190km and four hours from Yangon, Pathein sits in the Irrawaddy Delta, visited for centuries by Arabs, Bengalis, Portugese and more. Not so many foreigners visit these days, and those that do are often headed onwards to the beach.
The town of 250,000 shows many signs of Pathein’s importance as a trading post, both past and present. Barges, passenger ferries, long boats, fishing boats and freighters criss-cross the Pathein River, people and goods bound for the provinces or the local market and Chinese go-downs.
In a country blessed with superb historic sites, this sleepy-busy town boasts….parasol workshops!