National Geographic : 1967 Jul
Pull-push teamwork moves concrete for a fish-processing plant near Bangkok. Long accustomed to laboring in rice fields, Thai women adapt easily to the construction work that accompanies their nation's spurt toward industrialization. Raw wound of a new-cut road scars jungle-covered hills northeast of Bangkok. Manning a U.S .- made bulldozer, a Thai driver grades the bed as an American soldier tamps the earth with a sheepsfoot roller. Assisted by the U. S. Army Corps of Engi neers, the Thai Government rushes an Accelerated Rural Development program to bind the hinterlands to Bangkok. Bagful of beverage-water and flavoring mixed with ice-cools a construction worker. Road-building Yank sips a bottled soft drink.