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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 10:27
Jonathan Fairfield

Farang husbands providing massive boost to Isaan economy

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As times have changed and are changing more rapidly everyday, I think fewer Issan women are looking for a farang husband, just farang money. There are many more options open to them now than going to Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket etc. Farangs are not the target for all the new subdivisions and vehicles being sold. Thailand is a far different country than it was when the CIA, US Marines and then Air Force came to Udonthani, or Udorn as it was known then. Some of those guys are still married to the women they met here. As far as money spent, every satang I get is spent right here and while it may not be all that much by US standards, it far exceeds the requirement for visa extension. Personally I don't think that study was all that accurate, close maybe.

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I'm pretty sure this 'study' has been done regularly over the last 20 years with exactly the same conclusion. I always thought this university was supposed to be one of the better ones outside Bangkok.

What's the problem with repeating it ? Single studies can throw up abnormalities whereas repeated studies validates the results. Government spending is usually based on trends resulting from them.

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One of the most successful agricultural products of Thailand are woman.... and they are grown at very little cost, parents work for low wages, little education, etc.

Foreign currency coming in at no expense, one of the explanations for the strong Thai Baht

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Very interesting.

These figures are huge!

I wonder what Isaan would be like without all this funding from Farangs?

Isarn would have 50 % less Pick-up Trucks, 10 % less family houses with solid roofs and walls and people would probably get excited to see the first man made ice cube.

We have in our village at least 60-70 new pickups but only one farang contributed to a pickup but not far from us is a village with around 20 houses and yes the farang bought a pickup on finance in his wife name on 7 years.

We farang are in a minority and we contribute maybe 0.5% to the economy in Isaan in terms of marrying or living with a lassie from Isaan.

The university should put a study up of how much the hookers from Isaan contribute to the economy of Isaan and we could easily reach 300-500 billion Baht per year. Those are the driving force of the development of Isaan.

150,000 hookers x 3 clients a week at 3000 Baht is 1.3 billion Baht plus a week is over 70 billion Baht alone in 3 clients per week plus all those multiply sponsors, sinsod, houses etc

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Very interesting.

These figures are huge!

I wonder what Isaan would be like without all this funding from Farangs?

In the older study the numbers were in the region of 4-6Billion Baht a year for Issan alone.

5bil/yr / ((10k/mo)(12mo/yr)is around 42000 wives in Issan. blink.png

I'm not buying the numbers.

I think the funds into the economy is significant.

Esp since there is no cost to the funds

(cost here meaning economic costs)

But "massive"? no,

Significant? Definitely!thumbsup.gif

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Time for Thailand to shape up and treat farangs from countries mentioned at least with some dignity and give them proper visas like their wife's received in their home countries for their valuable contributions. Further numbers suggest a massive import of more farangs are good for the economy. PM should promote it. Thai men especially in Issan soon have to import wife's from neighboring states on large scale or shape up or interesting consequences are coming in a generation or two. Not think so though as can't see much longer than their short noses... 5555555!

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Thailand obsesses about its tourism industry but the best possible 'tourists' are the ones who settle in Thailand.

Yet very little is done to accommodate them and they are made to jump through futile hoops on the immigration front eg the 90 day reporting procedure which serves no useful purpose. A more sensible requirement would be for residents to notify if their place of residence changes.

Nor will they ever get secure immigration status and are always at the discretion of the authorities. This study points up the significance of this group to the local Isaan economy which is so neglected in government planning.

The report seems to imply that the farang marry an Isaan girl and then invariably take her home which of course is not true. I wonder what is the split between those who stay and those who go.

Andrew Hicks.

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If it wasnt for the farangs,i reckon there would be no-one in issan,they would all be begging on the streets of bangkok

thats not true, they might be actively seeking remuneration in pattaya instead of passively receiving it in Isaan

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Time for Thailand to shape up and treat farangs from countries mentioned at least with some dignity and give them proper visas like their wife's received in their home countries for their valuable contributions. Further numbers suggest a massive import of more farangs are good for the economy. PM should promote it. Thai men especially in Issan soon have to import wife's from neighboring states on large scale or shape up or interesting consequences are coming in a generation or two. Not think so though as can't see much longer than their short noses... 5555555!

They do already. We have several Isaan guys in our village that marry a Laos girl and the sinsod was 10,000 - 15,000 Baht.

Last weekend a rich Isaan guy from Bangkok married an Isaan girl from our village for 1.2 million Baht and 10 Baht gold so slowly Isaan men are pulled over the edge because the good looking ladies are gone with guys from out of the village or foreigners and the farmers have a problem to raise the cash for their future wife's. The issue has to do that daughters will often inherit the land their parents will transfer to them and they have to go out of the nest and build their own nest.

I would like to add I have always been respected for the past 3 years in Isaan and had never had a problem with any Thai government in the past 24 years. I always found them easy to deal with them. About the land of some house in Nakon Nowhere I really don't care as I have my condo in my name in Bangkok and hold shares of my companies overseas in my name.

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"Farang husbands providing massive boost to economy in Isaan" it's true, otherwise how Thais could have money ?

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Gosh...I hope the young women of Isaan do not hear of this study...there could be a run on single farangs to act as personal bankers to payroll the family...that would be awful...

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Very interesting.

These figures are huge!

I wonder what Isaan would be like without all this funding from Farangs?

Including the money spent in Pattaya

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