Maria had been visiting Bangkok. Itt worked at a muay thai gymnasium. “ Take down your shirt, ” she told him while they tossed some punches.
He did. She nodded approval at their 6 pack.
Two days later she travelled house and shared with her husband a divorce was wanted by her.
Later on, as Maria Puntasu and Assawa “Itt” Puntasu, they moved to Kirov, a town 12 hours by train east of Moscow to open up their very own muay Thai gymnasium. Itt jokes that he had been the only Thai guy in Kirov (There are 10 Thai ladies, all spa masseuses).
In Kirov, Russian trolls said Maria’s kids will be unsightly because she married “a leaping monkey from the palm tree. ” They later on gone back to Bangkok.
But life in Thailand isn’t any more welcoming for couples like Maria and Itt. A lot more than wondering glances from Thais, they encounter icy loathing from international guys. The Thai guys struggle their very own insecurities along side everyone’s assumptions they have been serial cheaters and abusers who’ve latched onto a piggy bank that is blonde. They’re mistaken for the nannies of their own children in malls and parks.
Samantha Rattanawong along with her spouse Khatawut “Tum” Rattanawong.