On our last day in Yangon we took the ferry across the Yangon River to Dhala. Before leaving the hotel to catch the ferry, our guide Lily applied thanaka paste to our faces. The paste is made by grinding the bark of the thanaka tree on a flat, smooth stone with water. The milky yellow liquid dries quickly once it’s applied. Thanaka is valued as a sunscreen and as a beauty product. In rural areas men and women apply it on their arms, legs and faces to prevent sunburn and sun damage. Urban female office workers who spend less time in the sun wear thanaka for its beauty and cosmetic purposes.
We walked past a street market on our way to the ferry.
I was in awe of this boy reading to other children in the ferry waiting area. They were engaged in the story and not running around. I kept thinking I’d never see this in the U.S.A.
The ferry arrived and the passengers were ready to depart.
More on the next post: Dhala 2.