Thaifriendly has most of the standard dating website features, as well as some cool original features, but also a few unusual and confusing ones. But first lets look at the all important membership stats. Who can you meet on Thaifriendly?
The Women of Thaifriendly
Meeting someone on Thaifriendly is a piece of cake. There are a ton of female members, and more joining all the time. Even if you spend hours browsing daily, there seems to be an inexhaustible number of new faces popping up. I noticed that women of Thaifriendly are often quite open, and even eager, to engage in messaging and dating.
Thaifriendly is quite popular with younger Thai girls of the 18 to 24 age range. If that is not your cup of tea, simply use the age search filter to find seemingly endless women of all ages. Most of the men are foreigners, with roughly half of them living outside of Thailand.
The women on Thaifriendly are mostly genuine girls, although gold diggers are not unheard of. The younger Thai ladies are often students, and the women past typical student age are usually working normal jobs. I’ve talked with, or met, several students, a woman who owns her own technology company, another who works in product support, and another working in a restaurant.
According to their profiles, some girls are very serious about looking for a boyfriend, or a marriage. On the other hand, there are a lot who are not looking for anything too serious. You may see the odd profile where a girl writes that she wants someone to “take care” of her and her family, where “take care of” implies “financially taking care of”.
Most of the girls you’ll talk to on Thaifriendly can speak English sufficiently or better, but there are a few with whom communication takes a bit of patience and creativity.
Let us not forget the topic you have all been waiting for, beauty. Yes, there are a ton of good looking Thai women on Thailfriendly. The ratio of beautiful to average is probably higher than you would find walking around on the street, but not as high as an upper class shopping mall or night club.
There is also full functionality for ladyboys (transgenders) on the site, which allows them to be transparent about their gender. Rather than being forced to create a female profile, they choose ladyboy for their gender. You can either filter them out of or into your search results.
Size of Membership - How Many Women and Men on Thaifriendly?
Thaifriendly is the "up and comer" in terms of membership for Thai Dating. It has been growing fast since it started, but the largest thai dating site, Thailovelinks, is 7 times larger.
At the time of publishing this review, Thaifriendly was the second largest site by membership numbers for Thai dating.
Depending on what you are looking for, and how rare it is, a different site may fit your needs better.
Thaifriendly has a younger user base of thai women, with many of them students. Thailovelinks on the other hand has more thai women seeking serious relationships, who are a bit more mature, have jobs and so on. Ladyboys are also not so present on Thailovelinks compared to Thaifriendly.
Searching for that Special Lady
The search engine on Thaifriendly is not as robust as other sites, with about a dozen pretty standard options. It's enough for most purposes. Free members can search and browse all they want. The search results page is nicely compact and loaded with results.
The Profile Page
When you are looking at a profile, you have lots of useful features at your disposal. On every profile you have a notes box, where you can save private notes about that member to remember for later. You can add girls to your favorites list (they won’t know). Or you can click “Show interest” to let her know you like her, without sending a message. Right under the profile photo, you will see how often the user replies to messages, and the last time he or she logged in. You can also see if they have visited your profile recently, and when they visited it. It doesn’t show you forever, though. I noticed that after a few weeks or months, this data disappears.
Men and Women can upload plenty of photos. Looking through photos is a nice experience, as the photos are nice and large. Thumbnails on the photo page are unfortunately often squashed, rather than cropped, to force them into a square shape. It’s not a big deal, but an example of how the site sometimes looks a bit unfinished and messy.
Messaging and Chat
What gets a lot of guys hooked on Thaifriendly is that you don’t have to pay anything to send messages to girls. It is limited to one message every ten minutes, but for a lot of guys, it’s a great way to try it out. Women can send all the messages they want for free.
If you want to know whether or not she has read your message yet, paid members can see the read/unread status in their inbox.
The layout of the messaging area is a bit confusing. Read and unread messages are listed on separate pages. As soon as you open a message, it is automatically moved to the other page. It may seem like your messages keep disappearing. You can always navigate to your archive to view the read messages, but it can still cause confusion if you aren’t used to it. If you don’t reply to messages right away, this makes it easy to lose track of them.
If you are the chatty type, there is a nice little popup chat box at the bottom of the screen. There is also a webcam feature. Both of these are available for paid male members, and free for the ladies.
Paid male members can set their profile to stealth mode, so girls won’t know when you visit their profile. If stealth mode is off, when you view a girl who is online, she will see a little popup window, telling her that you are checking her out. Some may like that, but others may want to turn it off.
In your profile page, you can see the last 10 visitors to your page. Girls can see this too. If you do not want to appear on their recent visitors list, you can disable that with stealth mode.
You can block certain types of member from seeing your profile, such as men seeking men, or ladyboys. You can also hide your profile completely from all, or specified members.
There is a glaring privacy issue with automatic login links sent to your email account. If you have notifications enabled, Thaifriendly will send you an email anytime another member messages you, shows interest in you, or comments on your profile. A link to the other members profile is included in the email. This is all fine and dandy, but if you click that link, it automatically logs you into Thaifriendly without needed a password. This can have serious privacy consiquences for some users.
If you are the type to leave your email open all day while others are around, it is possible for them, perhaps a girl met online, to login to your Thaifriendly account just by clicking the link in your email. The only way to stop this is to turn off the email notifications, but then you won’t get the updates.
A Bit Rough Around the Edges
There are a few things about Thaifriendly that give it a bit of a messy, unfinished look. The overall design is a bit budget looking. The squashed thumbnail images mentioned above is one example. Keep in mind, the site is fairly young, and improvements and upgrades are made frequently.
If you don’t fill out all your profile details, there is an obtrusive reminder box on the top of many pages. So if you don’t want to show how many kids you have, for example, you will see that reminder on every profile you visit.
One more example of bugginess is the blank comment bug. If you happened to be scrolling down a profile page, and accidentally click the “post a comment” button, even if you didn’t type a comment, it will post a blank comment for you. Again, not a big deal, but a bit sloppy.
The Bottom Line
Despite a few charming eccentricities, and the odd minor bug here and there, you can still have a great experience with Thaifriendly.
It is fun and easy way to meet Thai women in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Free members get a lot of the features, and paid members get a great value on top of that.