Dating foreign women vs american women
The survey is one carried out as part of a biannual survey into marriage between American men and Thai women, but according to Thai Love Lines, 'the only down side is that we are also observing increased levels of divorce among couples like this in Thailand itself.' Many young Thai women have seen the American dream on TV and the movies, and have a desire to become part of that.
They have also seen other Thai women who have found themselves an American life partner and want the same for themselves.
The two live in an upmarket air-conditioned home, which like many western homes in Thailand is an oasis of opulence surrounded by the poorer houses of their neighbours. Davis: 'Thai women are a lot like women in America were 50 years ago," before they become "strong-headed and opinionated.' Many American men grapple with the decision to seek a wife from a foreign country and come to Thailand intent on finding 'an honest relationship,' the vast majority are aware there is a financial motive to the desire of many Thai women to marry American men.
An American, John Forder who works with a UN funded programme in Thailand's North East describes this approach as 'healthy'.
It is important that American men carefully assess their reasons for taking a Thai bride, and the reason why young women marry wealthy American retirees.
Many of these men are divorcees or widowers, who have found it quite acceptable in Thailand for older men to marry young Thai women without the social stigma that may be attached in the USA to marriages between people of significantly disparate ages.
They are retired and have been unhappy in their previous relationships, and are hoping that they can settle down in a more stable relationship with a beautiful young Thai woman.
For many Thai women, on the other hand, the arrangement is more of a financial one. These Thai women, often with a history of being involved in Thailand's infamous sex industry, marry men such as American retirees much older than they would normally dream of marrying for economic reasons and to escape their fate.
They also find that their retirement income goes a lot farther in a country where the cost of living is relatively low.
A Thai Love Lines survey has found that of 340 American men who had found a Thai partner, 67 were planning to settle in Thailand within a year.