in Thailand
- Thailand can afford equitable social welfare – It’s election time in Thailand and most parties have now adopted “populism” as their main campaign strategy. Puea Thai seeks… … Mr. Damage, I doubt it is the welfare state which created the financial crisis in the west but the contrary. in my opinion it is the gready banking sector, which redistributed billions and billions if not trillions which have to be paid by others now, …. Sri Ranjani Mei Hua reviews a book dealing with experiences of women in Southeast Asia.
- A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too » Successful Thai … – Women and men learn to read, write and speak the Thai language. – Successful Thai Language Learner: Andrew Biggs. … A Woman Learning Thai… and some men too ;-). Expat making her way through the Thai language …
- Letter to Thailand – ANU College of Asia and the Pacific – Some may think that the thought of a highly Westernised and Western-educated Thai, living abroad, becoming king is absurd… But it only takes a moment’s reflection to realise that things don’t always turn out as planned.
- Thai Girls Are Now Thai Women | Thailand Musings on Thai Visa – Furthermore, is it really any of your business how old Western men and their Thai brides are? Because Western men generally ignore Western women in Thailand, this embitters Western females and creates a backlash to try …
- “Writing is such a lonely life” – Interview with Anette Pollner, leader … – Of course we also ran into the stereotypical prejudices voiced by some men including the bizarre idea that western women in Thailand have no love life. I suppose this is connected to the fantasy Thailand that some people live .
- Is it wrong to visit indigenous Thai Hill Tribes? – Where Sidewalks End – Thai hill tribes are villages of people with varying indigenous decent, mostly refugees that have migrated from neighbouring China, Tibet and Myanmar (Burma) over the past couple hundered years. Comprising seven major tribes: Akha, Karen (including “Long Neck”), Hmong , Yao, Lisu, Lawa, and Lahu, … Karen Hill Tribe woman wandering through her village. I even have heard a much more graphic, and somewhat derogatory term. “Human Zoo!”. Hmmm, hearing …
- Review of Buddhist Fury – ANU College of Asia and the Pacific – This book explores the relationship between religion and violence in far southern Thailand, where Buddhist monks are a marginalized local minority…