Conspicuous Contrast

The streets around the glittering malls of Bangkok magically transform into a night market every evening, particularly during the festive season.

Walking back from dinner one evening, we were struck by the stark contrast between the little roadside stalls and the luxury brand hoardings on the facades of the malls behind. 

Bangkok Hoarding

A contrast of fantasy v/s reality, of practical need v/s aspirational yearning.

What is it I wondered, that makes us covet these iconic brands? Their exclusivity? Their superior craftsmanship? Or just a notion of authenticity?

You can find more posts on Bangkok here.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

52 thoughts on “Conspicuous Contrast

  1. spectacular clicks..and great contrast… nice post madhu ..very thoughtful!! xo

  2. You made a very thoughtful post here. I ask the same questions you ask – why do people spend so much on the luxurious items? Then I wonder – whether it’s because I can’t afford them that I am astonished by the way others can splurge on those goods. 🙂

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