She isn't wealthy. She just has a decent job and is responsible with money. The difference in culture is still like night and day tho. Many issues
I went to Thailand with my ex gf from Montreal in 2004 and basically since then I wanted to move. Back then I liked how a country I thought would be really backward was developing so fast. Nothing seems to matter while you are there. It's strange, but even money issues can be taken care of (any white male can get a job as an English teacher, for example). A lot of Westerners are making a lot more money than they would back home. A lot are also living like locals. The thing is everything is possible depending on your budget. But, if you are like me and constantly worry about the future, Thailand can be a nightmare.