Photo: The famous umbrellas of Pathein.

Pathein market

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If Pathein is a wandering around, soak-up-the-atmosphere kind of town, then the lively central market and vibrant waterfront are the places to do precisely that.



The market and river in the background

The market and river in the background

The covered market, known locally as Myoma market, is located between Merchant Street and Strand Road and backs on to the Bassein, or Gnawun, river. It is relatively small, but having done a loop round the market, do carry on along the riverside for more picturesque and colourful action. In the evening, when the main market closes down, riverside Strand Road becomes a lively night market.

The market itself is divided into two parts by a rather grubby channel traversed by several wooden foot bridges, which themselves provide good vantage points and photo stops — albeit not fragrant ones. The goods are the usual selection of household products, dry goods, clothes and Delta fruit and veggies, but you’ll also see various strolling vendors in and around the market with plenty of appetising local treats for sale.

Delta produce

Delta produce.

Since few foreign visitors make it out to Pathein, you may be something of a novelty in the market, and anyone with the least smattering of English will want to try it out on you. You may not make many purchases but you’ll certainly make lots of new friends and while you may take plenty of photos, you’ll appear in plenty of vendor selfies too.

Local snacks

Local snacks.

Across the road from the market, on the embankment, is a conveniently placed cafe overlooking the river. This is a top spot to refresh yourself and get a good view of the river action after your market tour. Pathein is the Delta’s largest town and a commercial and transport hub, so the river itself is a non-stop spectacle of all shapes and sizes of boats going every which way, with all kinds of goods — and people from all over the place – being disgorged at the quays and jetties.

Old building between Merchant and Strand Roads

Old building between Merchant and Strand.

Once all the river activity begins to wind down, locals themselves start to unwind with snacks and drinks at the evening stalls. The market is open Mondays to Saturdays, with mornings the busiest and best time to visit. The waterfront activity goes on from dawn till dusk.



Pathein market
Between Merchant St and Strand Rd, Pathein
Mon-Sat, morning visit best
Admission: Free

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Location map for Pathein market


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