Xieng Cang – 12th April 1867


From the new location occupied by Xieng Cang, the view of the mountains on the other side is very picturesque; Less steep, staging in gentler slopes than in the region we had just traversed, they offer a series of small valleys perpendicular to the river, wooded and charming retreats watered by a stream with clear, living water. The village itself is well built; the huts are very high; cotton is woven there, the cultivation of which succeeds during the dry season to that of rice. The main pagoda, located at the entrance to the rice fields, with a bouquet of beautiful palm trees of the corypha genus, is richly adorned inside, and contains, among other remarkable things, an antique carved wooden candle holder. , comparable to what we had found most beautiful in this genre. At the time of our passage, Burmese hawkers had spread out their junk on the forecourt of the temple, and were selling the natives brightly colored cottons and a few small English hardware items.

Garnier, Vol: 1: 302

A little downstream from Xieng Cang, we encountered one of those rafts made of bamboo, of which we have already spoken, real floating houses which, when going down the river, allow the transport of many travelers and enormous quantities of goods and merchandise. He had on board a veritable colony of monks and other natives who, having left Luang Prabang, were going to visit the famous sanctuary of Peunom.

Garnier, Vol. 1: 302-303