Check out this New York Times story on Udon Thani, a poor farming village in Thailand where marriages between Western men and Thai women is so exclusive, it’s become an industry.
The husbands are predominately white men who are retirees and their wives are half their age. A couple of interesting observations:
- The hippie dude, who reeks of SPTM syndrome, who at the 3:12 mark, compares “Thai women to American women 50 years ago.”
- The first couple’s son, who looks like the Indonesian smoking baby.
I get that rural communities tend to have their own cottage industries when it comes to mail order brides. Three out of ten farmers in Korea actively marry overseas women from Cambodia or Vietnam. But this is interesting to see Western, mostly American, men who move to Udon Thani. Well, actually, it’s not too hard to fathom, because they take care of the wife’s family and they get served like kings. Not bad for a retiree who can stretch his pension exponentially in a developing country.
(Thanks to Kevin for the link)