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ThaiDate4u hopes to bring you a step closer to meeting and dating people from Thailand. Although it is an international site, the majority of its female members are in Thailand, either looking to chat, make friends, exchange language, find travel buddies or even find life-long partners. You can upgrade your profile to a VIP account for under $10 a month, using on-site coins. These coins can also be earned by performing basic tasks, such as completing your profile and logging in, so you can send a few free messages here and there.
When we registered, the site offered free gold membership to celebrate its 5th anniversary. This all looked great, although we struggled to actually sign up for this free gold membership, and we still aren’t sure what the difference between gold membership and VIP membership is. It seems like upgrading allows you to contact members without a credit-per-message fee, but otherwise there aren’t great benefits from what we could discern.
The site is relatively attractive and thoughtfully laid out. Registration won’t take a millennia, and you can quickly search through members. The search options are very limited, though, which is unusual because you can include a lot of information on your profile, including your favorite movies, foods and holidays. In fact, the site does seem geared towards encouraging travellers to join, as it also offers you the chance to win a vacation in Hawaii when you sign up. That’s a pretty good bonus!
There are options to find travel buddies or people to talk about travel in Thailand, too, which is a great idea as it means you could potentially arrange to meet them on your trips.
The site is lacking in features, however. It has no video options, no forums or chat rooms. Conversations can feel stilted or may simply be unsuccessful as members are required to pay to communicate through adding coins/credits to their account. Still, there are over 50,000 members, and well over a quarter of a million messages have been sent through the site. This isn’t bad, but it’s also far from impressive when you consider that there are other Thai dating websites with over half a million members.
Thai Date 4 U does a decent enough job for a site of its size and weight. However, if you’re looking to speak with a lot of people and to have your choice of dates, this might not be the ideal place. If you’re interested in travelling, then it might be worth signing up, performing a few tasks to win credits, and then talking to one or two members about their towns, in the hope you get an invite!
We’d recommend paying for the 30 days of VIP status (if you can’t work out, like us, how to upgrade to the elusive “gold” package for free). This seems to offer the best value for money and is under ten dollars for a whole month, making it one of the cheaper sites in this category. Alternatively you can buy a few credits, send a few messages and see where it takes you. It’s nice to have the option. There are a fair few attractive Thai people using this medium-sized dating site, so why not take a gander and see what it has to offer?
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