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I find it boring talking to my Thai girlfriend. Is this normal?

Reader’s E-mail

I have been dating a lovely Thai girl in Surat Thani for 6 months now (I teach there).  However, I have to say I find it really boring to spend time alone with her talking. Is this just me? Do other people feel the same? Does this mean that there is something wrong with our relationship?

Reply from Thailand Life

This all perfectly normal at the beginning of a relationship between a Thai girl and a Western man. You have nothing in common, language barriers, and no common cultural reference. This does not, however, mean that you cannot have a lasting and fulfilling relationship.

Things to Talk About On a Date With a Thai Girl

The longer you spend together the more the barriers will break down. Some suggestions to help you on your way:

  • Take an interest in her friends and family. This will always give you something to talk about.
  • Consider some kind of joint project or venture such keeping a cat or dog.
  • See if you can start going out in groups. Do you know other Westerners with Thai partners? If so make the effort to go out together as often as you can manage. This will stop your girlfriend feeling as isolated from the other aspects of your life.
Look For The Positives In Your Relationship

Relationships between Western men and Thai girls are never going to start out, or perhaps end up, the same as relationship between people of the same cultural background. This comes with the territory and you have unrealistic expectations if you think differently. You need to grasp a hold of the positives and work to reduce the negatives. Rather the same as any successful relationship except that the compromise takes unusual and unexpected forms when you are a foreigner in Thailand.

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