Traditional Myanmar Face Paste Now Cool in Thailand

BANGKOK — A traditional skincare ingredient has taken a seldom-traveled road — from Myanmar to Thailand. It is rare for a Myanmar trend to cross the Thai border. But thanaka has found its way and taken hold of at least two cosmetics makers in the kingdom. Thanaka is a traditional paste made from ground bark […]

Thai finance firm Group Lease to buy Myanmar microfinance business

Thai motorcycle lessor Group Lease PCL plans to buy 71.9 percent of BG Microfinance Myanmar from Sri Lanka’s Commercial Credit and Finance PLC for an unspecified amount, to take advantage of rising microfinance demand in Southeast Asia. Through the deal, Group Lease will expand its regional presence, adding Myanmar to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia, […]