What are families like in Thailand?

Family and Children

Members of the family (even adults) are usually expected to abide by the advice of their elders, although this is becoming less true with time and modernization. Thais have great respect for their parents and the elderly. Families usually have two or three children. A family's youngest daughter inherits the parents' home. In return, she and her husband care for the parents in their old age.

Dating and Marriage

In Thailand, girls have traditionally led a more sheltered life than boys, but this in no longer the case. Boys and girls generally have equal access to society. Although western style dating is popular in Bangkok, it is not as common in rural areas. According to tradition, if a boy wishes to marry a girl, he must first become acquainted with the entire family and make himself agreeable to them. He then sends his parents to the girl's family to make his wishes known. The groom traditionally pays a bride price to the bride's parents as "compensation" for raising her. Some parents later return the items or cash to the couple as a wedding gift.

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