When people talk about Thai-Foreigner relationships in Thailand, for whatever reasons, they tend to talk about the bad and forget the good. There are always stories in the news about Thai women leaving foreign men with nothing but the truth is, many Thai-Foreigner relationships do work out.
For some reason, the interest in relationships is akin to the car accident on the side of the road. Everyone wants to slow down and take a look. What do you think sells more newspapers, Thai Woman Leaves American Man Homeless or American Man and Thai Woman Live Happily Ever? People take pleasure in seeing people or relationships fail, only to come back and emerge stronger. It is true that a good number of Thai women have taken foreign men for everything they owned. Sometimes the men are foolish, sometimes the women are greedy, and sometimes it is a combination of the two.
Sometimes, it is the foreign male who leaves the Thai woman in a worsened state. We rarely hear of this though. We rarely hear, 'She got half.' No, in Thai society, the wealthier party provides a lump sum payout instead of alimony and child support.
In this video, a man tells of his relationship with a Thai woman. By his own admission, the couple has had their share of ups and downs and communication breakdowns, but rarely is a marriage perfect. Rather than talking about the same old story, 'She broke my heart, she left me with nothing,' we hear about a man who has been in a four-year relationship. Although still cautious, he is in love and optimistic about their future.
Once in a while, happily ever after is better than drama.
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