Thai Friendly has over 2 million members, making it one of the top two dating sites to find a Thai date.
In terms of the number of members online at any given time, it is arguably the most active, and brings together a diverse mix of women:
From the young and bubbly “good-time girls”, to the students looking for something casual but supportive, to the 30-40 somethings looking for romance and adventure – it's all here.
But is it worth you joining?
I trialled a 1-month membership, courtesy of the owner, James. This review details my findings and thoughts.
Let's get started.
Historically, TF was considered more of a “hook-up” site, and judging by some of the profile pictures you can see why.
But the sheer number of members has seen it evolve into so much more than that. It's a very active community.
Indeed, I noted that many of the girls are quick to separate themselves from the freelancers and “good time girls” by stating their intentions on their profile (see the profile later down the page).
The site also used to get some flack for the number of ladyboys on there. But as the site developed, a filter was provided so that you could better select your match and exclude the third gender.
Moreover, the numbers have reduced since the emergence of the website myladyboydate.
I was actually surprised at the percentage of women seeking a more serious dating experience/relationship.
I found a lot of genuinely sweet women on there who had conservative dating intentions, so to speak.
Indeed, as you'll see later on, there are a number of success stories reported from members who have dated and in many cases gone on to marry women from the site.
But sure, the hook-ups are there if that's what you're after.
ThaiFriendly – Pros & Cons
Here's a quick summary of the pros and cons. if you want the finer details, read the text below:
- 2 million members. I estimate over 300k women
- Free to sign up & upload pictures
- Super easy to use (non-tech-savvy friendly)
- Free account: send messages immediately
- Instant messaging available on Premium Plan
- Can use the app once you register on desktop/laptop
- Limited search filter functionality on Free plan (age only)
- Can only send one message every 10-mins on Free plan
Minimal, Simple, Easy to Connect
You'll note that Thai Friendly has a rather independent/amateur appearance, which, despite its success, it has never evolved from.
It is no frills.
It may look a little unprofessional around the edges, but with 2 million members, who cares?
The concept is minimal, simple to get started and easy to connect.
I'd rather this than widgets, banners, and links everywhere, which always makes it difficult to browse on mobile and tablets.
I totally get why the owner has kept this design and not really changed much over the years; because it makes it accessible for all.
There are women on here from all levels of educational background, and some may not be very good when it comes to navigating websites like this.
And there are men on here who, let's say, aren't quite part of the “digital generation” and like many of the girls favor the plug and play style.
3-Minute Sign Up
The sign up process took me under 3 minutes. I received an SMS to my phone, tapped in the code, filled out some details on my profile and voila! I was able to search away.
I was glad to find none of this ‘dating compatibility testing' that takes hours to fill out, and ends up matching you with unsuitable matches, anyway!
If you've ever used Match or eHarmony you will know what I mean.
Perhaps the simplistic approach has its downside because you don't get as much information on a person as you'd like, but at the same time, that would probably put a lot of the women off registering: Thais don't like to give away much personal information too quickly!
So on a positive note, you will hear from all sorts of women, but on a negative note you there maybe a lot you don't want to hear from 🙂
But hey, it’s all good fun, especially when you’ve nothing to do of a evening.
How to Create a Thai Friendly Account
TF gives you two ways of registering.
- Facebook login
- Phone number: SMS or WhatsApp confirmation.
Again, it is another sensible call by the owner, because Facebook is huge in Thailand and most Thai women use it 24/7.
Having this login mechanism means women can login and get going very easily.
I opted for the SMS activation, as I'd rather not login with my FB profile. Though there is no automatic posting to your account or anything of that nature – it's just a really easy way to get started.
Once you login, you can start filling out your profile. Then start sending messages. Simple.
Note that on the free membership messaging has a time restriction: you can only send one message every 10 minutes. I'll outline the Free vs. Premium limitations below.
Searching for a Date
The *search filters let you search by the following criteria:
- Female, male, ladyboy
- Age (18-80)
- Education (no education, elementary school, high school, college, Bachelors degree, Masters degree, PHD)
- Has photo (y/n)
- Currently online (y/n)
- Show members within a certain distance from specified location
* Search filter is restricted to age only on the Free plan.
The search results will return pictures of your matches along with three key bits of information: username, age and city. Click on the match and read the profile and look at the pictures.
Once you identify a match you want to chat with, on the free account you can send a message immediately, but have to wait 10 minutes to send another.
If you upgrade to premium you can send unlimited messages and use instant chat.
Here's a profile of my ideal date, though I don't match her criteria :). In the interest of her privacy I didn't include her pictures.
Thai Language Feature
One really impressive feature is that the TF lets Thai girls sign up in Thai, and then via translation software helps them communicate in English with you, if you don't speak Thai. How cool is that?
This means you get a lot of women on there that you wouldn’t find on other dating sites.
However, it also means you get plenty of women who can’t communicate well in English, so you might ask well what would you do if you actually met up?
Cross that bridge when you come to it!
Thai Friendly Pricing
It's free to register and there's no obligation to go for a paid membership, but of course there are benefits.
The premium membership pricing structure hasn't changed in about 5 years or so. It's flat rate, pretty reasonable and certainly competitive:
- Option A: $24.95 – per month
- Option B: $49.95 – 3 months (save 33%)
- Option C: $69.95 – 6 months (billed once only, save 53%)
- Option D: $119.95 ($9.99/month, billed once only)
Free Vs Premium Membership
- Fill out your profile and upload images.
- Search Restriction: use ‘age' filter only.
- Restricted Messaging: once every 10 minutes.
- Unlimited Messaging: Send messages and post comments with no limits
- Advanced Search: Search by newest members, height, weight, children.
- Control Your Privacy: Offline mode: hide your profile to non members.
- Receive More Messages: You will feature higher in search, above free members.
- More Information: Know who read your messages and viewed your profile.
Is it Worth Joining ThaiFriendly?
In a nutshell, yes.
I really enjoyed using the platform. It's just so easy that it makes it fun.
It has more of a community vibe than other Thai dating sites. Women do interact.
So many times we hear about dating site experiences where people get zero messages or decent matches. That won't happen here.
The community of women on there are open to chatting and generally polite and friendly.
It is pretty obvious that many members are on there just to shoot the breeze and flirt a bit sometimes. This is fun, though, as there's always someone to strike up a conversation with.
I find that on average there's usually around 5,000 members online, but it depends on the time of day.
Consider your time zone when logging on, as most female members might be asleep when you're awake – at least the good girls anyway, hah!
If you're looking for a date when in Thailand, TF is a very good option.
My Personal Experience of Thai Friendly
Firstly, let me say I am usually overwhelmed by the amount of girls online whenever I log-on.
You've seen my search results picture above, and the profile of one of my matches, so needless to say it is pretty encouraging.
Because I have the premium membership I was able to chat immediately, and it wasn’t long before I connected with some lovely women, a couple of whom may have been more interested in my wallet :).
Are the Girls Genuine?
I’d say 20 percent of the girls I have chatted with over the past month are bargirls or freelancers working an angle, but the majority are genuine and up for dating, perhaps with a view to more.
Those are pretty good statistics.
And let’s face it, even if you do end up hooking up with a freelancer, if that’s your thing, it’s a whole lot easier and more discreet through Thai Friendly than it is trawling bars and discos.
Like all dating sites, it takes a little work and not every date is successful.
TF, In a Nutshell…
Thai Friendly is fun, period. It's easy to get going and easy to use.
One I thing I would say is sign up using your desktop computer first, it's much easier.
The app is a bit of a pain to register on and get your profile started. Start by registering on the desktop site first and once you have everything sorted you can download the app if you need to.
Look, you might not meet the love of your life on TF, but if you’re single then Thai Friendly is a fun adult playground to take a shot in the dark and see what happens.
TF is a pretty big pool, so stick your feet in and see what happens!
In my experience there's some really great women on there, many genuinely looking for a decent man to have a relationship with.
You can have a profile registered in literally 3 minutes, and you'll definitely get to interact with some women very quickly.
Go for it!
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