National Geographic : 1982 Oct
Strangling a city, cars, trucks, vans, buses, and motorcycles jam the streets of Bangkok, slowing movement to a crawl or full stop and creatingsome of the filthiest air in the world (above). But traffic spells opportunity to a vendor hawking his flowers (left). And it means tax revenues, since the government levels a 150 percent duty on imported cars. Partsimportedfor assembly in Thailandare taxed at lower rates. A new Japanese car so assembled goes on display in a Bangkok departmentstore.