One Thai village looks like another

Every Thai village we’ve seen has a  few handsome traditional buildings. But for each structure with delicate upturned eaves made from carved teak, there are a thousand blocky buildings made out of poured concrete. Thai villages just aren’t as beautiful as we anticipated. Chunky architecture, a snarl of heavy wires and cables filling the view, the breeze poking at piles of rubbish and trash and smoke, ornery-looking mangy dogs glowering from vacant lots. 

Many of these features seem like they could be the visual manifestations of poverty. But there’s a commonly-accepted aesthetic operating here too.

As one of our Thai friends commented: “every Thai village looks like every other Thai village, across the entire country”,

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