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The Building of Roads and Reservoirs

On the roadThe seaside Klai Kangwol (Far from Care) Palace in Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, was built in the 1920s by His Majesty King Rama VII as a retreat from the heat of Bangkok. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's unflagging energy would not permit him simply to relax and enjoy the sea breezes. Instead, he began exploring the countryside inland from the palace. In 1952, in the village of Huai Mongkhol , he found that farmers were not realising their full potential because they lacked irrigation water and because they could not move the crops they grew to markets 20 km. away in Hua Hin. As a result, he initiated the construction of a road to the village and, at the same time, excavated a reservoir. The water permitted the creation in the village of a modest experimental farm as an auxiliary to the test plots at his Chitralada Villa residence. Now the farmers could increase their crop yields-and the range of crops they grew-and sell the produce in distant markets, thereby helping them to help themselves.

 

 

 

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