Why Foreign men retire in Thailand and marry Thai women

Thai women from Bangkok and Thailand seek foreign men to marry

Did you know that relationships between foreign retirees and Thai women date back to the 1960’s and 1970’s during the Vietnam War ? Cross-cultural relationships thrived during that period due to Americans setting up bases in the North- East of Thailand area, which prompted soldiers to fall in love with local Thai women. This trend continued even after the war ended when foreign men chose to drop anchor in Thailand and marry Thai women.

Why are foreign men choosing to retire in Thailand ?

There are several reasons for this increasing trend after so many years:

  • The overall cost of living is much lower as compared to other major nations. You can buy or rent properties at low rates, spend more on necessities, and still manage to save a tidy sum in your bank account.
  • Tropical weather and amazing beaches at certain places provide ample opportunities for recreation.
  • Last but not the least, the prospect of meeting Thai women greatly appeals to them. These women are known to be classic beauties with strong cultural and traditional values they dedicatedly follow. Being conservative is viewed as a huge plus for a woman to be considered as marriage material.

Why marry a Thai woman ?

As discussed above, Thai women are passionate and place great emphasis on morals and values. Several studies have been conducted to find out why foreigners prefer Thai women, and 7 out of 10 participants claimed – they want their wives to be independent and think freely, but not like women belonging to the western culture as they are “too open-minded”, which can cause problems in a marriage. The quiet and docile nature along with their beauty are extremely attractive traits that men prefer.

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Why do Thai women like foreign men?

Although stereotypes have been dealt with, most people claim that Thai women get hitched to foreign men due to financial reasons. It is a known fact that Thailand isn’t that economically stable, which gives rise to the assumption that women reciprocate the affections of foreign men more out of needs than actual feelings. Yes, there is a certain class of women who hail from less affluent backgrounds and are looking for permanent solutions when it comes to financial stability and a better lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean their feelings aren’t genuine. However, a majority of Thai women get into a relationship because they crave for respect and don’t want to be trapped within the confines of a rigid social hierarchy. Infidelity is a problem with most Thai men, which naturally doesn’t sit well with the women.

With cultural diversity increasing, it remains to be seen if the prospect of cross-culture marriage will be viewed more favorably or be totally shunned in the future.

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