So, when a foreigner wants to marry his Thai girlfriend and the inevitable subject of Sin Sod arises, it is no surprise that he becomes confused over what he should be paying and why he is expected to pay it.
Part of the problem is that Thai women often don’t explain the concept of Sin Sod very well, which isn’t at all surprising, considering that for them it’s a standard tradition and an age-old part of Thai culture.
I mean, when ex childhood superstar singer Tata Young, at almost 40 years old married Prame, the son of the Fair Tex boxing brand owner, she commanded 100 million Baht.
You will find a huge amount of misleading information online regarding Sin Sod, and conflicting experiences can be found plastered all over forums and blogs.
Many families sell land, borrow money and generally go without to put their kids through university, or in some cases to simply put food on the table.
The Sin Sod is essentially a repayment for that investment.
As you might know, it is common for the average Thai woman to send a portion of her salary to her parents each month.
After marriage this usually stops, so as you can imagine, for parents with no pension plan and little savings, the Sin Sod is a much needed payday.
The Western-centric viewpoint that Sin Sod equates to the purchasing of a Thai bride is completely incorrect.