National Geographic : 1934 May
POINTED PROWS OF ME PING CRAFT SERVE A USEFUL PURPOSE So swift and twisting are the upper reaches of the river that a poleman is stationed in the overhanging "pulpit"topush off when the heavily laden boat gets out of control and threatens to run aground. Four men in the cockpit, where the natives are resting, are the motive power, and normally the helmsman steers from the pooplike passenger cabin in the stern. New railways in northern Siam have reduced the numbers of these curious carriers. SETTING OUT RICE RESEMBLES A COMMUNITY "BEE" The men and women of many rural localities club together when transplanting the seedlings from nursery beds to flooded fields, and again when harvesting the ripened grain. Certain varieties of rice are sown broadcast.