National Geographic : 1967 Jul
Green-tiled granary of the kingdom, the rice plain north of Bangkok basks in December sunlight. Dike-bordered plots tinted with gold mark early plantings ripening in the dry season. Village houses line the life-giving waterway rather than the arrow-straight road. In a great national ritual each May, monks bless and dis tribute seed rice for the annual planting. When families go forth to winter harvest, their moist earth yields a surplus that makes Thailand the world's leading rice exporter. KODACHROME(FOLLOWINGPAGES)© N.G.S .