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Why Pathein (Bassein) is special ?
Capital city of the delta region and the gate way to Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung beach. This port of call is easily reached by road or by cruise through the complex Ayeyarwady river. As Ayeyarwady Division is known as the rice bowl of the country the landscapes are predominately rice fields with other colorful crops such as sesames, groundnuts, jute, maze, pulses, tobacco, chilies etc. Pathein is well known by it production of unique parasol locally call "Pathein Hti". Pathein - situated in the Ayeyawadd y Delta about 190 km west of Yangon is the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division and the port of Pathein is noted for the taste of its speciality Pathein Halawar. It is well-known for its Pathein umbrella and pottery. Chaung-tha Beach is only 40 km west of Pathein.
What to explore at Pathein (Bassein)?
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.
To foreign travellers, Pathein is best known for its hand-made parasols, which truly are beautiful. A visit to a local workshop can be done easily from town, and will surely be the highlight of your visit. Colours, shapes, sizes and hand-painted designs vary and if you decide to buy one, it'll serve as an excellent memento of your travels through Burma.
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.
How to get to Pathein (Bassein)?
From Yangon – There are daily trains but the journey is extremely slow; taking the bus is a better alternative.
You can get to Pathein by boat from Yangon, and it makes for an interesting (but slow) journey through the Irrawaddy Delta. The journey takes around 20 hours.
Take bus from Yangon to Pathein with departure hours at 7:00. 9:00, 10:00am with 13$ for 3 hours.
- Best way to discover the countryside of Yangon
- A place to escape from bustle and hustle of city
- Relaxing and peaceful place
- Good spot to hang out
- Capital city of the delta region
Tips for you
I can surely recommend ,that Pathein is the perfect place to make boat trip along Pathein river to see the local minority "Karen" villages around . Very friendly people and nice mangrove scenery while taking the boat along. Real green paddy fields are gorgeous ! find out at Nwe Pammwaddy Hotel on Min Gyi Road ,Pathein. They have information papers and a good guide.