Light Skin Thai Girls Or Tan Skin Girls?

When I first visited Thailand 4 years ago I had no idea about the tan skin Thai girl vs. Light skin Thai girl debate.

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Meet Thai girlsAt that time I didn’t give a fuuurk and was ready to go balls deep in anyone who ever showed me the slightest bit of attention.

4 years on, I know more about tan skin and light skin Thai girls, and in this article I’m going to ramble aimlessly about it.

Traits of tan skin Thai girls

If you’re one of the people who read my blog but have never visited Thailand, tan skin girls are typically looked down upon.

Unlike the west where tan skin makes you popular and having pasty white skin gets you bulled and beaten at school, in Thailand it’s the exact opposite.

Tan skin in Thailand is seen as unattractive and poor.

Most labour jobs are done outside in the heat which is why people associate tan skin with bring poor and unattractive.

Tan skin Thai girls usually come from Northern Thailand like Isan where there’s a huge farming culture and where people spend most their time outdoors.

Every single bar girl you see in Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza will be of tan skin. You will very rarely see a light skin Thai girl working in go go bars that are aimed at westerns.

Tan skin Thai girls are usually rounder, have bigger tits, asses and frame. And in my experience they have a horrible accent speaking English (WELLLCAAAAAM sir).

They are also more friendly, warm and nicer to be around.

Light skin Thai girls

Light skin Thai girls are considered prettier because white skin is considered a sign of wealth.

Please don’t get this confused with Thais thinking that just because you have white skin you’re wealthy too, they do not think this.

The only people who think this are tan skin girls, and to them you’re wealthy because they don’t often have a lot themselves.

While a huge generalization, light skin girls usually come from middle-class families, can be well traveled, speak better English and have a better education.

Light skin Thai girl


Light skin Thai girls are typically more petite than tan skin girls.

“I only go for light skin Thai girls” – Random Thai expat

If you live in Bangkok long enough it will only be a matter of time before you hear someone say the phrase above or something similar.

It’s quite easy to date a tan skin girl as Thai guys don’t find them too appealing meaning they don’t have too many options, and farangs are often the last resort.

When Thai girls tell you;

Thai girl is very bad guy, he not treat me good. I like farang, he is good.

When a tan skinned girl tells you that, there’s a bit of truth in her comment, but there’s also a lot of bullshit at the same time.

Yes Thai guys don’t treat their girlfriends to well, but they also say this because these girls cannot get the better quality ofThai guy because they don’t find them attractive.

Expats who have lived here a while fall into the society trap and start thinking the same. “Oh your girlfriend is from from Isan” and then laugh at you in a smug way.

Finding a light skin Thai girlfriend is a lot harder than finding a tan skin Thai girl from Isan or another part of Thailand.

You have force yourself to go to puke worthy events, listen to their bullshit about how they traveled to another country, or how they watch a certain western TV show, or pay for expensive western dinners and watch her pretend to enjoy the meal.

Basically having a light skin Thai girlfriend is like being in a relationship with a vegan. Several times throughout the day they are going to mention things they’ve done/ate/seen/bought to make you think they are hi-so and so much better than than everyone else.

I remember one girl telling within 15 seconds that she’s going to the US next month for a holiday and enjoys eating cheese and wine.

All I said to her was “Hi, how are you doing?”

Once again I’m generalizing about light skin Thai girls, but they will often come with this baggage and bullshit that ain’t nobody got time for.

On the bright side, she probably has an okay salary (for Thai standards) and you won’t be paying for everything… maybe.

Tan skin girls tend to be the crazier of the two

I think it’s a fair assessment to say that tan skin girls are the ones most likely to rip your dick off and break your laptop if you try breaking up with them.

If you’ve ever heard someone talk about a bad breakup with a Thai girlfriend, there’s a good chance she was tan skin.

thai street freelancer

I don’t know why that is, maybe because they are from a poorer background and see you as the white knight to get them out. Or perhaps the circles Bangkok expats hang in are generally low and we attract such people.

Maybe it’s a combination of the both.

Light skin Thai girls are boring

You’ll hear this quite a lot in expat circles, that light skin Thai girls are really boring.

They don’t drink as much, they take less risks, are conservative and care too much about their image to do what they really want.

I tend to agree with that quite a bit, but having said that I personally find all girls boring.

Why do large percentage of farangs date tan skin girls and not light skin?

Walk into any mall and you’ll see farangs dating isan Thai girls.

The ratios of farang with tan skin Thai girls vs. farang with light skin girls is very one sided. There’s a number of reasons for this, such as:

Tan skin Thai girls are easier to date
– as a westerner you can visit almost any nightclub in Thailand and tan skin Thai girls will be receptive to you. Many purposely hang in out in tourist and expat areas to meet you.

Most light skin Thai girls don’t.

Light skin Thai girls don’t want you – there’s a big misconception by men who think that ALL Thai girls love farang. They don’t love you at all, they only love your money. The majority of light skin Thai girls have zero interest in you and is why you see so few guys with light skin girls.

Ain’t nobody got time for dat – nobody has time to listen to a light skin Thai girl’s opinions on anything.

What do I prefer?

I can’t help but say I personally like the look of light skin Thai girls more, this wasn’t always the case mind you. To date a lighter skin Thai girls takes more work and energy and typically humans want what they can’t have.

I think that’s why I prefer them looks wise. However the only time I get close to a light skin Thai girl these days is when I visit Nataree.

I’m sure if the roles were reversed and it was much more difficult to get tan skin Thai girls I would be telling you I like tan skin more.

For fun and conversation it’s a mixed bag.

Tan skin girls who can speak very good English are much better than light skin girls, but most tan skin girls have pretty poor gasp of English.

What about you?

What are your thought on tan and light skin Thai girls, which do you prefer and why? Leave a comment below.

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20 thoughts on “Light Skin Thai Girls Or Tan Skin Girls?

  1. Chris
    14 February, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Light skinned Thai girls are even more of a princess than Western girls I’ve dated. They are not just harder to date, but basically vapid, judgmental and trading on nothing but their looks. Maybe I just like the salt of the Earth kind of people better and that’s why I’ve had better lucky with educated or at least pretty smart Issan girls.

  2. Ebi Riemer
    14 February, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I absolutely love tan skinned Thai girls, they are so adorable and suppose are more fun to be with

    1. 14 February, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      I think many will agree with you for the most part.

  3. Pete
    14 February, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    ive bene living in thailand for 1,5 years and still love dark skin couldnt care less about those white skinned chicks

    its kinda funny when long term expats get all smug about that. theyre into the values of a moronic society that considers them second class citizens too

    1. 14 February, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      I think it’s more of an ego thing and to put others down.

  4. Wilco
    14 February, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    The nicest – sweetest – most pleasant and forgiving thai girl I ever dated was light skinned. We’ve been friends for 3yrs. But she may be a rarity. I also once dated a dark skinned and jaw dropping hot asian cleopatra who tricked me into buying a bottle of vodka for her and her prostitute friends at Mixx. Other than that.. I think the stereotype is more or right

  5. Pat
    14 February, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I had a GF who lived in Phuket and one weekend she wouldn’t come up to Bangkok because she told me ”have black sun too much sun”thinking I didn’t like it.

    Took me a couple of days to persuade her and she came up the following week

  6. 14 February, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I understand and accept that Thai culture and society may see the world through their own peculiar lens when it comes to skin colour, but my response is along the lines of fuck what their colour ‘represents’ – what are you actually attracted to and like???
    For me, someone with some colour (natural for their normal skin tone) means they get outside, they’re active, enjoy the outdoors etc which for me is attractive. Give me a girl like that anyday over some aenemic, pasty, too much make-up, obsessed with her looks and perceived ‘position’ in the pecking order twiggy bitch who thinks her shit doesn’t smell!
    I also wonder how all that Thai hi-so stuff sits with their Buddhist beliefs???

  7. Cecilia
    17 February, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Hello Mr. Harvie, I love reading your articles, especially the stereotyping ones.
    Firstly, I would like to share an opinion on “tan skin Thai girls are typically looked down upon while white skin is considered beautiful.” I had tan skin, but I’ve never been looked down upon in my entire life. I was always selected as a leader by my classmates (tan and white skin ones) in most of the classes I had when I was in primary and high school. I can say that no one ever looked down on me at all. Secondly, you also said “tan skin in Thailand is seen as unattractive and poor.” Well, what if some people see tan skin as a beautiful thing, according to hollywood’s influence? Many of my friends who have light skin also try to look tan like Jennifer Lopes, Selena Gonez, Rihanna etc. Thirdly, “tan skin Thai girls usually come from northern Thailand.” Absolutely not, northern Thailand has the coldest weather compared to other regions in Thailand, so people there generally have lighter skin. I think you meant to say “northeastern” which is called Isaan. Moreover, you shouldn’t assume that people who are from Isaan usually have tan skin. Tons of my friends from Isaan have light skin too. Fourthly , “tan skin Thai girl have a horrible accent speaking English” I am tan, and none of the native English speakers I have met have told me my accent is horrible. The accent really depends on the education of each individual and how much they have been practicing. What I said also means that Thai people mostly speak in a similar accent called “Thai accent” regardless of their skin tone. The fifth point I want to talk about is “tan skin girls think that white people are rich” I have never thought that way and I never will. How can someone be rich just because of their skin tone? This is 2016, we don’t judge people based on their skin. The next one, “light skin Thai girls are usually from middle-class families” …..but tan skin Thai girls are usually from middle-class families too. Please, don’t give your readers the wrong idea of Thai women of any skin color. Additionally, “light skin Thai girls speak better English” I am tan and my English is better than a lot of light skin girls in Thailand because I want to be good at English, so I practice. You said tan skin Thai girls are not attractive for Thai men, and they are easy to date? Honestly, everyone has their own preference. They will always be attractive to someone. It is unfair to make generalizations like this.
    I am writing you because I feel like people who are reading this should not be misinformed by the incorrect information you have presented. I do not want Thai women of any skin color to be judged based on information written by a male foreigner.


    1. Wilco
      28 February, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Nice reply Cecilia.. are you free for dinner on friday? 😉

    2. Will
      7 September, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Sure these are generalizations, he’s just trying to keep it easy for the first timer reader

  8. 18 February, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Well, both light and dark skin Thai girls look good naked in bed next to me, maybe a slight fuzzy beaver too, ooo er, chop mak

  9. Im
    19 February, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    I’m a light skin thai girl and i’m arn’t boring like you siad.
    Light skin girl’s tend to be more educat than tanned so we’re mature and seem to be smarter, we might not sweet as tanned that try to kiss your white ass. We know what we want in life have a decent job not just hunting for fanrags to get better life.

    But from what i have learn from many foreign friends most thai girls (tanned/light) are quite boring as western and our life style / culture are different and most thais have close mind , poor education , shitty soceity etc.. So if you guys want to have relationship with thai girls you better go half way to understand eachother.

    Ps. Everything have 2 side not all tanned / light skin girls are the same

  10. Alex
    23 February, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Of course an educated girl with experiences outside bars and ricefileds is more intressting. But sadly Thailand is an inmature society, success here goes with shallownes and an obsession with money and superficial stuff, at least at first. If I want a relationship a hi so girl is a must, but if I just want to have fun “I go Issan” (or hmong in certain bars..). A couple of weeks ago I saw another farang about my age, having a date with an up market girl at Sofitel, she was really beautiful and very aware of her apparerene. At first the guy looked thrilled and proud but after an hour he was clearly bored and soon ended the pain and left alone. The girl seemd confused? I love the company of rich, smart girls but please grow up.

  11. Sausage
    24 February, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Just read your first “introduction” post about what you’d do when you return to England etc and it made me quite happy to see you made it and surpassed your expectations 🙂

    It would be cool if you could do a post now reflecting on your answers then and how you’ve changed since arriving in Thailand

    1. 25 February, 2016 at 2:54 am

      Which post was this mate?

  12. 13 March, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I also haven’t thought in this category before, I don’t know If it will be changed:)

    Due to my some experience and differences between light skin or tan skin some situation could be similar and some a little bit different. Of course I do not like generalize and this is just due to my experience 🙂

    Never was thinking about what the skin girl has but always wanted to be different then other tourists (farang). Just like most tourists in a first interaction ask for price for an hour or more. Or ask for sex…

    So for me the most important always was just to start talking and focus on her and just normal talking, interests, plans, dreaming and so on…

    I met mostly girls through date applications like or Thai friendly. And sometimes but not so often in the party and favorite place Asoke open bars. Even If I met with light skin girls they were much more richer then me and even they bought me drinks in the club or wanted to pay for dinner or half a half. Even one girl took me with her car into Pattaya for a weekend.

    On the other hand when I met tan skin girl so yes she was different but she was young 20 years and studying and really so good person. Speaking very good English and thinking about finish studies and start working. So good person.

    And with other tan girl I had opposite experience and that’s true what You wrote about breaking up. That was really crazy and I was even afraid what she can do when I told her about this. Never met such an experience in Europe.

    The weird thing is that when I used sometimes go to Asoke open bars and really met there many nice girls working in open bars after midnight. Nice I mean when I start talking with them differently then they treat me like a friend and many of them was telling me: “You know we can meet on the other day and I can do a lot for You and for free” 🙂

    So Yes to Sum Up for sure with breaking up with Thai girls was shock for me and I agree that all of them told me that they do not like thai guys. Even funny is when I was at the party together with Thai girls (in my experience I was with tan and light) they really wanted to buy me drinks. When I ask about this, she told me that do not want to be treat like Thai girl who meet with farang because people around are looking and when farang buy drink for lady means that…

    Best Regards

  13. Adam
    27 July, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Mate you had me at ‘personally I find all girls boring.’

    im leaving london to come to bkk in sept let’s have a beer you crack me up.

  14. Will
    7 September, 2016 at 5:55 am

    There’s also a section of young thai ladies in a class above the brand obsessed white skinned ‘hiso wannabes’ who certainly don’t mind a tan, or at least a ‘natural’ complexion. Where to find these girls? Not always easy as they usually work in the design/hotel/media sectors.
    Tip. A bar you can meet nice professional hot girls .. ‘let the boy die’ near Chinatown. It’s a craft beer hangout. Dress hipster, go with a group and you’ll def be chatting with other groups before long.

  15. Thai guy
    4 April, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Let’s speak honestly. Light skin girls in Thailand are more preference in Thailand. To prove it, watch Thai TV and you will see all celebrities, news reporters, advertising like 95% is light skin girl. Rich Thai people about 99% has light skin and Chinese immigrations. Most light skin girls in Thailand are taken by rich Thai guy. They offer German cars & house for these girls. Therefore, this type of girls doesn’t go to Farang. It is not because they think Farang doesnt like them or their parents dont want them to marry Farang.

    Campare to Thai culture, thai rich guys are more spoiled and understand than western. Unfortunenately, there is no room for tan Thai girl.

    If Farang really popular for Thai girls, you will see elite thai girls date western. But so far, the light skin Thai girls go for Hi society thai guys.

    If you see German cars in the road, remind it…Thai gov tax them around 3-400% which means they are really rich.

    Mostly, Thais will look down on tan girs who date farang bcuz most of them poor, uneducated, maybe hooker, etc.

    To me i dont care, at least Farangs give these girls money and kinda help Thai economy

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