Laos and the Hilltribes of Indochina by F.J. Harmand
Journeys to the Boloven Plateau, from Bassac to Hue through Laos, and to the Origins of the Thai
A report of explorations undertaken in Laos and present-day Vietnam by one of the main architects of French expansion in Southeast Asia. For the first part of his explorations, Dr. Francois Jules Harmand concentrated his journey of early 1877 on exploring the Boloven Plateau. His attention was focused especially on natural history and on the tribes living in this area. The second part of his exploration brought him to river valleys in Central Laos and the country of the Pou Thay, the original stock of the Thais, with the objective of finding a route from Bassac on the Mekong to Hue on the Vietnamese coast. The value of his observations on nature, people and political relations is only surpassed by the intrinsic value of this account as an example of nineteenth century French colonialists at work.
Size 145 x 210 mm
291 pages, 82 pp. illus., 32 pp. in col.