Connect with us

Other News

Aussie pays Bt40mn ‘boybride’ price

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

Aussie pays Bt40mn ‘boybride’ price | Thaiger

PHUKET: An Australian man wed his young Thai boyfriend in Chiang Mai yesterday, forking over 40 million baht in “boybride price” to the man’s family for the privilege.

The traditional ceremony took place at the Chiang Mai home of Mr Chaiyanon “Un” Worasilp, a 27-year-old from Chachoengsao province, whose first name is unfortunately translated by the on-line Google Translation service as “Mr Bologna Repository”.

The groom, 60-year-old former Qantas Airline executive Leigh John Pleasance, was all smiles as he showered his young spouse with a non-binding dowry of cash, land and diamond and gold jewelry valued at 40 million baht.

He sold his home and other belongings in Thailand in order to buy the luxury home with swimming pool where he will live with his betrothed, he said.

Mr Chaiyanon, who has since graduated, said he chose Chiang Mai because he liked the relaxed lifestyle there. In keeping with the northern locale, both bride and groom wore traditional Lanna wedding attire at the ceremony.

The union was approved by friends and relatives on both sides, who turned up in proud support at the couple’s home in a housing estate in Doi Saket District.

The couple first met while Mr Chaiyanon was working in a Thai restaurant in Australia to help finance his undergraduate studies in advertising in the Land Down Under.

He said he decided to accept the marriage proposal last year, three months after the pair began dating.

While the marriage was approved by relatives on both sides, it could be a long time before the couple can legally register the union: the governments of Thailand and Australia do not recognize same-sex marriage.

While change in that regard could be a long time coming, the Thai custom of paying a dowry to the family of the bride has apparently been better able to keep up with changing times.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Tourism17 mins ago

Bangkok’s 2 airports prepared to welcome international travellers

Drugs1 hour ago

Alleged launderer for drug kingpin arrested, 70 million in assets seized

Thailand News Today3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | PM tells the media to ‘chill’, Large hospital flooded, Woman dies after Vax | Oct. 21

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

World3 hours ago

Vatican launches Click to Pray 2.0 app to encourage prayer

Events4 hours ago

Full Moon Party attempt Saturday muted by Covid-19 restrictions

Crime5 hours ago

Court rules “Jo Ferrari” suspect died of deliberate suffocation

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand5 hours ago

Thai Comedy shows, Lost in Translation, Thai embassy | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 43

Phuket6 hours ago

Governor says income distribution essential to Phuket recovery

Crime6 hours ago

Woman arrested for alleged social media accounts hack scam

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Covid-19 Thursday: 73 deaths, Medical care, vax data fudged

World7 hours ago

Global Covid-19 recovery efforts will have lasting impact on climate

Bangkok8 hours ago

Police say they have enough evidence to try woman who cut rope

Thailand9 hours ago

Hospital makes plans to move patients due to flooding

Thailand9 hours ago

Local researchers in Thailand develop rapid antigen tests

Thailand9 hours ago

Covid Protocols, Beauty pageants, Women dies after vaccine shot | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 114

Thailand1 month ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism8 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism8 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending