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It's beautiful to ride the bike and cross villages admist of coconut trees, following quiet paths and reach small fishermen villages set down on a paradise empty beach.
This man is a cycle rickshaw driver watching at the sea and resting a while where the road ends.

THANAKHA - The Myanmar Natural Make-up
When you walk around in any part of Myanmar, you will find some people with patches of a kind of make-up their both cheeks. That is Myanmar natural make-up, "thanakha", which is obtained from "thanakha" bark, a kind of scented wood found in the Dry Zone in Upper Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the youngsters-both boys and girls-and ladies have a tradition of putting " thanakha" on their faces every day. Since their childhood, their grandmothers told them the importance of putting "thanakha" on their faces every morning if they wanted to be a beauty when they grew up.

Myanmar people immensely admire the"thanakha" not only for its use in beautifying the face but also for its medical value. It has anti-fungal activity and anti-aging effect. It is a blessing to cure skin irritation in the tropics.

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