But when it comes to the younger generation, the simple fact of the matter is that if each earns a modest amount, there will be a need to pool their financial resources simply to make ends meet.

For Westerners earning a modest amount and dating a woman with a decent job, don't be shy to let her know that she may need to contribute.

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I don't want to pick on teachers here, but if you are earning 30,000 baht a month teaching and your girlfriend earns much the same, it would be nice if she chipped in from time to time.

I know of one couple where each partner earns a little under 40,000 baht a month.

In times gone by it was seen as compensation to the family of the woman for the cost of raising her, and the fact that the family would be losing a farm hand.

While a very high percentage of Thais are still employed in agriculture, the percentage of the population working the fields today is much less than it used to be.

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.

All of these women contribute in their relationships.

The friend was like a chaperone, there to keep an eye on the couple, to make sure that they behaved appropriately and to make sure she was not taken advantage of.

He pays for everything, leaving him bahtless come the end of the month.