National Geographic : 1961 Jun
KODACHROMEBY W. ROBERTMOORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSTAFF sweep of the river by launch to the older, west-bank district, known as Thonburi, orig inal site of the capital. Heading into one of its numerous water lanes, we plunged into the midst of a life pattern little changed in the last hundred years. We cruised past small shops, rice mills, temples, and stilted homes, backed by palms and fruit gardens. Canalside folk washed clothes and themselves in the silted water. Laughing, naked youngsters splashed about like porpoises (page 829). Small sampans skimmed past us. Many were paddled by lampshade-hatted Thai women, carrying fruit and vegetables to mar ket. Yellow-robed Buddhist priests making their morning rounds for gifts of food rode in others. We passed floating restaurants; their steaming pots on charcoal braziers emit ted tempting spicy odors (page 826). Trinket dealers, hawking everything from needles to babies' teething rings, cruised from landing to landing. Reaching the junction of an arterial canal, we came upon a clot of boats crowding the entire water space - a floating market. Caught 821 N.G.S.