Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Ltd,
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SIAM AND CHINA
The villagers regarded us stupified, especially the children, with their big, black eyes. The womenaaccording to our ideasaare nearly all horribly ugly, and often forgot to cover themselves, leaving exposed their long, pendant, disgusting breasts. The panum is likewise very scanty, but their legs are well shaped and these can be seen.
The men have always the panum, and, if not wearing some kind of jacket, leave bare their chestsaoften very thin. The pa-hum, which is a sash, is exclusively feminine, but the smart ladies of Bangkok have substituted it with loud-coloured blouses, very often glittering with gems.
Women and men, in town and country, ruin and blacken their teeth and almost deform their mouths by chewing the betel leaf, spitting in great spittoons, which are often of great artistic value.
We returned to Bangkok. Two hours from Pitsanulok I suddenly saw four crocodiles from the carriage window, with jaws agape, quietly sunning themselves; but for the matter of that crocodiles are common in Siam, and some old specimens can even be found in the canals of the city.
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At 8 a.m. from the station on the far side of the river we left for Petchaburi, which was the favourite summer resort of the late king.