Click on title to view photo in large format: Shop owner at the Scott Market in Yangon, Myanmar, applies traditional Thanakha paste to her face. Made by grinding branches of the Thanakha tree into a powder and then adding water, the paste is used as a protection from the sun and as an enhancement to beauty. Though men are also occasionally seen wearing Thanakha, it is more commonly used by women and and children. It remains to be seen whether this practice will fade as Myanmar fully emerges as a democratic, modern country, but for the moment its use is still widespread in the cities and countryside. This was just one of many magical sights seen during my Myanmar Explorer Cruise/Tour with Viking River Cruises.