© Ellen Barone.
The friendly faces of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are often brightened by a coat of thanaka. Obtained from the thanaka bark and ground into a paste, it provides a natural sun-block and helps keep the skin cool and dry when applied.
Please Note: In September 2007, there were violent clashes between protestors and Burmese forces and the situation in Myanmar remains unsettled. Visitors would be wise to exercise caution, avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and avoid taking photographs or videos of the military, the police or demonstrations.