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Explore Pathein - The major city of the Ayeyarwady Delta region on a next trip to Myanmar Explore Pathein - The major city of the Ayeyarwady Delta region on a next trip to Myanmar

Explore Pathein – The major city of the Ayeyarwady Delta region on a next trip to Myanmar

Explore Pathein – The major city of the Ayeyarwady Delta region on a next trip to Myanmar

 
A Brief story of Pathein

Pathein is the fourth largest city in Myanmar and the major city of the Ayeyarwady Delta region, the rice bowl of Myanmar. Pathein is thought to date from at least the 12th Century. The first Englishman to set foot in Myanmar, merchant trader Ralph Fitch, landed here in 1583 when it was the Mon town of Kaw Thamain. The town grew prosperous during the British Colonial period with ships calling from India and South East Asia.

The city’s current name is thought to be a corruption of ‘Pathi’, the Burmese word for Muslim – many Arab and Indian Muslim traders passed through here. Today Pathein is best known for the production of fine sun parasols, known as ‘Pathein Hti’ and the Middle Western inspired sweet, Halawa.

Pathein has various rice sawmills and umbrella workshops beside some rice mills. The colorful handmade umbrellas make Pathein famous through Myanmar.This city is also worldwide known for its pottery and garish hand-made products such as baskets and buckets. In addition to, the cultivation of sesames, groundnuts, jute, corns, pulses, tobacco is popular in surrounding areas.

Pathein – the city

Famous for its workshops that produce colourful, hand-painted parasols, Pathein is also the most important Irrawaddy Delta port outside of Yangon.

Pathein is host to a number of picturesque tree-lined lanes and ramshackle colonial buildings, as well as a charming riverfront with teahouses and restaurants specialising in fresh seafood. The main hubs of activity are the central market and the famous Shwemokhtaw Pagoda, which are located next to each other near the riverfront.

the famous Shwemokhtaw Pagoda, which are located next to each other near the riverfront.

A Visa- and Mastercard-ready CB Bank ATM can be found next to the central market, at the corner of Shwe Pagoda and Merchant streets.

Mawdin

Pathein is the access point for the holy Buddhist site of Mawdin (Maw Tin). At Mawdin Point, where the Bay of Bengal meets the Andaman Sea, you will find the Phaung Daw U pagoda jutting out to sea and the Mawtinsoun Pagoda, located on a nearby hilltop and offering views of the area. In early March, Mawdin hosts the famed and hugely popular Mawdin Zun Payar Ceremony.

There are daily boats from Pathein and the journey by river takes 6 to 8 hours (tickets are K3500); the road journey takes 5 to 6 hours. Monasteries provide the only accommodation in Mawdin.

How to get there

The journey time is about four hours from Yangon. Accommodation in Pathein is of a poor standard so we recommend that you stay at the nearby beach resorts of Ngwe Saung or Chaungtha. The main sites of Pathein can visited in a full day trip from either beach resort or, at cheaper cost, en-route between Yangon and either resort.

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