Thai women have greater power in their spouse selection than do Chinese-Thai women in Thailand.Elopements are also, however, well known, indicating the power of parental objection.
Parental consent and the payment of a brideprice are generally needed before a wedding can take place.
Marriages have traditionally been regarded as unions of families.
Love marriages rather than arranged marriages and Western-style dating is the norm in urban Thailand.
In rural areas the custom of arranged marriages persists but is not as strong as it is some other Asian countries.
Themes of quests for eternal love and the consequences of passion - ecstasy, aspirations, heartbreaks, jealously, elopements, and deaths - abound in the Thai folklore, literature, and music. In such warnings, love is usually idealized as pure, noble, and epitomized by patience, responsibility, and maturity, whereas lust embodies the qualities opposite to these virtues.