Situated in the delta of the Ayeyarwady River, Pathein is the most important port for trade in the delta region. The region is the heart of Myanmar’s paddy cultivation industry but Pathein remains a peaceful little town with a scenic waterfront, many Chinese and Myanmar temples and umbrella workshops. The city’s colorful handmade umbrellas are famous all over Myanmar and are traditionally used by monks and nuns. Located some 190 kilometers west of Yangon, Pathein can be reached in three hours by road or by overnight ferry through the alluvial Ayeyarwady delta.
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