Published for the Royal Geographical Society by J. Murray,
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THE UPPER MEKONG, SIAM.
boats, with the crew of four men, four more make rather close quarters.
-A- great deal of rice goes down the Mekong and Nam Oo for the supply of Luang Prabang from the hills, that town not being
able to supply itself. This rice goes down in tremendously big bamboo rafts, which look like floating villages; they are often some 120 feet long and 30 feet beam. _ They are allowed to go almost entirely with the current, there being eight or ten long oars rigged out ahead and astern, worked by as many men, for canting the craft in either direction to avoid rocks or eddies. There is a drawing in Mr.
ColquhoWs book (which, I believe, is taken from Garnieras Work) which gives a good idea of a small Ane shooting a rapid.
They are very unwieldy, bad to steer, and not too easy to take down these places.
Small dug-outs of a pretty shape are used in great numbers for fishing purposes; the boat drifts down broadside to the stream, one man being at either end with a paddle gently working in one hand,
VILLAGE ABOVE PAM, MEKONG.VILLAGE ABOVE PAM, MEKONG.