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Why do foreign men like Thai women? Bibi, a vlogger for The Thaiger, went out to the Patong walking street in Phuket (before Covid-19) and asked foreign men “do you like Thai girls?”

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    Gosport

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Yes.

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    Mick

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Have you met the “average” American Woman these days?

    Western Women are entitled, overweight screeching harpies for the most part. All take and no give. Once a man realizes there are options…

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    Pasta Pasta

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Fun, feminine, good cooks, proper traditional values, good-looking. And for those reasons, I like Thai girls.

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Yeah, I echo that. They make way more effort to impress than the fat Farang girls that used to visit here. Have you ever noticed how Farang girl tourists in Thailand all look like clones of each other; gingerish hair, freckles, faded t-shirt, manly-looking shorts, money belt, unbranded backpack that looks cheap and stocky legs!!

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      Gosport

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      That is next interview, Do you like Farang girls?

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      Joe

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:22 am

      They look like big men with breasts.

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        June

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:26 am

        5555555

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    James Pate

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Maybe it’s because each and every one of them is so damn honest? Let’s give the interviewer something nice.

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    gigi

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    I propose an interview to anyone who has married a Thai woman

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      Grumpy John

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      11 and a half years together and 9 years married. Been good most of the time and when it’s not it’s a language thing generally. Some of the family can be annoying but you get that in the Western countries too. My first wife was a red headed Irish lass, the second an Italian girl and both were high maintenance, volatile and hard to live with at times. My Thai sweetie is laid back in comparison. I don’t think I will need a fourth wife…and after seeing how good she is in the kitchen with a carving knife…I decided a mia noi just wasn’t necessary!

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        Yimyai

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:22 pm

        Men don’t generally seek a mia noi for their cooking skills ?

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          Yimyai

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:24 pm

          But more likely this is fear of your wife’s particular skill with a knife acting as a very effective deterrent ?

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      James Pate

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:16 pm

      Mrs. Khun James No. 1 was smart, attended London School of Economics, No. 2 was drop-dead gorgeous and a mean drunk, No. 3 is none of the above, can’t cook or do housework for shit, has the fashion sense of a bag lady and thinks she is prettier than she really is. However, I can count on her and all of her family in any circumstances. In fact, didn’t fall in love w/ her until I met her parents and learned why she and her siblings turned out so well- good parenting. Mom and Dad worked hard in factories and put 5 kids through university! Yeah, an uncle on 1 side and an aunt on the other are worthless, but the immediate family is quite OK. We all have our reasons. These are mine.

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    J West

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Impoverished, desperate, three words of English, can’t talk back, what’s not to like? Considering our average loser Farang has never had a girlfriend because girls in his own country have choices. He can rent a girl in Thailand and pretend. Available Thai country girls get to choose between watching their families starve in a mosquito infested E’ssan rice paddy or “choose” an inept, social discard from Slobovia. Poverty is such a turn on.

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      Sedat Peker reıs

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Hahaha i dont like fat farang girls with ugly faces.
      So you can date them
      I choose beautiful thai women

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      June

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      My son married a thai girl for last four years.. They are very happy and very good and healthy relationship with eachother.. She have a very good relationship with us also..she love us,respect us and we also love her as our daughter..

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        Andre

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:57 am

        Did you ask him were he bought her?

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          bill

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:23 am

          andre is so stuped he doesn’t no how to spel were.

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            Roy Bowey

            Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:29 pm

            And you don’t know how to spell „spell“

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          lootarzoon

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:34 pm

          If morons would fly, Andre would be the squadron leader loser

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        Jan Schauseil

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:33 am

        Thai girls are not so hairy…

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      Jimmy D

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      Dude, they saw that virtue signal from the Space Station.
      Well Done, Sir

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      Boburne

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      Sounds like someone got bad experience.
      Relax mate all farang aren’t like you. Life’s short. As long as everyone’s happy in the couple, isn’t it the most important?

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      sam

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:35 am

      Just couldn’t go past your post without pointing out what a closed minded moron you are mate. Talk about generalisation!

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      denis

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:02 am

      Your view of Thai women is a bit short. In Thailand what you are describing exists but this is absolutely not a general case. There are so many different situations.
      Nowadays, many Thai women are educated, have good manners and can also support themselves financially.
      Your vision is one of the many “cliché” that still persist in the West about Thailand.
      But Thailand is changing … You should update your vision and stop looking at Thais with contempt.

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    John West… take your head for a shit bro!!!

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      He just did. 🙁

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      Rasputin

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:00 pm

      Well Jim, Mr West has got you, and your sort weighed up hasn’t he, LOL. All you need here is a few baht in your wallet. In Thailand, age, looks, weight and personality don’t come in to it (until the cash runs out) There is the odd exception out there, although I can only think of one that I know which has stood the test of time.

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        J West

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:59 pm

        The excuses are always the same…. “ She loves me”…..”Thai girls like fat old slobs”. It’s never the truth, never the fact that some sad pathetic lonely callused virgin is paying a distressed semi-illiterate who had to choose between starvation and a goon with a giant hole in his personality. No small wonder why Thai immigration is shoveling these turds out as fast as their visa expires.

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          Roy Bowey

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:47 pm

          Very good assessment J West.
          But what’s a „callused Virgin“ please.

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        Roy Bowey

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:34 pm

        Well said Rasputin.??

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    denis

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    This is really a weird question…
    I do not make a comparison between a thai woman and an occidental woman or an african woman. I do not have either any criterias list that makes me like or not someone. I just follow my feelings, my judgment and my reason. I married my thai wife for a simple reason : because i love her. No exotic or domestic reason…
    Crazy Youtube ! Ready to do anything to get some audience

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      June

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      Mr Denis U r absolutely right. I think love is the main criteria to mary some one. Whatever country she born.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Agreed, denis.

    I thought a lot more of the Thaiger before today’s two vlogs – hardly worthy of a “deep resource”.

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      Agreed. Depressing stuff, this.

      I wish you’d taken up the vlog job offer as suggested John.

      Now Thaiger readers are stuck with this…

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    Peter Nielsen

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Feminine.
    High sex drive.
    Warm, caring.
    Beautiful.
    Nice bodies.
    Respectful towards men.
    And I am just on wavelength with SE Asian people.

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      Karena

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      Not JUST men ! Thai people are respectful as a society and l have never come across ny Thail who did not treat me ormy family with respect, it`s in their culture.

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    dee lee

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    J West knows the reality ; All you old farangs are delusional if you think otherwise ; they would leave you in 5 seconds flat if you didn’t have $$$

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      Grumpy John

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:10 am

      Ha Ha Ha! Maybe you have listened to to many bar flies who married some deceptive, cunning and unscrupulous bar girl. My wife owns her own home in the village, 40 rai of rice and corn land, an 800 tree orchard on 12 rai other land and half share of a 1000 tree orchard with brother. Granted my pension is double what she makes in a year but she could get along fine without me! I am pretty sure she loves me but it ain’t for the money!

      PS: There’s a 200 talang wa block she owns just outside the village. She got the electric power connected and spent 60.000 baht on a bore so I could have my own garden. Neat huh!

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        Geoff

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

        Chick magnet, eh? There’s not many of us left.

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        dee lee

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:49 am

        Good for you , but you realize you are the exception , don’t you ? and BTW congrats !

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      Peter

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:19 am

      Because you fish thai girls in the girly bars of phuket and pattaya.
      Go out there and meet the real thai girls that have a decent job, social life etc. They don’t look at your money they don’t need it, they look at a man who will care for them.
      But of course with your fat belly and ugly face you can only fish in shitholes where the poor girl will only care about your wallet. Just remember that’s not Thailand, that’s “your” cheap and disgusting version of it.

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    thaiwomenrock

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    sweet, thoughtful, sexy, high sex drive. There are soo many beautiful women here. some have really nice butts, can sleep with the lights and YouTube on, none of the feminist crap western women have bought into.

    That said I refuse to marry, have kids, or live in the same house with any woman. They dont like that. lol. Oh well my house, my rules, dont like it, next…

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    Ron

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    They are the latina women of Asia ..hot!

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    So a young and pretty Thai lady walks up to you while in Thailand and asks if you like Thai women. What the heck do you think the guys are going to say!?! This clearly this isn’t cutting edge journalism. Honestly this could easily have been done in a way to generate interesting information. However, I’m guessing it was just fluff to begin with so why put in the effort.

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      James Pate

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:20 pm

      Yeah, would have been a different story entirely if the interviewer was some sketchy old foreign dude with a hidden camera.

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        EdwardV

        Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:33 pm

        Hyperbola much? It could easily have been done by nicely dressed slightly older Thai lady, or by a young Thai gentleman. You honestly don’t see a potential issue with a cute young lady with heart shaped sun glasses and a low cut blouse asking guys if they like Thai girls? Like I said it was clearly meant to be nothing more than a fluff piece, where you don’t actually learn anything. With that it’s fine.

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          James Pate

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:34 am

          Yes. The piece is merely for amusement. Love those sunglasses!

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          Joe

          Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:33 am

          You are such a correct fellow, maybe you should relax a bit?

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      Neil Leathers

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Yep. I’ll start reading The Daily Mail in UK if I want to see nonsense like this.

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    Remo

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Because if you are an ugly old man, unfortunately beautiful , young Western girls dont even talk to you unless you are filthy rich.

    So, your only choice is to come to South East Asia.

    Here it is a win win situation, you provide some revenue to the girl and her family, and she will live with you and take care of you.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Just think with the big head and not the little head. Some girls you marry, some girls you date and some girls you just screw. Same advice for women on men, gays and lesbians and same as anywhere else.

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    Andre

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Becouse they are cheap. How many european woman having a 20 year old fat bald man do you see walking around?

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    Highq

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Maybe next time select individuals with a little more intellect …

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    Chuck

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Thai cuisine, culture and religion is very appealing.

    Communication is quieter, less assertive, dominating and more humble but respectful.

    Honesty, respect and pride in each other Especially the elders is to be admired.

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    N.Barrett

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Basically they are easier to meet socially than in Scotland where i,m stuck howling to get back to my di di in Chumpae.

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    Ynwaps

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:22 am

    They don’t want you to change because you don’t want to change so who’s the one changing? ???

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    The0ne

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:41 am

    EU/Aus white pedophiles or those that can’t get it in their own nation coming to take advantage of Thailand. Yea, there’s a few good farang but that’s FEW. Most are pedo’s and aholes. Disgusting white people.

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      albert zweistein

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:45 am

      Ladyboy ?

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      Peter

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 6:05 am

      You obviously live in Pattaya or Phuket to have such opinion on “white people”.
      This is not Thailand darling. I’m a “white guy” living in Bangkok for 10 years, married to a Chinese, knowing tons of expats that live peacefully without being pedo, generating incomes, foreign devises and investing in this country. Investments and economic attraction that most probably make your salary at the end of the month and don’t be racist go to see the real Thailand far from the girly bars of walking street and bangla.

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      Geoff

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Calling people pedos for insult effect is sooo….yesterday. Try and think of something original. Possibly describe yourself?

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    sam

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:41 am

    Asking, “Have you had Thai girl before?” is so wrong. If you ask, have you had a Thai girlfriend before is fine, but “had Thai girl before?” implies have you had sex with one. Thai girls are not just pieces of meat.

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    olivier douche

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Not I dont like Thaï Women for too much reasons !!!!!

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    Irish Fatty

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:13 am

    Whilst we all know that a poor Thai woman will willingly accept being in a relationship with an elderly fat bald foreigner as long as they can financially support them and their family, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this at all. It is give and take both ways. Elderly foreigner gets to be with a young slim woman and reside in a friendly hot country with a lot more real freedom than in the West, young Thai woman gets financial security with the hope of their kids growing up to be anything but labourers. Most of the time the deep bond that forms is because both sides feel sorry for each other. In the West it seems they are more obsessed with the romantic notion of true love, which in itself is quite tragic and leads to a path of excessive suffering. So i say good luck to all Thai-foreigner relationships out there and may there be many more formed in future.

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      R. Bowey

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:48 pm

      About the most sensible comment out of 78 Well done!

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    TV

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:34 am

    3:29 “Farrang girls want you to take care of them” Yeah, Thai girls are very self-sufficient. They definitely want to take care of you and want nothing in return, just because they are so in love…

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    toby_james-Goodthaigirl

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:45 am

    You are asking punters if they like bar girls on bar girl avenue. What is so provocative about that?

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    not surprised

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:29 am

    They can come here and get what they want and they are cheap. See how many Thai girls go with tourists that have no money and how many fat old guys have 20 year olds with them. Probably not for their looks….The sex trade is the image of Thailand to the world.

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    Bubba

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:47 am

    The questions should be, #1 Why are Thai women fascinated by foreign men? and, #2 What and why are Thai men doing that’s wrong?

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    John_2

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:23 am

    The men who come to find women in Thailand are usually Libtard, BETA Male, Mangina types. With little real world experience – think the teacher from Greysville.

    They are creepy, wet, effeminate and unattractive – No self-respecting Western women would give these guys the time of day.

    Alpha males, at any age, on the other hand have no difficulty attracting and keeping Western women.

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      Joe

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:44 am

      Please note – John considers himself an alpha male(actually those are usually the biggest gays).

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        John_2

        Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:13 pm

        When your breasts are bigger than your girlfriends you shouldn’t really comment.

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    dee lee

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:36 am

    If the age difference is greater than about 10 years and the farang is over 50 ,that farang needs to ask and answer 1- how many times a month do you take your wife to a white tablecloth restaurant where just the wine is at least 1,500 baht and 2 – how often do you rent a car and go on a trip to some resort for a few days and 3- how many times , before chinese virus , did you go together on a trip to singapore , hong kong or your country ? Now if the answers start with the letter N , congrats , you don’t have a wife you have a cheap servant; But if you are happy …..

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    Wayne C

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Bubba hit the nail on the head.

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    Mike G

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Thai women are different from the average American women.I have been married for 23 years now. Up & Down thru good and bad, she still stays with me…loves me and tries to make our life together better. An American woman would have been gone long ago. Thai women, the good ones, measure a man’s soul and stay if he has the willingness to learn from them.

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    Craig

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Interesting. Thai women are rather uninteresting to me. I think many Farang like Thai girls because they were unable to find love where they came from and having more than $100USD means a lot to some here. I don’t think finding “true love” is possible here but if it works or has worked for you, more power to you.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Because it’s easier to laid of course…….haha…….Don’t take my comment too seriously guys, I know there’s many reasons, I just can’t think of any right now…….haha

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    Ben

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    The environment in Thailand creates a scenario where a western guy, with no game at home, all of a sudden has game. Or a guy that has a little game all of a sudden has a lot of GAME. If this same environment were replicated in Sweden or France or Korea we’d all love their girls too.

    Everyone has something about them that may be attractive. It could be beauty or a great personality or kindness or money. In Thailand the formula is a guy with some money and a girl with beauty and youth. This recipe creates attraction because of the environment. It’s a win-win situation.

    In the west no normal 20 year old beauty would even consider hanging out with a 60 year old guy with a beer gut. 20 year olds don’t have posters of 60 year old guys with beer guts on their walls. That holds true for western or Thai girls. Guys that understand this will have less heartbreak.

    We can all delude ourselves in our own fantasy world but the main reason why old western men have game with young Thai women is economic.

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      James R

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:10 am

      Ben

      Thailand is no different to any western country, an old guy can buy a young girl if they have enough money in the west, they just need a lot more than they do in Thailand.

      That does not mean all western women can be bought, just as it follows 99% of Thai women can not be bought.

      Look at the real Thai society and not what goes on in the very small part of Thailand which is where the prostitutes hang out looking for old guys and there money.

      Most Thai women marry Thai men, they are nearly always about the same age.

      Most farangs guys on holiday do not come across real Thai society as they hang around in girly bars where normal Thai people do not go.

      The Thais laugh and look down on the girls with older farangs, they know it is for money, they laugh at the old men too.

      The funny thing is the old men seem to think it is normal, it is very funny especially when they end up crying into their beer after they have bought a house and a car and the young girls has run off with it all.

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        Ben

        Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:49 am

        James R, I agree with everything you’ve said.

        The 60 year old western guy with a beer gut has no chance with a normal 20 or 30 or 40 year old Thai woman. I have a female friend that works for the Thai government and comes from a well to do family. I wanted to go into a western style beer bar and she refused because she didn’t want to hang out in a bar with bald 60 year old western guys with wife-beaters and tattoos. She said they were “creepy”.

        Thai men and women love white skin. It’s kind of the opposite of western men and women who value a tan. The Thai’s are ok with any western guy who dates dark skinned women because they don’t want them anyway. They laugh at the young good looking farang who is fawning over his new dark skinned beauty. So there are two reasons why some women look for western men.

        Yes you can have this situation in any country that has economic challenges. The Philippines, Cambodia, Brazil, etc. In Thailand it’s so much easier if that’s what you’re looking for and you can pay the freight. And yes it’s getting more expensive because the Thai’s are getting wealthier as a nation.

        I’m just being a straight shooter with you. You may not like what I’m laying out but it’s generally true. And again James R, I agree the vast majority of Thai women aren’t any different than women in the west-they have to courted and wined and dined and it’s not a transactional situation.

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    bill

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    sounds like ‘ben’ has no ‘game’

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      Ben

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:56 am

      bill, you’d be right if I was a fat farang loser from the west.

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    Terrence Copperfield

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Mark Wiens has a Thai wife

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      Ben

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:23 am

      Mark Wirns has game.

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    Tori123

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Thai women who have money and support themselves are assertive as much as western women. Thai women in those tourist parts must looove money to service those type of men on the film. They don’t send a lot to their family 10 percent. The rest spend on themselves, hair, make up, clothes

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    James Pate

    Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Interesting comments, but many of you guys are just over-thinking this. Life is about how well you negotiate,bargain, what you bring to the table and how long you want to sit at the table. Striving to be pierced by Cupid’s arrow is a bit naiive and adolescent.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Farang men in Thailand, in my observation, usually go along with a 10%, 80%, 10% distribution regarding Thai women. That is to say about 10% of farang men (usually burnt badly by a Thai woman) absolutely dated only other farang, citing language, religious and cultural understanding. Conversely about 10% of farang men I knew (usually burnt badly by a farang woman) absolutely only dated Thai women, citing subserviance of Thai women, attractiveness compared to Western women, loyalty, cooking and sex skills. About 80% of farang men I know in Thailand fell in the middle, taking whatever came along that was willing to bed them…

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    Simon

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:46 am

    What an idiotic question. Not only are the responses idiotic but the arrogance of Thai, especially women in assuming that foreign men like Thai women is off the scale. To think that such a sweeping statement could be true is stupid.

    If you step outside of your bubbles you’ll find that most foreign men do not like Thai women. In fact they prefer women from their own country. Because most “foreign men” are IN their own country and have no interest in Thai women. When asked most prefer Chinese/Japanese/Korean anyway.

    It seems this way because the men that do actually like Thai women find their way to Thailand. Mostly for cheap sex. How many young, attractive male Westerners do you see with Thai women? Not many.

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Local Phuket transport and provincial officials are AGAIN trying to tackle the island’s notorious taxi and tuk tuk ‘mafias’, after another passenger complained of being ripped off. The island has a long history of extortionate transport costs for local taxis and tuk tuks, giving Phuket a poor and infamous reputation for over-priced transport and rude drivers.

Efforts to attract travellers back to the island, after 9 months of almost zero international tourism, hit another speed bump this week after a domestic traveller posted a complaint on social media, claiming she was ripped off by a taxi driver who charged her 200 baht per kilometre. Her complaint mirrors thousands of complaints received by local transport authorities and a long list of similar stories on TripAdvisor and social media over the years.

On average travellers in Phuket can expect to pay 3-5 times the fares charged by similar services in Bangkok. Even the online services like Grab have been forced to match their prices to the local, highly inflated rates around Phuket.

Posting on social media on December 7 the traveller wondered if the rate she was bring charged was normal.

“Is it the normal rate. I thought I was in a taxi in a foreign country.”

Her post kicked the provincial governor into gear and forced transport officials to respond. She was travelling with 2 others and 3 items of luggage, according to her post.

Phuket’s governor Narong Woonciew says that he’s had ordered local authorities to contact the disgruntled passenger to check the details in her social media post as well as provincial transport authorities to check and make sure local taxis follow the official rate.

Phuket’s long history and issues with the local tuk tuk and taxi mafia have been a thorn in the side of provincial and tourism officials who have been powerless to counter the cabal of local families who control the system and threaten any new players, including state-sponsored buses, from providing any sort of competition. The Thai government and police have also stepped in and been similarly driven out of town, impotent against the gangs and ‘big money’.

Local business people and tourism operators believe the comments from the governor and provincial transport officials, and their promised ‘investigation’ are just paying lip-service to the passenger’s woes and, as usual, little will change.

The problems start when travellers step off their planes and are confronted with little choice other than the private taxis and meters that rarely work, despite the law stating that all registered taxis must use a meter. Many of these taxi meters are also doctored and have been turbo-charged to tick over must faster than the legal kilometre rate.

Another high profile case was in July 2019, when 2 Australian tourists filed complaints at Karon police station when a passenger van driver charged them 3,000 baht to take them from Phuket airport to a hotel less than 50 kilometres away.

The official rate sets the taxi fare at 50 baht for the first 2 kilometres, 12 baht for the 2nd to the 15th kilometre and 10 baht for the 15th kilometre and beyond, according to the Bangkok Post.

Meanwhile, Phuket’s governor invited domestic airlines to increase the number of flights to Phuket. There are currently 60-70 flights per day, down from 300 flights before services were grounded at the start of April. Even so, there are still spare seats on the local flights, according to Thaiger staff who travel regularly between their offices in Bangkok and Phuket.

Phuket’s international Airport terminal remains closed at this time.

A few other posts from TripAdvisor (there are also plenty of good experiences listed on the site too). We advise doing your homework before jumping into a taxi or tuk tuk in Phuket.

• “Don’t be fooled by the desk at the exit from the airport! They are coordinating the prices and taking too much money!
Go to the main entrance of the airport and pick up a formal taxi on your own! Will save you a lot!”

• “To say this was the worst services I have ever expirance is to put it lightly. They charge a flat rate for all destinations, and as we were heading to Kata Beach, we thought that was fair. Absolute disaster.

The cab didn’t want to take us as we were a long distance, and tried to bundle us in to a joint cab, even though we had paid 1000 tbh, for a private car. After 20 mins my wife went to the ‘controller’ in the cabbie hut and he closed the window on her!!!

After an hour, and several attempts to get into cabs and get our money back, we went and got the airport police to help us, and the cab company quickly gave us a refund. We got in a meter cab within in minutes and it ended up being cheaper.”

• “Tuk Tuk drivers charge tourists more than they charge locals, this is disgusting. One of the most boring things in Patong is being harassed by Tuk Tuk drivers every second they are in your face saying Tuk Tuk Taxi, I have no idea where they think they are going to take you, they seem to think everyone wants a Tuk Tuk all the time. If you want to go to Phuket town take the bus its only 30 Baht.”

• “My friends and I agreed on a price with the driver. Then halfway to our hotel he pulls over and asks for more money. We said no so he kept going. Then he pulled about 2 or 3km still to our hotel and tells us to get out. We argued with him and then gave him the money as he was so rude and wouldn’t take us the rest of the way. We had to pay for another tuk tuk to take us the rest of the way. A few days later we thought we would give them another chance and he dropped us in the middle of nowhere. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCES!!!!”

Thailand’s taxi and tuk tuk scams and annoyances

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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