The best dating apps in Bangkok – from Tinder to ThaiCupid

Dating can be tough anywhere, especially when you live in a big city like Bangkok. Hoping to find love at work, in a bar, or just randomly on the streets will not be enough in such a busy city. But good news! The range of dating apps and sites in the capital has never been greater. From Tinder to ThaiFriendly, you may be just a few clicks away from meeting that special someone. Whether you’re looking for love or casual encounters in Bangkok, here are the best dating apps and sites you can use!

1. Ok Cupid

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If you’ve tried many dating apps, but none of them seem to give you enough depth, then OkCupid is what you’ve been looking for. Unlike Tinder and Bumble, the app has a comprehensive personality quiz to increase compatibility. You can choose everything from the gender you’d like to date and sexual orientation to the type of relationship you’re looking for. You will also be able to answer questions about lifestyle, politics, religion, etc. For some people, original questions can be a bit too tedious. But for those who are particular about what they’re looking for, questions allow you to find matches that might fit your specific criteria.

On OkCupid, you can only message people you’ve matched with. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about being bombarded with messages. The app is generally popular among people in their 20s and 30s, but you’ll find younger and older crowds as well. It’s also very inclusive. As it has a wide international appeal, it is a great place to meet foreigners and locals.

2. Tinder

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Tinder is perhaps the most popular dating app in the world, and Bangkok is no different. Being a popular app, you’ll have a high chance of finding tons of attractive Thai singles here, which makes it ideal if you’re looking for tons of options. There’s a reason the app is super popular. It’s easy to use and fun, and the messaging function is very complete. Additionally, the app updated its settings to be more LGBTQ-friendly. All you have to do is create a profile, swipe right to potential partners, then massage and arrange a date. Tinder’s free options cover just about everything you need to meet new people, but there are paid options that give you tons of features to enhance your experience.

Since Tinder has a large user base, you can find almost anyone on this app. However, expect many of its users to be looking for something casual and temporary, so you can turn to other sites and apps if that’s not your bag. In addition, users are mainly between 18 and 35 years old.

3. ThaiCupid

From Tinder to ThaiCupid - the best dating apps and sites in Bangkok

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With over 3 million members, ThaiCupid is one of the largest Thai dating sites in existence today. It is very popular in the country where you will usually find more than 2000 people online at any given time. The site offers many robust features, including detailed profiles, translation services, advanced search functions, and audio/video chat. Moreover, it provides special anti-spam measures. The matchmaking algorithm is really efficient, so you can easily find the ideal date. There is a free membership option, but it is much more restrictive than other dating sites in the country. You can only reply to messages if you have a premium subscription. With a free subscription, you will only receive messages.

Most ThaiCupid users are working-class Thais and foreigners looking for a partner between the ages of 25 and 45. The majority of users are people trying to settle down and find a life partner instead of a quick fling, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find people who just want to have fun.

4. Badoo

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Looking for an app that lets you keep your options open? Then you should try Badoo. You can choose if you just want to talk, go on casual dates, find a serious relationship, or keep an open mind when you sign up for the app. Just like Tinder, the app offers a swipe feature. However, it’s also possible to join live video chats with users – if you’re brave enough. The dating profile only contains basic information and focuses on showing people with similar interests, but you will be able to see who is nearby. This means that the app will show people who have crossed paths with you in real life.

The majority of people you’ll find in Badoo look pretty much like Tinder. You can find foreigners and locals looking for casual relationships. However, you can expect to see a lot of younger expat users since the app is popular in North America and Europe.

5. Bumblebee

From Tinder to ThaiCupid - the best dating apps and sites in Bangkok

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Bumble is a great app for women who aren’t afraid to make “the first move” because it’s designed to correct the heavy power imbalance women used to experience in online dating. The app is very similar to Tinder, where you swipe left or right on profiles. However, women need to start the conversations. That’s why a lot of women like to use this app because they don’t have to worry about getting that first scary text or inappropriate photos. Men usually like this app because when they get a message they know the woman is actually interested.

Although the profiles aren’t as detailed as on some apps and sites, you can make video calls to get to know your match better before meeting in real life. Bumble is not friendly for lazy users, as you only have 24 hours to strike up a conversation before the match expires. But once every half of the match has sent a message, you don’t have to worry about time restrictions. The application is intended for those who are looking for a more serious relationship.

6. Thai Friendly

From Tinder to ThaiCupid - the best dating apps and sites in Bangkok

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Whether you are looking for a fun or serious date, ThaiFriendly can be a great site to use. With over 2 million users, it’s Thailand’s largest “free” dating site. Boasting such a user base, you can find many single Thai girls, guys and ladyboys here. Because transgender people make up nearly half of ThaiFriendly’s male population, you might want to consider this site if ladyboys are your thing. The majority of users lean more towards casual dating, with a focus on relationships between foreign men and Thai women. That being said, many expats find their kindred spirits through ThaiFriendly.

You can create a profile, view photos, browse profiles and send a message every ten minutes with a free subscription. To send unlimited messages, you need a premium subscription. Upgrading your account to Premium will also give you a range of features, such as advanced search and privacy control. One thing to remember: be sure to double check your matches as this dating site also has a considerable number of bar ladies (women looking for payment for their business).

7. Coffee meets bagel

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Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) is an app for people who are serious about finding a relationship. It is very popular with women between the ages of 25 and 34, but around 30% of its users are over 35. If you value quality over quantity, this app is worth trying because its unique selling point is that unlike other dating apps like Tinder, it only gives you one match per day. Therefore, you should think carefully about their suitability before swiping left without thinking about it. You need to find an opening line quickly because you can only exchange messages with matches for 7 days.

Alternatively, there’s a “Discover” section where you can like a handful of people each day. If you match, the app offers you a personalized icebreaker. You can download the app and talk to your matches for free, but there is a premium option to access more features, such as checking if your messages have been read and getting statistics about your match.

Online dating may not be for everyone, but it is a more accessible alternative for many people. So if you’re looking for a new life companion, why not try these dating apps? Who knows, maybe you’ll find a partner at the end of the aisle or at least a nice sleeping companion. On your marks, get set, glide!

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