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It is intended as a gesture of honor to the Thai bride's family for bringing her up well.
The dowry also signifies that the groom is able to look after his bride financially.
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'It wouldn't hurt to start by looking at Buddhist culture,' he says.
When marrying a Thai woman, the Western man should be aware of these norms and of the place held by Thai women in society.
Although young Thai girls in Bangkok and Thailand are getting a feeling of the Western ways from the media to which they have more access, they also believe that most foreigners are rich in comparison to themselves.
It is generally not acceptable for Thai boys and girls to stay overnight together unless they are with others in a group.
However, likely because of exposure to western TV and movies and also the internet, these norms are being broken, and young Thais now openly show those signs of affection that are commonplace in the west.
The average dowry you would expect to pay for an educated young woman would from $3,000 - $10,000, though some ask for up to $30,000 and more.