Common Problems with a Thai Girlfriend

Common Problems with a Thai Girlfriend

Many single men come to Thailand with the intention of finding love. Most would agree that Thai girls are beautiful, but as hot-blooded Western men, it’s essential to appreciate the significant cultural differences between us. These differences often lead to frequent problems with your Thai girlfriend, usually caused by misunderstandings. Here are some things you need to understand:


### Do Thai Families Come First?

This is something very different from the West, as many Thai girls (even as adults) still live with their families. Often, once you are married, the Thai girl will expect you to live close to her parents or at least have a house in ‘the village.’ Families often require emotional or, more frequently, financial support, and you and your Thai girlfriend will be expected to provide this. If there is a problem, the family will come first. In some cases, if you have a child with your Thai girlfriend or wife, “family” will then include you and your child.

### Language Barriers

This is a common problem, even with Thai girls who speak excellent English. Due to the complexities of the English language, some things get lost in translation due to misunderstandings with grammar or vocabulary. Make sure you speak slowly and try to keep the language you use as simple as possible—certainly until you have gotten to know each other better.

### Losing Face

This is one of the most frustrating aspects of Thai culture for many Westerners. In essence, this is a Thai person’s complete inability to admit that they have done something wrong as it will “make them look bad” in front of others. To avoid “losing face,” they will often resort to lying about the smallest things. As you can imagine, this is the cause of many arguments between farangs (foreigners) and Thais.

### Cultural and Religious Differences

Thais and Westerners have a very different general outlook on life. Thais, as a sweeping generalization, live for today, whereas Westerners prefer to plan for the future. Elders are always respected, and this must be remembered. Always remember to ‘Wai’ someone older or in authority regardless of how much you disagree. Failure to do so will again cause embarrassment for your girlfriend.

The King of Thailand is highly revered, and the Royal family cannot be criticized by law, so this is something you should be aware of. While you may feel that you are simply expressing an opinion, your Thai girlfriend will be hugely embarrassed and uncomfortable, which can cause friction. Thailand is a Buddhist country, and Buddhist beliefs play an important part in day-to-day life. This rarely causes problems but is something that you should be conscious of.

### Is Money Important?

Money plays an important part in Asian culture, and that is no different in Thailand. It is frequently spoken about in day-to-day conversation, and financially supporting someone is very important. Indeed, if you can’t ‘support’ your Thai girlfriend, she is likely to end the relationship rather quickly.


###Tips for Navigating These Differences

1. **Cultural Sensitivity:** Take the time to learn about Thai culture and traditions. Showing respect for her background can strengthen your relationship.
2. **Learning the Language:** Even basic knowledge of Thai can go a long way in improving communication and demonstrating your commitment.
3. **Patience and Understanding:** Be patient and try to understand her perspective, especially during conflicts.
4. **Open Communication:** Encourage open and honest communication to address misunderstandings and build trust.
5. **Respect for Family:** Show respect and consideration for her family’s customs and needs. This will not only help your relationship with her but also with her family.


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