Travel To Pathein
Travel To Pathein
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We offer boat tours around Pathein and all over delta area. Mini River Cruise Service is coming up at the beginning of Jan 2019. We would like to help you , showing around local Karen and Burmese Villages along Pathein River (Nga Wun River). Local homemade lunch will be offered during the tour and untoched farmers' villages will make you superise and amazed. Please visit our new office on the strand road and get some ideas of travelling around delta. Wildlife Spotting tours are available , starting from Jan 2019.
Pathein, Myanmar

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versloth
London, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We met Soe at 8am to begin the short motor bike ride to a village 8km outside of Pathien to get to the boat that was to take us around the delta for the day. Soe had brought along his understudy a 21 year old currently studying English at the University of Pathien who hopes to also become a tour guide.

During the day we visited two Karen villages and one Burmese village. Each of the stops included tea at a locals house as well as a middle stop at the boat drivers house where his wife cooked us a lovely traditional Burmese meal. The food which we had purchased that morning with Soe at the local market was delicious and will be by far the best Burmese food we will have this trip. The stops also presented an opportunity for us to talk with locals via translation from Soe something that we would have never been able to do without this tour.

On returning to Pathien we did a motor bike tour through the city driving past many old colonial buildings as well as the prison before stopping off at 2 parasol workshops. Sadly during the wet season production isn't at its highest but it was still certainly worth a visit.

The English of both our guides was extremely good and their knowledge of Myanmar was impeccable! I would certainly recommend getting in contact with Soe should you come to Pathien.

Written July 25, 2016
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Patrick S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
We stayed 2 days in Pathein and stayed at The First hotel, which passed us on to a local boat man. He showed us the riverside and fishing villages which was very enjoyable and not expensive at all (15000 Khyat for 2 people and almost 4 hours). We also walked through some of the villages and were greeted nicely and invited by the inhabitants into their home. Visiting the umbrella factory Shwe Sar was great, we bought 4 beautiful umbrellas! There are almost no tourists in the city and everybody waved at us and greeted us warmly.
There is a good local night market with many burmese sweets. We ate 3 times in the Topstar Restaurant at the riverside :)
Written February 7, 2018
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Arunverma
Amritsar, India2,331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Both my wife and I visited this place last year. I was born in Pathein (Bassein) Pathein, formerly called Bassein, is the largest city and the capital of the Ayeyarwady Region, Burma. It is located 190 km (120 mi) west of Rangoon on the bank of the Pathenia River (Bassein), which is a western branch of the  Irrawaddy River. The parasol of Bassein are very famous throughout the world.

Written February 6, 2018
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Rhoda D
Perth, Australia81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Soe Moe was unable to come with us (2 ladies aged 48 and 58)on this trip but he sent 21 Thet who was a fantastic translator and communicator. His enthusiastic youth was most enjoyable.

We were picked up around 8am and went to Shwe Sar to watch the umbrellas being made. They were lovely and I bought 2.

Then we drove to the jetty to get on our boat. It was a long boat with a typical motor. We sat on milled rice in bags which was comfy. We leaned against the rolled up mattress which we put along the side of the wooden boat to support our backs. Then bent our knees to fit into the boat.
There was a cover over the boat for sun and wind protection.

Take note.. this is not the comfy boat rides from Inle Lake.

It was great being on the river and chanels and watching river life with the breeze in our hair.

We visited first a Karen Christian village which was muddy as the river tide goes up and down. This was good. We visited the pre schoolers.

Then we popped into the Karen Buddist village and walked around. It was the same setting.

Then we popped back to the first village and walked through paddy fields to reach the house where Mrs Dew had made us a very delicious lunch. We sat on the floor around a low table set with bowls of rice to which we added the other food to it. It was a great meal and a highlight.

While there, an uncle dropped in and he was full of life. He invited us to his place for coconuts and was excited when we agreed. Off we went across the rice fields again.

We arrived at the first house and chatted with the family there. Uncle kept pointing out photos to take and i was very happy to click away and help them use my camera.

I used the outdoor squat loo here and climbed on the squat loo bench on two stumps. A curtain made the doorway. I'm tall so I had to watch my head. It was a good loo.

Then we watched as Uncles nephew climbed a tree and got 3 coconuts which we drank from and ate.

Next was visiting 2 more houses which were just as welcoming.

We were running late and headed up the river for 3 hours to our first night stop. We were stiff at the end of the trip and happy to be on dry land. We clambered up the jetty to meet the family waiting for us. We were all a bit awkward here.
We went to the kitchen to watch them cook and vhatted with them.
Dinner was served on the low table and we sat on the floor. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed it.

After dinner, we sat on the floor and chatted with the family for an hour or so and chatted. This was enjoyable.
At bedtime, we went to the outdoor squat loo with torches. Hit my head twice.
We slept in the front room with one mosquito netting for me girls and ine for the boys.

My friend and I laid the 5cm thick mattress horizontal. Added blankets to the pillows which we had brought to make the pillow higher. Then lay under the blankets provided. Our soft western musles protested at our treatment of them. Still, i slept well enough and we were up at 6am and back in the boat by 7am.

We went to a township for breakfast and wandered for several hours through the markets and buying dinner ingredients.
After vising the pagoda, we were starting to get hot so returned the boat. We sent Thet off to bring back a picnic rice lunch and mandarines. Delicious. The only think about the town is the build up of rubbish around the jetty.

We were in the boat for a couple of hours and i managed to arrange myself into a lying down position but then nodded off.
I was awake in time for us to dock on the beach with hard sand. So an easy disembarking.

We were greated enthusiastically on the beach and walked the short distance to the cement and tile house we were staying in. Chairs were set out for us green tea offered. The loo was a step up loo attached to the house.
After a break, we went on a tour of the town and the master of the house was our guide. We walked to the monastry and paddy fields and attracted a large gathering of followers who we shared laughter and stories through Thet.

After returning to the house, I went on a motorbike ride with Thet to the pafdy fields and Jetty where i conversed some more.

When we returned ti the house I was met by the lady of the house and she took me to her shower.. how glorious! It was a proper shower with cold water and not the bucket from a pot sort.
Very refreshing. As a gift I gave the lady an umbrella. The family was happy and we formed a relationship of stories and laughter. After dinner.. delicious again, the husband joined us this time and the ladies sat round the table with us.

After dinner, the men disappeared and we ladies sat around chatting with Thet interpreting. Women and children came and went and at one stage there was a group of 10 of us.

The men returned and I sent photos to the phone of the son via bluetooth.

Then my friend pulled out cards and they played fish. Then the men got serious and played 21.
At bedtime one big mosquito bet was set o for the 4 women to sleep under in the floor. We got into bed giggling like children and were soon asleep.

We were up at 3.30 am to get into the boat for the 2 hour trip to the town where we were catching out bus to Yangoon. It was a beautiful ride under the stars.

A tri shaw took us to the bus depot.

The bus was a 4 hour drive to Yangoon and the best that could be organised. My knees hit the back of the seat in front of me. The road was bumpy. The bus was filled to overflowing. The scenary was farming.

The 2 night trip is more suitable to young people. Having said that, it was an adventure I am glad I did. Though uncomfortable, I had a good insight into peoples lives.

Written December 10, 2016
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jedda
Queensland, Australia162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
My husband and I travelled in a small boat with Soe Moe and his boatman for two days, overnighting in a village home and in a monastery. We visited villages and schools and were welcomed into homes and enjoyed typical Burmese meals. The third morning we bussed back to Pathein with Soe Moe and visited the umbrella factory. Meeting every day people in their villages and homes, interacting with the children at schools, eating fresh food prepared by Soe Moe, his boatman and our hosts, watching life along the river were wonderful experiences-ones we will always remember with a special sense that we had a genuinely beautiful, real Myanmar experience. Soe Moe had everything organised well, bought locally in each area- even fresh prawns as the fisherman was collecting them from his nets. We highly recommend Organising a tour with Soe Moe as he tailors your trip to your plans and offers a wide variety of activities.
Written March 25, 2016
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Francis Martino
Hirtshals, Denmark2,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
Worth a visit to this Cathedral in Pathein.Amazing! This building is of great importance since it was the center of the city of Pathein.It will take you 10 min walk to reach the church from City Hall down town.I spend there about an hour.
Written January 9, 2019
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Anette K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Very well written and conducted experience, a brilliant and enormously diverse mix of town and village, water and land, culture and nature. Perfect guide with immaculate English. An impressing day off the beaten track.
Just the little chairs in the boat are not dimensioned for the average European... but that's generally the case in this country...
Written November 25, 2016
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Flyer499526
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
The boat tour to the delta itself and the villages are really great.
But don‘t go with Soe Moe as he is overcharging for the trip. He asked for 60 USD for 2 persons. When we told him that we are three he asked for 15 USD more, stating that the transfer from the hotel to the boat is very long and would cost extra.
Interesting enough that the village where we got on the boat was only 15 min away and we were picked up with a car in which we fitted all three. So how come there were extra cost... considering that lunch is excluded. Overall the cost of the trip was double compared to Inle Lake even though a little shorter.
Soe Moe doesn’t do the trips anymore by himself ... unfortunately our guide wasn‘t very good in English. So the only highlight was our boatman who knew a lot of people in the delta and was very familiar with the area.
Try to find an alternative in advance! Check with the hotel you are staying at ... maybe they can find you a better alternative for a reasonable price. We were at the First Hotel.
Written January 18, 2018
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Hi girls ! It's lovely to read your review on my timeline here and Firstly , let me say thank you very much for your kind review. What did you mean over charge for the trip ? 75$ is expensive ? Do you think so ? Here is the expenses for a boat day tour in Pathein. 1- Licensed Tour Guide Fee = 25$ (just here in delta , in Inle or Mandalay is 40 or 50$ ) 2-Boat rental Fee + Driver and Guide's Food = 30$ 3- Water Bottle for everyone = 3$ 4-Two Way Car Taxi to the starting point village 20$ (I drove myself on that day ) Where is the real profit for me this tour ?? Did you know the real situation ? Did you ask me anything about it ? You said , My guides can not speak good English ? I usually use the licensed tour guides here in my area because so many problems occured here because of liar . You should be very careful when you visit a strange area like Pathein . Pathein is not a tour site itself and I tried hard for 6 years to make tourists to visit my area like today. I tried very hard to promote the tourism sector of my area . I have many tours in the summer because of reviews on trip advisor and other travel guide books. They all mentioned me as a good guide or good management. The things I've done in my life is my prove for this option . I don't want to explain what sort of man I was ,and I am. Qns 2 ----The trip was just 15 mins boat drive ? Ans ; Think twice and be smart for what you've said. The villages my guide brought you were very far from Pathein , from the starting point village. It takes one and half hour for one way. I don't understand why you wrote this on trip advisor. I am not sure how you felt but ,I am feeling very shame of you in stead of other German tourists who visited here for 6 years with me. I am a famous one here and I also have to manage other tours in delta . So I Could'nt be your guide when you visited here. Actually , I am very busy with my wildlife tours to Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife sanctuary trip in Bogale Township. My guide fee is 80$ for that area and I just want you to know that. I am not talking about the price . The boat trip in Pathein is not a good business for me. Many liars and unlicensed guides are trying to rip the travellers off , so I am still offering these kind of tour. I just want to help my trainees and students here who are looking for a chance to make money for their study. Now you are trying to destroy their future with your naughty review. It was fun ? Huhh ? Let me advice you something girls ! You should think twice at least before you write a review if you don't really know about that on tripadvisor. Don't try like now in any other countries ( India , Thainland ,Phukhet) because you will not be safe. Myanmar People are very good natured and warm kind hearted , So don't take advantage of that. Inle area and Mandalay area are touristic places and the accessibility are easier than other places in Myanmar. The expenses are cheaper and competetion are visible. Commission money from the shops where you visits are everwhere. Delta is totally different from Inle Lake and other touristic areas in Myanmar. Anyway , thank for your great review and let the clients read that and choose by themself when they understand so call reliable travel services in my area . Warmly welcome ! Soe Moe Aung Licensed Tour Guide (English) G-9208 Owner of "Travel To Pathein" Ph 09960768868 09422827857
Written January 22, 2018
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Whale_Dreams
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar139 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Business
15/6 a night stay at Pathein Hotel for my business trip.

Surprised to know for the first time AGODA was over Rating a hotel in Myanmar.

When check in asking for internet user and password.

User name:280
Password:XH

Receptionist told that the hotel internet no good, truly can't open any mail and website.

Got a Room 104, the room size less then 200sqm while in AGODA mentioned is 32sqm.

Wall paper very old and dirty.

Under aircon, whole wall was wet and water wet whole floor.

Shower water is a very hard water.

Went out after 1:30pm check in and return around 5:00pm, whole room was full with mosquito.

Hotel didn't do any pest control spray.

So check other on line booking website, all was rated as 3 stars only, but AGODA rated 5 stars.

This hotel was a old hotel and wish hotel to upgrade and maintain.

Wish AGODA do a proper Rating to avoid misleading other Travellers.

Thanks
Written June 17, 2017
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Allen A
Morley, MI702 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
The city is a wonderful place to spend a few days. New riverside market, ATMs, interesting temple, a few riverside bars and a new three story mall with a nice grocery ( with deli and place to eat).

We rode a 1st class bus and it was a wild ride. Truely 3rd world roads.

Saw the countryside and the delta filled with rice fields.

Mini bus are always cramped but the big bus offers full padded seats and only 1 person per seat which is a plus.
Written November 25, 2016
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