Ayeyarwady Region (Burmese: ဧရာဝတီတိုင်းဒေသကြီး, pronounced [ʔèjàwədì táiɴ dèθa̰ dʑí], S’gaw Karen: ထံထၣ်စွ့; formerly Ayeyarwady Division and Irrawaddy Division), is a region of Myanmar, occupying the delta region of the Ayeyarwady River (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 approximately latitude 15° 40′ and 18° 30′ north and between longitude 94° 15′ and 96° 15′ east. It has an area of 35,140 square kilometres (13,566 sq mi). The population is more than 6.5 million, making it the most populous of Burma’s states and regions. According to the 2014 Burmese National Census the population of the Ayeyarwady Region was 6,184,829.
Ayeyarwady Region is flanked by the Rakhine Yoma (Arakan Mountains) range in the west. Large areas have been cleared for paddy cultivation, leading to its preeminent position as the main rice producer in the country, a position it has retained into the 21st century.
The capital city of Ayeyarwady division is Pathein.
Chaungtha Beach and Ngwesaung Beach are popular resorts for both foreigners and the Burmese. They are in the west of the Ayeyarwady Region, an hour from Pathein city and four hours from Yangon city by road.