and at one time that would mean settling for a less attractive girl because the best looking ones would likely have better options!
Thankfully, times are changing and being seen with a Westerner has less of a stigma attached to it these days.
The reason why this is the case is because many local people in these areas will readily assume that any woman that marries a Western man must have met him whilst working as a bar-girl i.e. Many visitors to Thailand only ever get to see the tourist areas where nightlife, fast living and fast women are commonplace.
Contrary to popular opinion, Thai girls make excellent wives if you choose wisely.
I don't need to go into that here; I've covered it already in the Pattaya girls section my site.
You also need to appreciate the reality of the Thai dating scene.
The last thing that a decent, honest Thailand woman would want anyone to think is that she might be a sex-worker.
This means that you face an extra challenge if you don't look Thai...