Thanaka – Myanmar

As synonyms with Myanmar as the traditional Longyi attire, or the red drool from chewing Betelnut, you will also notice many faces adorned with Thanaka. Generally used by women and children, Thanaka is a thick paste made from ground bark and roots. In the stifling Burmese heat, it’s cooling effect on the skin is quite […]

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Sparkling Pagodas in Mandalay

I thought I’d had my fill of temples in Thailand, but oh boy, was I wrong. The pagodas in Myanmar were something else, particularly in Mandalay where there seems to be an especially high concentration of them! On my first full day that I spent in Mandalay, I trod barefoot across the wooden floorboards of the […]

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