Published for the Royal Geographical Society by J. Murray,
Text on page 65
THE UPPER MEKONG, SIAM.
and gazing intently by the hour into the water, every now and then hoisting out a broad dip-net, spread by bamboos, with their prey. A spear is also sometimes used. It is curious to see these people, with wife and family, living on the narrow strip of flooring which goes round the holeain fact, the latter occupies most of the house; but they seem very comfortable, and smoke, and cook, and feed, and sleep on a strip 3 feet wide with great complacency. The women were very much like the little shy Ka Kaws, and smoked their long pipes and dressed just as elaborately in their dark blue, with the same ornamented head-dresses. However, most of these houses at
FISHING STAKES AND SHELTERS, NAM OO.
this time of year were not inhabited, and I only saw one or two families at home.
Muang Ngoi, at which there was a Siamese military station, is most beautifully situated among precipitous hills; it is one of the Prettiest places we saw, well-built, tidy, with a street (as generally in towns in the province of Luang Prabang) running parallel with the river. Immediately over it almost hang the limestones, all round except on the east, up which the people grow their rice in the narrow valley. Up here goes the trade route toward the Black Biver, and down the track I met coming staggering in under their heavy loads many Ka Kawsawomen, girls, and boys. I call them Ka Kaws * for want of a more accurate name; the Siamese called them all Khache,
* Probably they were Kuis.