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But if a foreign husband abuses this position or crosses the line, it's not very good at all.But really most America men who come here to live are gentlemen in particularly the ones that are better off.' It is perhaps significant that many of the men who decide to settle down in Thailand have been divorced, sometimes more than once, and are not necessarily seeking a more subservient wife but simply a better emotional attachment.It is important that American men carefully assess their reasons for taking a Thai bride, and the reason why young women marry wealthy American retirees.However, not all such marriages are for the wrong reasons, and the vast majority endure in spite of the potential problems.They also find that their retirement income goes a lot farther in a country where the cost of living is relatively low.
'And I kept those pictures in my mind, and I made a wish that one day I would like to be one of those ladies.' Now she is - in theory.
Howard from San Diego, a Thai Love Lines member who now lives in Chiang Mai with his Thai girlfriend: 'Sure, some relationships don't work out, I often think my own relationship is too good to be true but overall, it's a good deal for us guys and the Thai women.
I meet many wonderful couples who have been together for decades here, I don't see this very much at home anymore.' Commentators have attributed the problems to a conflict of reasons for the marriage, and partially due to cultural differences.
'The first thing to understand is that there are financial motives behind the trend but beyond this there is a lot more going on.
Many Thai women are genuinely attracted to American men and want to be part of American culture.
In addition to pressure being placed on marriages because of problems raised by familial financial obligations, many Thai women do not always take kindly to being regarded as having few rights in their marriage.