Published for the Royal Geographical Society by J. Murray,
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space, in which stands the sanam, or court-house; this is surrounded on three sides by wats, and on the west by the palace, a large house with no very striking features. The women crouch along the sides in rows with their baskets in front of them, as at Luang Prabang and at all the markets one sees in this part of the peninsula. Fruit, biscuits, and cakes, ready rolled cigarettes and flowers, are for sale, but the quantities are very small. There is a muffled sound of subdued chatter and laughter, and the scene is a very pretty onea till at last the mists are gone, the sun is well up in the heavens, and the crowd melts away as silently as it came.
Once inside the walls the town may be described as countrified, the houses standing in their own enclosures among their palms, where the
to be outside the town, villages extending on all sides, and especially along the road to the north, past the a old city,a which is about one mile in that direction, and where there are some very good substantial palisades still standing, with the remains of a deep ditch and massive wall on the north-west side, all of course very much grown over. The custom of shaving the head all round, with the exception of the tuft at the top which stands bristling straight on end, and gives a good grip to the light-red or white turban which is often worn, is a cool and cleanly one, and gives the men a smart
LAOS BAG, or STBIPED CLOTH.
KAO NEO WICKER BASKETS.KAO NEO WICKER BASKETS.