Of course, it also prevented the husband from Things are quite different these days.Both husband and wife may work and even if he is the only breadwinner, it is not that common for younger Thai men today to hand over their entire salary to wifey.The more chivalrous amongst us might be aghast at the mere thought of the woman having to reach into her purse during a date.But Thailand is changing and Thai women are, as already explained, securing better jobs and earning more and more.
Things that would never happen in a relationship in the West occur, and you'll almost certainly scratch your head at some point wonder what the hell is going on!
But Thailand's growth, its relative economic prosperity, the urban drift and the opening up of the country to foreign interests has resulted in not just growing pains, but repeated misunderstandings between Thais and foreigners. Many of the Thai ways of doing things relate to aspects of the culture which may not be understood by the average Westerner.
Thai culture, or more specifically the Thai way of doing things, has had little influence from the outside and many of the things that happen are based on principles from the past, some of which may not be entirely valid in 2007.
He pays for everything, leaving him bahtless come the end of the month.
She has built up a nice little nest egg and refuses to contribute. While some Westerners speak of being unable to live on less than 200,000 baht a month in Thailand, such avariciousness needs to be balanced out by the fact that the vast majority of Thais consider a joint income of 100,000 baht a month an awful lot of money!