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Myanmar > Pictures and travelogues > Teak, fish industry, and road construction in Myanmar

Mixed views from the economy life in Myanmar: teak, fish freezing, and asphalt craft paving. 

Transport of teak logs on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar
Transport of teak logs on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Like gemstones, teak (tectona grandis) is one of the main natural resources of Myanmar. Teak wood has admirable properties: golden colour, fine texture, very good durability, resistance, and workability. Teak wood has been used as a boatbuilding material since ancient times. It is also used for the manufacture of furniture and the construction of buildings. Actually, its uses are virtually endless. Teak is one of the most important and valuable hardwoods in the world. 

Natural teak forests are found primarily on the mountains of Myanmar which produces the best quality teak. The Burmese make a circular incision (girdling) in the tree so that it dries before they cut it.

Teak plantations have been developed in Myanmar and in many other countries in the world in order to offset the decline in natural forests. Teak trees demand a well-drained soil and plenty of light. Indonesia and Myanmar are by far the major producers of teak wood in the world.

The Irrawaddy River that crosses Myanmar from North to South is the usual conveyance of teak logs in Myanmar.

Fish freezing workshop in Myanmar
Fish freezing workshop near Ngapali in Myanmar.

To the South of Ngapali in Rakhine State (West of Myanmar), fishing villages are very busy. A workshop freezes fish. It provides several women with a job while men worked on fishing boats.

Craft paving of a road in Myanmar
Craft paving of a road in the countryside near Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar.

While heavy barrels of bitumen are heated on-site, liquefied bitumen is widespread on aggregate with a kind of watering can. Then, women bring sand in a wicker tray and sprinkle it on the asphalt. 


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Myanmar > Pictures and travelogues > Thanaka in Myanmar
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Mixed views from the economy life in Myanmar: teak, fish freezing, and asphalt craft paving. Comprehensive travel guide to Myanmar with 200 great pictures.