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The unspoken requirements

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I’ve been off the radar for almost a month now so it’s taken me a while to get come back and write this.

When the wife brings home a 2-month-old kitten, you tend to exert all your energy into making sure that two-month old kitten doesn’t get run over by a car or bike. Because here in Thailand the pets stay outside.

But now that the excuses are out of the way, we can finish this. To get married in Thailand is not hard, it’s just frustrating because the hoops that you have to jump through. But like I explained first part, it is just part of the process here.

Today I want to talk about the second part of getting married here, the unspoken part, which is the ceremony the dowry all that.

  1. The first step in this adventure is obviously the proposal.
  2. Thai women and families prefer gold over rings. It’s part of the ancestry as part of having Chinese influence in their cultural history.
  3. So decide either to buy or bring a traditional ring, or a necklace or the third option which you have to do anyways is gold.
  4. When I say gold is pretty much not in a negotiable it’s because when you go to ask her parents for her hand in marriage you have to present gold bars and maybe a gold necklace or two as a representation of your wealth.
  5. You will need to have a relative or friend older than you or someone to vouch for you so that when you do the official marriage proposal you can have them present your dowry and gold on a tray to them to her parents or whoever represents her families interests.
  6. On the topic of dowries, which is not going to be cheap. I, for instance, took a loan out for 200,000 baht, plus gold.
  7. When you propose to her family be ready to get married that day, Thai families are under the assumption that when you ask for their daughter’s hand in the marriage, you want to get married that day.
  8. So having said that, make sure before you ask her family to get married that you have everything planned, the money saved and ready.
  9. Traditionally the dad and mom want to go to the temple and be blessed by a priest so you’re gonna have to get the traditional garb and by her traditional garb and a wedding dress as well.
  10. This is can end up costing you quite a bit of money so think about what you do before you do it. If you’re lucky you might have to buy her a new house and a car on top of giving a dowry. So in the end, if you’re lucky you might end up spending 200,000 US
  11. My advice is to make sure you have a prenup in place in Thailand with a reputable attorney and also have the same in your language and in Thai. Have the prenup kept with an attorney in your home country.
  12. If any children are involved make sure there is an agreement in the prenup as to what happens to children, because Thai women and High Court always side with the Thai spouse. This being one-sided and all.

Having said all this, it’s worth it if you can find a woman who is faithful and enjoys your company this is required but you know that you have a family you’d be better off getting life insurance so in case anything happens to you your family to be covered. And of course also get health insurance because here in Thailand think it’s expensive it’s not as expensive as other places of health insurance you can in trouble quickly.

This is not required, but you know that you have a family now,  you’d be better off getting life insurance so in case anything happens to you your family to be covered. And of course also get health insurance because here in Thailand, think about it’s expensive. It’s not as expensive as other places of health insurance, but you can in trouble quickly without it.

Having said all that, enjoy your upcoming nuptials and happy life guys.

Check out part one here.

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