Many tourists who arrive in Bangkok become smitten with the many pretty Thai girls famous for their beautiful looks and friendly, carefree attitudes. Indeed, Thai women are one of the country’s most famous characteristics and thousands of them have married expats here or foreigners abroad. If you’re looking to meet Thai women, Bangkok is the best place to start, since many introduction agencies are based here, and thousands of single women registered with them are intent on meeting a Western man specifically.
Introduction or escort agencies
Like most things in Bangkok, introduction agencies come in many different shapes and sizes. There are many which try to hook up a ‘Thai Bride’ with a Western counterpart, and these can seem like nothing more than a shopping catalogue of potential wives - the whole ethos of this seems a bit ridiculous.
But some agencies have good reputations for trying to match the right people and helping them settle in together. They follow through with the whole process of visas, marriage licences, background checks, and more. Usually the brides in question will have signed up to the service as a way to try and get themselves out of an unhappy, poverty-stricken life, and there are plenty of lonely Western men waiting to whisk them off to paradise.
Although you could just as easily join a dating site, it’s difficult to know if the girl is genuine or not, so many prefer to approach one of these agencies. Most women will be living in Bangkok, certainly the more sophisticated ones. Usually both parties have to sign up to the introduction agencies and pay an up-front membership fee, which can be on a monthly, quarterly, or even yearly, basis - for those who anticipate spending a long time finding their future spouse.
If you feel that these aren’t quite for you then there are other options. You may just want to cut to the chase and contact an escort agency, where you will be connected immediately with a willing, friendly and professional Thai companion. The chances of these developing into anything more than companionship for the duration you’ve arranged is slim, and some people see these agencies as nothing short of organised prostitution; of which a portion are.
There are also dozens of online dating and introduction agencies, which vary greatly in their format, rules and online clientele.
There are global sites which have a significant number of Thai-based members, plus many are geared specifically towards Thailand and Thai people.
Lots of men meet Thai ladies in Bangkok with this method, though it gets tiresome dealing with members who don’t speak good English and have no character; usually they are playing several men simultaneously. Some online friendships can develop into much more, although of course you always have the typical online problems of never really knowing who you’re communicating with until you meet face to face.
Recommended introduction agencies and websites
Meet Thai Girls: Marriage / matchmaking agency for those who want to avoid anything sleazy and connect with a nice, respectable girl. Long-term relationships only here and no bar girls, as their site claims.
Sweet Singles: Deals with putting two like-minded people in touch and then the rest is up to you. They always seem to have a decent selection of nice girls who sign up.
Thai Love Lines: Professional site aimed specifically at Thai ladies and boasting thousands of registered members. Thai Love Lines has useful functions - it’s easy to sign up with an upfront charge and has a good selection.
Thai Friendly.com: Online dating in Thailand which lets you connect with Thai girls all over the country. Has thousands of members with messaging, chat, and webcam chat!
Thai Love Links: Online dating agency which will put you in touch with a prospective partner (online at first), with whatever else follows. A good way to make the first tentative steps from the comfort of your own home.
Thailand Friends: This huge online community has nearly 30,000 members, most of them in Thailand. Not strictly speaking a dating or introductions site, but some people sign-up for that reason. Don’t assume that everyone you see on the site will be interested in romance, as many members are either attached already, or simply use the site to find non-sexual friendships.
Tagged: Popular worldwide dating site that has thousands of Thai girls registered. It has an interesting function that helps match you with girls who have similar interests, and has plenty of women who are looking to make friends, meet for a serious relationship or simply try ‘anything goes’ with foreigners visiting Bangkok.