Unloading charcoal to be sold at the market in Dala, a small village across the river from downtown Yangon, Myanmar. In an attempt to slow down deforestation, the production of charcoal has been restricted in some regions of the country. Charcoal use in the cities is decreasing, as the new democratic government has made great strides to production and access to electricity. However, it is still widely used for cooking and heating purposes in most rural areas, where electrical infrastructure has yet to be developed. Other than charcoal and wood, no alternative energy sources are as yet available in Myanmar. This was just one of many magical sights seen during my Myanmar Explorer Cruise/Tour with Viking River Cruises.