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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Thailand

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: August 2014

Solo living has become a significant population trend all over the world in the past few decades. It is especially common in large cities or towns in developed countries. More and more people choose to live alone due to modern work styles and financial independence which has enabled them to choose the life style they want.  One important reason for choosing to live alone is to seek the feeling of freedom, independence and peace of mind.    

When moving to Thailand as an expat you may not have a choice but to live alone. If this is the case, the beautiful scenery,  friendly people, and the exotic foods will help to make you feel comfortable. Furthermore, there are more and more foreign expatriates living in Thailand. Finding people in a similar situation will not be difficult, especially if you are living in large cities such as Bangkok. There is always plenty to do in Thailand and the larger cities have a vibrant nightlife. Travel is also easy as it is only a short trip to neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, China, and Vietnam.

If you want to find a loved one in Thailand, general advice such as never being later and dressing nicely is important to know. Pubs and Bars are popular choices for meeting a potential partner, although the general view is this is not a good way to find a long-term relationship. Dating websites have become popular in recent years and can be a useful tool if you do not have much spare time. There are many dating websites providing services for people based in Thailand. You can search online to find some of the larger dating websites

Different dating websites provide services that cater to particular needs.  Many dating websites give you suggestions based on the best match between certain shared characteristics of you and your potential other half.

Normally, you need to register yourself and create a profile when you using their services. You may need to pay for the use of these services in most cases, although some dating websites do offer free services. However, before you submit any personal information, make sure you have a fully researched the dating website.

You may need to buy credits, which can be called Stamps, to see others’ profiles. Sometimes you will also be required to subscribe to the websites and pay different fees according to the length of your subscription. Be aware that some members are only interested in your stamps or your money. 

The online dating scam has become a serious problem all over the world. This is usually when a fraudster will befriend someone with the sole intention of scamming them out of money. If you find the people you are in contact with ask you to give the money for any reason, you might be encountering an online dating scam.   You can find some dating tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’.

If you do find or you suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and stop paying any money to the fraudsters. You can report them to the Royal Thai Police nearby. If it’s an emergency, call 191 or 999.

 

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