Interested in dating a Thai woman? There are certain guidelines that a man should consider before pursuing a potential love interest.
Thai culture places a strong emphasis on traditional values that most Westerners deem ‘antiquated.’ Customs and conventionalities govern the expectations of Thai women, so it is important to understand the dating dos-and-donts before initiating a courtship.
Below is a compilation of 10 dating tips to consider, as taken from the Thai for Love infographic (viewable at http://www.thaiforlove.com/thaidatingblog/thai-women-dating-tips/)!
1. Avoid Substance Abuse
A lady in Thailand will probably be looking to make sure that you do not have problems with drugs or alcohol, as these are somewhat rampant problems in Thailand. Women in Thailand want a man who exercises self-discipline and self-control. She’ll expect you to take the occasion seriously, and dress nicely.
2. Play it Smooth
Make sure not to be seen as too aggressive to the Thai female. It is generally viewed as counterproductive to show aggression in the Thai culture. It is considered a display of ignorance and lack of courtesy to show your volatile emotions publicly.
3. Be a Gentleman
Thai culture is ingrained with traditional roles, and dating is certainly no different. In recent years,Thai women – typically between the ages of 19-27 – are generating an equal-or-above income to men, and have been known to take the initiative of proposing a date. Though this is perfectly acceptable in the contemporary dating scene, it is still wiser to be cordial, respectful and extend an invitation to your woman of interest.
4. Make an Effort
Thai women appreciate men who take pride in their appearance, and prefer men who sport fragrant scents, like cologne or mild aftershave. A Thai woman is conscientious of presentation, so ensure that you are clean, well-groomed and dapper on the eve of your date!
5. Use Restraint
Thai women are not comfortable with bold, suggestive comments. If there is a strong chemistry between you and your date, exercise composure and let things unfold naturally. As Thai women prefer traditional courtships, an aggressive man is likely to deter her interest.
6. Avoid Sexual Topics
Sexual banter is not tabletalk etiquette for Thai women, and should be avoided at all costs. Thai women are embarrassed to discuss intimacy on a date, so steer clear of inappropriate remarks that could sway your date’s opinion.
7. Be Realistic
Thai customs are very formal, and “meeting the parents” is not something to take lightly. In Thai culture, marriage proposal typically follows suit once you have met a Thai woman’s family. Culturally, Thai women are only encouraged to introduce a man whom she is expected to marry. Also be aware that if you intend to fly out a Thai woman to meet you, her family will also expect marriage.
8. Make Arrangements
The location in which you take your date speaks volumes to a Thai woman. Avoid bars and clubs at all costs; these environments demonstrate little effort and thought on your part, and makes a Thai woman feel undervalued and cheap.
9. Avoid Insult
Cultural differences may often lead to comments that are taken out of context. Avoid remarks or jokes that may confuse or insult your date, as Thai women do not appreciate any perceived insult. In particular, it is wise to avoid rude comments about Thailand as a country. Realistically, how can your Thai date see potential in a man who is naive enough to berate her culture?
Dates are supposed to be enjoyable, so ‘sanuk’ (have fun!) A Thai woman is not asking much by expecting her date to appear genuine, sincere and courteous, as these traits are ideal for any date! Respectfully relish the moment, and take it from there.
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