At a Glance
- Traditional cruise sailing along Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan and vice versa
- Unique in that the Paukan offers one or two day cruises whereas the traditional journeys take three or four days
- Simple, yet charming cabins on board
The RV Paukan is based on its predecessor, which was launched in 1947, yet it is fitted with all the trimmings of a modern boutique hotel. It has refreshingly kept the old-world-charm in the shape of teak-panelled walls, wicker chairs and Burmese artwork and furnishings. The Paukan is unique in that it has short one and two night journeys between Mandalay and Bagan meaning you can maximise your time in other areas on a tailor-made journey.
The Paukan can take 55 passengers, served by over 30 members of staff ensuring the service standards are great. The promenade goes around the outside of the vessel, very much like the old fashioned Nile cruisers.
For single travellers, they offer very small cabins on the lower deck, but be aware they are only 10 square metres. On the Main Deck you find the Standard Cabins, which at 16 square metres are still pretty pokey and come with twin beds. The Deluxe Cabins are located on the Upper Deck, and we suggest booking these. At 21 square metres, you get far more space, and they have the added bonus of a Juliet balcony. The Suite Cabins, which at 40 square metres are the largest on the boat and are located in the bow of the Paukan maximising the quality of the views from the Juliet balcony.
The Dining Room is located on the Main Deck, where you sit down for buffet breakfasts and lunches, with dinner being table d’hôte. They offer a mixture of Asian and Western dishes. On the top deck you find the outdoor lounge, which is partly shaded to avoid the heat of the day. There is also Saloon Bar, complete with rattan sofas and they serve a variety of drinks. There are two treatment on the Lower Deck offering massages.