Ayeyarwady Region is a division of Myanmar, occupying the delta region of the Ayeyarwady River (formerly the Irrawaddy River). It is bordered by Bago Region to the north, Bago Region and Yangon Region to the east, and the Bay of Bengal to the south and west. It is contiguous with the Rakhine State in the northwest. The Region lies between north latitude 15° 40′ and 18° 30′ approximately and between cast longitude 94° 15′ and 96° 15′. It has an area of 13,566 sq-miles. The population is over 6.5 million, making it the most populous of Myanmar’s states and divisions. The average population density per sq mile is 466 persons.Relaxing spots like NgweSaung Beach and ChaungTha Beach lies in this region. These beaches are along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is about only 4 hrs drive from Yangon, and easily accessible by car. Those beached are beautifully located between the sea and the lower hills of Rakhine range.
Pathein is a city and the capital of AyeyarwadyRegion, Myanmar. Lying at the western edge of the Ayeyarwady river delta, on the Pathein (Ngawan) River 190 km west of Yangon, Pathein is accessible to large vessels and despite its distance from the ocean, it is the most important delta port outside of Yangon. It is also the terminus of a branch of the main railroad line. The town is a rice-milling and export center. The British built a fort and established a garrison in 1826, after the First Anglo-Burmese War.Pathein is now a peaceful little town with a scenic waterfront, many Buddhist temples, and Pathein umbrella workshops. The colourful hand-made umbrellas made in Pathein are famous in Myanmar.Although once part of the Mon kingdom, Pathein has few ethnic Mon residents today. There are sizeable minorities of Karen and Rakhine.