National Geographic : 1961 Jun
HS EKTACHROMESBY HERBERTS. WILBURN, JR., NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF modest. Yet it is one of the best in the coun try and affords a vital supplement to the rail way link to the east. With Chamnieng Hemarat, another of my former students, and his teen-age son, I took off from Bangkok by Jeep to ride this Friend ship Highway and see the eastern region. At Sara Buri, Chamnieng suggested a short detour before starting on the Friendship Highway: a visit to a pioneer district a few miles north, where farm families were cut ting small holdings from the bush. Bamboo-and-thatch homes dotted the area; small fruit orchards, banana gardens, and vegetable patches bravely splotched new clearings; smoke from burning brush filled the air. Hand grubbing in the jungle is not easy, seldom spectacular; but the hardy farm folk here are carving small spaces they can call their own. Along Friendship Highway we saw other new homes and new shops that the road al ready has spawned. And at an agricultural experiment station on the way, we stopped to see a new cattle-breeding project. "From Texas," the director proudly an nounced; as he showed us hump-shouldered Brahman bulls and a sizable herd of cows and young calves in the pasture paddocks. "Brahmans are sturdy animals, well suited to 837 N.G.S.