September 23, 2014 Tooktik2805

Traditions & Beliefs | Thanaka


With a fragrance like sandalwood, Thanaka is a traditional cosmetic in Myanmar. Women of many classes and ethnicities apply Thanaka in intricate and beautiful patterns on their cheeks.

Thanaka is made from the wood, bark and roots of Thanaka trees and Wood Apple trees that are no less than 35 years old. It is believed to aid with sunburns, acne, and smoother skin.

When you visit our destinations in Myanmar don’t be surprised to see this unique cosmetic and even try some! Who knows…you might make some new friends in the process!