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Thai Construction Babes

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Sidewalks are ripped up, ready to be replaced, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sidewalks are ripped up, ready to be replaced

Rumor has it that the City of Chiang Mai has an abundance of money these days, and have decided to redo the sidewalks surrounding moat of this ancient city. Quite a large project!

 

Thai women construction workers, covered head-to-toe flatten the earth. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai women construction workers, covered head-to-toe flatten the earth

The earth must be prepared first to even out the lumps before pouring the concrete. This work is done most often by women. They cover themselves from head to toe to avoid sun exposure which tans their skin. Having a 'fair' complexion is quite highly prized here in Asia.

 

 Women construction workers smooth out the cement for making flat sidewalks. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Women construction workers smooth out the cement for making flat sidewalks

The concrete is poured. Men direct the machinery, and the women direct the cement.

 

Thai women in rubber boots standing on wet concrete, waiting for the next pour. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai women in rubber boots standing on wet concrete, waiting for the next pour

Women take on these jobs because they pay about 200 baht a day (about $6 USD) and are considered high paying jobs here in Thailand.

 

Wide brimmed hats, scarves over their faces, long sleeved uniform shirts. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wide brimmed hats, scarves over their faces, long sleeved uniform shirts

Doing this work has the same 'nose to the ground, back to the sky' position as working in the rice fields.

 

Men and women work together to make these new sidewalks. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Men and women work together to make these new sidewalks

With everyone covered from head to toe, the only way you can tell the women from the men are from the headgear they wear. The two workers in the middle are men.

 

Women ankle deep in freshly poured concrete manage the fresh pour. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Women ankle deep in freshly poured concrete manage the fresh pour

Women wear the wide floppy brimmed hats to keep the sun at bay. Ankle deep in freshly poured concrete, one women inadvertently walked out of her boot! The 'boss man' is the one on the far left, having a chuckle with his crew.

 

Working camaraderie, good paying job, these women are happy Chiang Mai, Thailand

Working camaraderie, good paying job, these women are happy

The ladies are directing the pour of the cement. One hat is sometimes not enough to ward off the sun. They will wear two, plus a headscarf. Remember now, it is near 100 degrees outside and the humidity is in the high 90 percent! The woman in the background is smoothing the texture of the cement with a long wooden spatula type tool.

 

Taking a short break, the girls chat, waiting for the cement truck to give another load. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Taking a short break, the girls chat, waiting for the cement truck to give another load.

 

Thai women working in proud cooperation. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai women working in proud cooperation

Back to work they spread the fresh concrete. While there I witnessed three loads poured.

 

Ten workers in just this one photo! Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ten workers in just this one photo!

The men are holding the funnel in place while the women direct the pouring. The makeshift funnel at the end is corrugated metal with two-by-fours nailed to it for handles. The weight of the cement broke this device twice while I was watching.

 

The next step of smoothing out the concrete. Chiang Mai, Thailand

The next step of smoothing out the concrete

Smoothing out the cement with long rakes, being careful not to step backwards, or into the moat they go!

These women worked very hard, were proud of their jobs and always kept their Thai smile.

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