ThaiCupid | Site Of The Smiles?

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ThaiCupid claims to be the lead dating site for Thais or foreign singles who are seeking Thai partners. It has the largest user base in its niche and is operated by Cupid Media, a big name in the online dating industry which handles 34 other niche dating sites.

Although it is named ‘ThaiCupid,’ the website is not just for locals. In fact, the majority of its frequent visitors are from foreign countries; most especially foreign men seeking Thai women. The site is available in different languages, including Spanish, Italian, German, French, Hindi, Bengali, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, and Filipino, though English is still the most popular language used by users. The site also has a paid translation function which makes communication and dating easier for singles from all over the world.

The Buddhist culture has a strong influence and Thais will often ‘make merit’ or perhaps it is just their nature to be helpfil. On one occasion whilst completely lost in Bangkok I asked a Thai for directions. Not only did I get a helpful reply but the Thai gentleman went to the trouble of drawing an intricate map with written directions in Thai for me to pass to a taxi driver. Foreigners visiting Thailand do have to be careful and particularly those that frequent the night clubs and bars in Bangkok, however, the words that spring to mind from my experience of the Thais are courtesy, kindness and humor. On ThaiCupid there are many professional and educated women as well as those who are looking to improve their economic circumstances via a romantic liaison.

ThaiCupid has about 1.5 million registered members, which is the highest number among dating sites of the same niche. Meanwhile, the site has a moderate site activity with about 2,000 to 3,000 members which can be seen online at any given time. There are, however, approximately 2.2m site visits per month although this figure will include visitors who frequented the site more than once.

It seems like Thai women have a lot of charms. Thai women are generally said to be shy and monogamous. In the Thai dating culture, reputation is very important for unmarried women. This means that Thai women refrain from having sexual contact unless the relationship is nearing marriage. A lot of western men have an incorrect impression because, frequently, the Thais they have met are working in the bars due to economic necessity. Nobody should judge them for that. Those that take the time to acquaint themselves with Thai women outside of the bars will know that most are quite conservative.

A sense of humor goes a long way in Thailand and Thais have a popular word, Sanuk, that roughly translates as fun. It actually goes deeper than that and relates to enjoying or getting pleasure out of whatever activity, however mundane, you are doing. The Thais love to smile and they have a fascinating batch of words relating to all the different types of smiles that exist. The late British writer delighted in the sangfroid of the Thais. My own experience of observing Thai composure was watching a Thai woman fall off her scooter near the Thai / Myanmar border. Fortunately, she was unhurt, however, the abiding memory is seeing someone fall at speed with such grace. Thais are generally slow to anger but, be warned, if you push them too far with rude behavior then there can be explosive consequences.

We weren’t able to get an exact figure of the gender ration, however, the figures for men and women online usage at any given time indicated a 35/ 65 split. This gender ratio makes it slightly hard for men to find suitable matches.

Most of the female members are Thai locals, meanwhile, the male members are predominantly from foreign countries. The USA alone accounts for about 600,000 registered singles. Other frequent visitors come from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

ThaiCupid offers three types of memberships; Standard, Gold, and Premium. Users don’t need to pay for a Standard or free members membership, however, a lot of the features are locked. Among the paid memberships, Platinum membership is a little more expensive than the Gold membership but also with more privileges. Below is the price list for the paid memberships:

Gold Membership

1 Month34.99 USD34.99 USD
3 Month23.33 USD69.98 USD
12 Month11.67 USD139.99 USD

Platinum Membership

1 Month39.99 USD39.99 USD
3 Month26.66 USD79.98 USD
12 Month13.33 USD159.99 USD

Payment can be made through all major credit cards, PayPal, or with check, bank transfer and vouchers.

Though sign-up in the site is free, Standard membership has very limited functions. Below are what users can do without upgrading to paid membership:

Profile Creation- Create a profile which includes basic information (full name, password, email address, date of birth, gender, gender seeking, country, state, and city). Users may also fill-out their other personal information in the ‘Your Appearance’ and ‘Your Lifestyle’ tabs. These include multiple choice questions about the user’s physical features and lifestyle. It is okay not to answer all questions but how much information a user answer is how much information that will appear in the user’s profile. There is also a section where users can say a few sentences about themselves. Meanwhile, users can upload up to five photos, including the main photo.

Finding Matches- Members using free account will be limited to basic search with few search filters (gender, age range, country and mile distance from user’s location, availability of photos and date last active), as well as browsing through automated matches. Free members can browse an unlimited number of profiles. The site will also automatically send a notification if another member browsed your profile.

Interaction and Messaging- With a free account, a user can send their interest to all members. However, they can only exchange messages with paying members.

Gold Membership gives more privileges users. The added benefits are listed as follows:

Profile Creation- Double your profile space including profile pictures. There is also the additional ‘Personality Profile’ tab which includes open-ended questions about the user’s interests or hobbies. The profile of Gold members is highlighted above free members.

Finding Matches- Advanced search options which can filter members by appearance, lifestyle, personal background, religion, culture and many more. The preferences in the advanced search can be saved for future access. Paying members can also search members by first name, member number, and popular searches. There is also the keyword search using ‘Cupid Tags’. These are short keywords members can use to describe themselves, their hobbies or interests.

Interaction and Messaging- Paying members can send email to all the other members and can access live chat and instant messaging. They can also send their personal information to other members such as email address and phone numbers in their messages.

Other Privileges- Get rid of annoying side banners and enjoy ad-free browsing. A paying member can also use additional privacy option to hide their names while browsing profiles of other members

On the other hand, Platinum members can enjoy all the privileges of Gold members with the following additional features:

● Highlight profiles above Standard and Gold members
● Ability to translate messages into another language
● View and send video emails to all members as well as view video profiles of members

The site has a simple overall design. It follows the standard template of other Cupid Media sites. The features are neatly organized in tabs making it very easy to use and to navigate. It is very good in terms of functionality and usability; however, it compromised the site’s aesthetic. The design is outdated and can be considered boring especially for members of the younger generation.

The dating site has a mobile app available for both Android and iOS. It can be downloaded for free from Google Play and App Store. This is convenient for users who want o use the service on-the-go through their phones. The app has similar design and functions as its desktop counterpart; however, the layout is made to fit mobile screen display.

The app is more convenient to use than accessing the site on your mobile browser. Not only it has faster loading speed, but it also allows users to receive notifications from the site.

It is very easy to register an account. The sign-up process can take as fast as one minute. You can also register in one click by opting to sign-up using your Facebook account. However, completing the profile may take longer depending on how much users want to fill-out.

With the high membership base, it is easy to find suitable matches. New users can easily receive interests and messages overnight after registration. However, interaction with members is more convenient by upgrading your account. The site also has strict security measures so there are very few fake accounts.

ThaiCupid values the safety of their members. It has a detailed Privacy Policy which ensures proper use of information and images uploaded in the site. Meanwhile, the transactions on the site are secured by SSL encryption.

The team does not do individual reviews on each profile however it has a variety of security features including manual validation of photos and account verification.

Every photo uploaded on the site needs approval. This process is usually completed within 24 to 48 hours. Users can also verify their accounts by uploading an identification document such as passport or driver’s license in the site’s verification tab or by sending them through email at [email protected] This adds a layer of security and authenticity to the profiles. Users who are worried about their safety can opt to browse verified profiles.

Users can also block or report offensive members. ThaiCupid has scattered ‘Report Abuse’ buttons or links on the site. These can be found on the profiles of members, messages and the Instant Messenger window. The site takes every report seriously. In fact, there are some reports of members who got their accounts deactivated without reasons due to excessive safety procedures.

The easiest way to get through the site’s customer service staff is through the onsite email support system. Users only need to fill out their email address and a simple security code to send their queries. The site also has a comprehensive FAQs questions which detail every function of the site. It is very important to browse for the answers first before asking for help.

Cupid Media has available phone numbers for all their websites. Users only need to identify their username and the website they are using before proceeding with their queries. The customer service hotline is available Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm (GMT+10):

US and Canadian Customers (toll-free): 1-800-787-0838
UK Customers (freephone): 0800 056 9427
Australian Customers: (07) 5571 1181
Other International Customers: +61 7 5571 1181

Users can also contact the site through email, fax or post.
Email: [email protected]
Fax Number: +61 7 3103 4000
Post: ThaiCupid.com, PO Box 9304, Gold Coast MC, QLD 9726, Australia

Positives
● Largest user base among ‘Thai’ dating sites
● Site available in multiple languages
● Standard members can send and receive messages to and from paying members
● Option to verify account
● Mobile app available for Android and iOS
● The impeccable manners , ready smile and good humor of most Thais

Negatives
● Somewhat fewer female members compared to male members
● Outdated website design
● Some members are deactivated without prior warning
● More of a language barrier compared to sites like FilipinoCupid

ThaiFriendly- Has a large user base of more than 1 million members. It appeals more to the younger crowd looking for casual relationships than those who are ready to get married and settle down. Its members include those in the younger age group like university students.

ThaiLoveLines- This site has a relatively lower user base with more than 250,000 members. The site design is very simple and old-fashioned, though this might be intentional as the site is mostly for older singles looking for serious relationships leading to marriage. The site has generated many successful couples and has many loyal members.

MizzThai- This is a fairly new site with a fresh concept. It aims to find beautiful female companions for single male travelers who want to visit Thailand for some adventure. It focuses more on travel while love is secondary though sometimes it might lead to that.

AsianDating- This site is not exclusively for Thais or for Thai-seeking singles, however, as Thailand is a part of Asia, many singles who are looking for Thai women opt to register in major Asian dating sites which has larger user base to try their luck.

Success Stories
Since its creation, ThaiCupid has helped thousands find their love. Here are some success testimonies:

I was blessed to meet my beautiful Jilly through ThaiCupid. She is the most beautiful and special woman I have ever met. We have fallen in love and are engaged to be married. I love her more than I know how to say and I know we’ll be together forever. Thank you ThaiCupid. -Mick

I found my Destiny here! Thank you so much ThaiCupid. With the help of your website, I found Piyathida, the girl I have always been searching for! We got married in April and we are so happy. We hope to get UK Visa for my wife later in the year so we can always be together. I hope others can find love as we did here. Thanks again. Richard & Piyathida. -Richard

ThaiCupid is good especially for those who are looking for serious, lasting relationships. Most of the successful matches on the site are those of foreign men and Thai women. This is due to the general member demographics of the site.

The gender ratio of the site can be good or bad depending on the user. Thai ladies will have more choices to choose from with the abundance of male profiles. In turn, this might make it harder for males to find good matches.

The site security is also quite good. The customer service is receptive and users seldom find fake profiles in the site. The members are also very responsive, though it is more advisable to find matches who were seen online at least in the last few weeks.

The fees are in the upper average compared to other dating sites. It is good to sign-up for free first and browse profiles before upgrading membership if you find someone to your liking. For those who are looking for serious relationships, it is better to choose long-term membership plans with discounts. Looking for real love requires time and patience after all. Overall, ThaiCupid creates a good environment for singles that are looking for love in Thailand.

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