The 25 satang dowry


Dear Hillary,

How many times do I have to read about dowries? The most recent was 300,000 baht for a woman previously married and with one kid. Come on, this is 2018, not 1018. You only hear about dowries from the poor folk in the north-east who can see an opportunity to get some Thai whiskey out of some poor, besotted idiot. Village weddings are not even accepted in Thai law, so why would you waste 25 satang on this nonsense. It is not a Thai custom today especially while the Thai government pushes for Thailand 4.0.


Dear John,

You are so right, Petal. To all you males out there, if your GF suggests a dowry is the next step in the wonderful relationship, start running, while saying “Thank you Hillary (and John)”. If there is something I would like to be remembered for, it would be for stamping out dowries. Unfortunately there seems to be a never ending supply of foreign males with too much money and a never ending supply of young ladies from the Isaan area willing to take on the onerous task of liberating the foreign male’s wallet.