Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

None that I've heard of. Thai people seem very open to all beliefs. - Aug 2019


I am not aware of any problems. - Jun 2018


Generally, no. - Aug 2014


As an expat female, no direct problems. But watching the old slimey men grab on the (often very) young Thai women in the streets is very frustrating and takes a toll. While there are problems between the majority-Muslim South and the majority-Buddhist North, you don't see such problems on the surface in a day-to-day environmnet in the city of Bangkok. - May 2014


Yes. We have witnessed racism time and time again. Men are treated like kings here as well-single or married they are pursued, it makes little difference. Women often complain that they feel invisible, but are not harassed. - Jul 2013


None that I have experienced or heard about. - Jun 2013


Thais tend to be very open. There is more a sense of class discrimination, rather than racial discrimination. - Jul 2012


I did have one black friend who had a hard time. Like many places in the world Thais aim to be lighter skinned and use bleach, etc. - Oct 2011


Religion: As far as I can see, there are no problems. Gender: The PM is female, and females are strongly represented throughout most walks of life. No issues, I think. Race: I wouldn't know, really. I have never come across any racial discrimination against westerners. But just as Americans laugh at Canadians, and the English laugh at the Welsh, they love a good laugh at Laotians! - Aug 2011


Not that I can tell, but some expats who are of darker skin complexions have reported not being treated as well as whites. - Jul 2011


Well, being a Western man seems to get you better service in general than, say, being a Western woman. - Feb 2011


Thais speak openly about darker skin as less desirable. You'll see whitening cream heavily advertised. They joke about everything including their friends' skin tone or weight which can be uncomfortable or downright insulting to an American. But we try to remember things are different here. - May 2010


This is my biggest disappointment. I've seen several Thais disrespect people of darker skin tones. They care very much about status and it seems to them that foreigners with darker skin must be of a lower income bracket. As a result they are not treated as well as their white counterparts. I've seen African Americans laughed at as they walk past and heard them make disrespectful comments. If have very dark skin I would really think about if you have "thick skin" as racial prejudices are commonplace here. Bummer for such an amazing city. - Apr 2010


none that i have seen or are aware of - Jan 2010


Not that we've ever witnessed and/or heard of. - Jul 2009


As with anywhere else in the world, the darker you are, the more issues you have. Religions are all accepted. - Apr 2009


People respect money and the guys in power are rich thugs. The poor here are ingnored too much (but I feel that is also a huge issue in the US). - Feb 2009


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