The Laos of North Siam, Seen Through the Eyes of a Missionary by Lillian Johnson Curtis
Here is an insightful description of the people of northern Thailand around the turn of the century. The book contains the narrative of an American missionary's journey from Bangkok to Lakon where she spent four years in the local mission of the Northern Presbyterian Board, and descriptions of other journeys in the north-between Lakon and Chiang Mai, Nan, Prae and Chiang Rai. Her colorful writings encompass almost all physical and social features of the land and its people: geography, natural products and agriculture, wildlife, forests and fruit trees, customs such as betel use, food preferences, house-building and ceremonies such as marriage and burials, language, the life of children and, of course, religion. In the last of these as well as in her treatment of local politics, the author's missionary biases are obvious, particularly in a description of the mission's development and the persecutions endured by early Christians.
reprint from 1903