Dear Mr. Mallon,
I found your videos very informative. I actually skipped dinner as I was more hungry to learn about your experiences of living in Thailand with a Thai wife and children.
I very much like your brutally honest approach. It is refreshing to see! THANK YOU!!
I am very much considering to not only live in Thailand (Bangkok) but also to marry a Thai woman.
The reason I am considering Thailand is that I have friends who are retired living in Phuket. Both are married to Thai ladies and like you, they have two children each. They are very happy and would never leave "paradise." I love tropical settings, the sand & sun, swimming, Thai food and a woman with dark hair. Do you think I am going to the right country. :)
Originally, I too wanted to live in Phuket but the women that I am in contact with live in Bangkok. They are different career wise but are all very smart and intuitive. They range from a school teacher, a nanny, a government office clerk to a business owner. All seem to be real and diligent with their careers and most of all their family centered orientation with traditional views about marriage.
I do not know much about life in Thailand other than what I have heard from friends, books, TV, movies and your clips.
Let me flash back for you. I was married with a woman for 16 years and together for 21 years. Many wonderful years and memories. No children because she could not bare any. It was in the last 5 to 6 years of our relationship that I noticed a change in her. Many things happened but needless to say, there was much hardship. She became depressed and I put everything on the back-burner. She survived but our marriage did not. She called it a thing of the past. OK, fast forward, so now I am in the process of selling the house and moving on with my life.
I have heard about living in Thailand for about 1,100 USD/month and about men losing their life savings on the wrong woman.
I have an understanding about how life works but limited knowledge about life in Thailand. I have a desire and passion about my life in Thailand and my future wife who will be a Thai lady. For many years I have been living life to take care of others and it is time to take care of me as well.
I thank you in advance for any and all information that can shed more light and insight.
My plan is to go to Bangkok, meet the ladies and see which one will be my wife, rent an apartment and see how I acclimate to my new surroundings.
My concerns are:
1) Dowry to the family. What is expected?
2) Marriage in Thailand. What forms and legalities to know?
3) Scams and crime against Americans if any.
4) What do you know about the Thai woman's mind set with American husbands?
5) I've been told that the fathers and families are open minded but what is the likely reality with their feelings towards farangs?
I hope your project is moving along and that your knowledge can help many!!!
Your clips have been a big plus in understand the road ahead! Much appreciated!
Thanks & All the Best,