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Thai Friendly Full Review: Better for Hook Up or Relationships?

By JD / February 16, 2018

Price

A single month subscription is $24.95

Profiles

1000's of profiles, many of which are active. Most members are not looking for a serious relationship.

Security​​​​

No PPL scam to worry about. Not a lot of bots either. Just watch out for the occasional ladyboy

Allows Direct Contact?

Yes

Summary

Thai Friendly is much more of a casual dating or hookup site. The site is not designed or intended to be used by members looking for a serious relationship. 

There may very well be some honest women on Thai Friendly but having to sift through the working girls, casual daters, and occasional ladyboy hardly seems worth it. 

The site is easy to use and pretty affordable for an international dating site. Still if you're serious about finding a long-term relationship, you should probably look elsewhere. 

If you're looking for a little fun or adventure on a short visit to Thailand then this is probably the site for you.

Is Thai Friendly right for you?

If you're looking for something serious: No

The site itself isn't designed for serious relationships. It's set up as a pseudo social network, and there's not much emphasis placed on personal information outside of age, location, and photos.  

Overall Thai Friendly has a light, fun, and social  feel to it (think hook up).  With so many users there are probably some sincere women who might consider something serious, but by and large this site is used by men and women looking for novelty.

The strong presence of bargirls and the option of ladyboys, show that this is probably not the best place to connect with women for a long-term relationship.

If you're looking for fun: Yes

If you find yourself in Thailand and are looking for a bit of romantic/sexual adventure, then Thai Friendly is an obvious choice. Casual romance and interactions are the main purpose of the site. 

With over one million members there are thousands of women online at any one time. Foreign men also receive high response rates from ladies. 

Features

Thai Friendly is a bare bones dating site. It provides the absolute minimum amount of features to facilitate communication between foreign men and local Thai women. 

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. The site's simplicity fits well with its purpose: to provide an easy way for members to communicate with each other. 

Basic site features

On Thai Friendly you can upload a photo, fill out a profile of essential information (name, age, location, physique, education, children, etc). Interestingly enough marital status is not included in the profile information. 

The site lets you express interest, send messages, and text chat with other members (how often you can do so will depend on whether you have a premium membership or not). 

There's also a very basic search feature that lets you browse profiles by the profile information entered by the other members (age range, location, height, weight, etc). 

In site translation

One nice feature on TF is that the site will automatically translate messages between Thai and English. The translation may or nor may not be a step or two above Google translate, but it's definitely better than nothing. Other sites typically charge extra for this kind of feature.

App

Thai Friendly also has a mobile app

TF is also available via mobile app. The simple site structure carries over well. The mobile version retains the same functionalities as the website. 

Overall it's just as easy to use, if not more, than the regular site.

You can download the app for free for Android or Iphone.

Profiles

Due to the site's design, branding, and the functionality of its free features; most its members are interested in casual interactions (be in online or in person). There's also a fair amount of working girls on the site, and the occasional ladyboy (though Thai Friendly does a fairly good job of keeping ladyboys on a separate part of the site).

There's definitely non of the glitz and glam of traditional PPL sites.  Most profiles on the site are selfies or look like they were taken by a friend on a phone. 

Pricing

Free subscription

Thai Friendly has two subscription/membership levels: free and premium. With a free account you can upload a profile, browse the profiles of other members, and send messages (but you'll have to wait 10 minutes in-between messages). Also the free level doesn't allow you to search by age, location, etc. 

Standard Subscription (Free)

Available features

  • Free messaging (wait 10 mins between each message)
  • Basic search 

Premium subscription

The premium level is available in different monthly subscription options (listed below). The more months you purchase upfront the cheaper the price is per month. A premium subscription will allow you to send unlimited messages and filter profiles using the advanced search features. 

A premium subscription will also allow you to browse other member's profiles anonymously, while allowing you to see who read your messages or looked at your profile. 

Premium Subscription

Available features

  • Unlimited messaging
  • Advanced search 
  • Privacy settings
  • Profile & messages listed above free members
  • See who read your messages & viewed your profile
  • check
    Searchable lists of who is interested in you

Join for 1 Month

Join for 6 Months

Safety and security

Site allows direct contact with members

Thai Friendly is built to allow its members to contact each other directly. After paying the monthly subscription fees there are no other costs for using the site. This means that there are no PPL scams on the site. 

You are free to take communication off of the site if you so desire. 

Lack of bot messages and fake profiles

Upon signing up for Thai Friendly you'll notice a conspicuous absence of automated bot messages and fake profiles. This is rare for many dating sites (not just international ones). 

A note about scammers

The classic romance scam is common in the Thai dating scene. If fact it's almost a virtual guarantee if you become romantically involved with a bar girl. Many a man has written a Thai lady he's never met only to find out her family buffalo died or her father needs money for an operation. 

While the profiles on TF may be genuine, that doesn't me the person behind it is. For better or worse Thai Friendly attracts a lot of members because it's so easy to sign up and use. There's not much if any screening going on (other than weeding out ladyboys), so you should exercise caution when communicating on the site. 

As always stick to the Commandments of International Dating, and watch out for red flags

A Closer look

10 Warning Signs Your Thai Girl Isn't a Good Girl


Ladyboys

If you're talking about dating in Thailand, you have to acknowledge the presence of ladyboys. For the most part Thai Friendly does a decent job of keeping ladyboys on a separate part of the site. However some do inevitably slip through the cracks. 

What other people are saying about Thai Friendly

"ThaiCupid is pretty big but it’s really expensive to use. Plus, most of the women are looking for long term relationships and marriage. Most tourists won’t be spending a ton of time in Bangkok so I recommend using ThaiFriendly because it has a more sexy, fun vibe to it."

Tarik Pierce //  expatkings.com

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 Chris

"Thai Friendly which is the second best dating site in Thailand allows you to send and receive messages for free. (albeit you can only send 1 message every 10 minutes).


The problem I've found with using Thai friendly and is that because guys can send free messages the girls (particularly) if they are in high demand get so many messages it's impossible for them to keep up.


 Have you ever messaged a girl only for her to reply and then never reply again? This is because your message gets so far down unless she goes digging for it she ain't going to find you.


The answer to this? Join Thai Cupid because only paying guys can message therefore the girl whom you are messaging gets fewer replies and is more likely to stay in contact with you. 


Don't be a cheap ass it's not even that much if you buy the yearly membership which I guarantee will pay for itself."

Alternatives to Thai Friendly

Thai Cupid

If Thai friendly is the most popular Thai dating site in terms of numbers, Thai Cupid is right behind it. 

Thai Cupid overall costs more than Thai Friendly, but the price tag helps weed out less sincere members. On Thai Cupid you're a lot more likely to find genuine Thai women who are looking for a long-term relationship. 

If you're looking for something more serious than a hook-up or casual encounter, Thai Cupid is your go to site for connecting with women in Thailand.

Dream Connections is an American based company started by the American/Ukrainian couple Mark and Ana Davis. Dream connections offers tours in Bangkok, Thailand; as well as in Ukraine and Colombia.

If you're serious about meeting a Thai woman for potential marriage then Dream Connections may be the route of choice. 

The company is unique in that they function more like an introduction/matchmaking agency than a romance tour agency (which is good because I don't trust most romance tours). 

Each tour has about 15-20 guys and up to 90 or so local ladies. The company screens both men and women for relational intent and basic background information. 

They also feature a unique system where each man has a personal translator/personal assistant for the trip. The dating starts off with a series of short speed dating sessions after which men are free to contact interested ladies and go on dates apart from the group. 

Conclusion

If you're into the Thai hook-up culture and nightlife scene then Thai Friendly is the ideal site for you. However we don't recommend the site if you're serious about finding a long-term relationship. 

The whole site is built for casual romance and you'll be hard pressed to find  women looking for something serious. There's also too many working girls to justify the cost of membership if you're looking for a relationship. 

About the author

JD

Founder of FWHL. When JD's not writing articles he's probably practicing his Russian or trying to play AC/DC on his guitar.

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