Exploring Southeast Asia

James McCarthy's Expedition to Laos

What follows is part of a report that James Fitzroy M’Carthy (also written in many sources as McCarthy), Superintendent of Surveys in Siam, presented to members of the Royal Geographic Society on 14 November 1887. It was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Geographic Society and Monthly Record of Geography, New Monthly Series, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Mar., 1888): 117-134. The passage here concerns a trip that M’Carthy made to the northwest of Siam, into the area of what is today Laos.