RV Paukan

Irrawaddy River, Burma

At a Glance

  • Take either a 2 night or 1 night trip to fit well into your itinerary

  • Built in 2007 it is one of the newer boats on the river

  • Delicious food from both the East and the West served on board

  • One of the smallest boats on the river giving excellent service

  • Maximum 55 passengers with over 30 crew

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The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.

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Description

RV Paukan has all the charms of a boutique hotel whilst allowing you to travel between beautiful Bagan and the culturally important Mandalay in style. One of the smallest boats on the river, attention to detail is key and service is excellent.

Built in 2007, the RV Paukan is a charming cruising boutique hotel that plies the waters from Bagan to Mandalay. Accommodating up to 55 passengers, looked after by a crew of 30, each of the teak-walled cabins and suites are furnished in colonial and traditional Myanmar style. We recommend the Deluxe Cabins which come with a French balcony and sliding windows for spectacular views of the river, or splash out on one of the beautiful Suites at the bow. Whilst on-board, you can dine in style at the restaurant, have a drink in the Saloon Bar, watch the world go by from the sundeck or relax with a Burmese-style massage.

Meals in the dining room on the main deck will include both Eastern and Western cuisine, and dinner menus of delicious dishes. There are two massage rooms on the lower deck offering traditional Myanmar massage designed to give soothing relaxation. The sun deck has a stage for cultural performances, and a bar and lounge for relaxation and fun.

A charming vessel, the RV Paukan offer a number of short cruises which allow guests to experience a cruise along the Irrawaddy in comfort.

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Accommodation

RV Paukan has 29 en-suite cabins positioned throughout three decks. On the upper deck, there are 14 Deluxe cabins and two Bow suites with more space and prime views. On the main deck, there are 10 Superior cabins with twin beds. There are three single cabins on the lower deck. The cabins are sophisticated in style with traditional Burmese motifs and elements of colonial style.

Experiences

  • Archaeology Tour of Bagan

    A full-day experience, with an expert on-hand, exploring one of Asia’s most striking archaeological sites. Bagan’s architectural wonders include the famous Ananda and Shwezigon pagodas, showcasing Burma’s legendary kings and the country’s glorious culture

  • Bagan Balloon Experience

    Serenely float over Bagan’s remarkable temples in a hot air balloon at sunrise and appreciate the sheer scale of these archaeological wonders while watching the Irrawaddy River flow far below.

  • Bagan Cooking Class

    A fantastic half-day insight into Burmese cookery exploring local food with a local and highly experienced chef. From shopping at the market, to cooking and plating up, this is a truly unique experience.

  • Bagan Village Biking

    Hop on a bicycle for a unique and memorable day in Bagan’s countryside. A slow-paced journey through narrow lanes reveals a land of farms, rolling hills and tiny villages, much unchanged over the centuries.

  • Cycle Mandalay

    Pedal your way through the outskirts of Mandalay on this half-day guided excursion for a chance to see a different side of the city. Pass through small villages, monasteries and temples and visit a local market while stopping chat with locals.

  • Discover Mandalay and Mingun

    This thrilling full-day tour showcases the best of Mandalay and Mingun and involves ascending Mandalay Hill for a bird's-eye view of the city below, exploring the former Royal Capital’s temple and cruising up the Irrawaddy River for a visit to Mingun.

  • Half Day Local Colour Tour, Bagan

    Experience a taste of local Burmese life and see the world from a local’s point of view by visiting neighbourhoods barely touched by the modern world and mixing with the locals at Nyaung U Market.

  • Introduction to Bagan

    Discover the very best of Bagan, from exploring the finest temples to watching traditional craftsmen produce beautiful lacquerware and cruising along the Irrawaddy River. Further insights into local neighbourhoods also reveal age-old traditions, hidden temples and unique cave temples.

  • Irrawaddy Sunset Cocktail Cruise

    A glorious sunset cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River, cocktail in hand. This is a unique way to appreciate Bagan’s incredible temples from afar and an opportunity to see scenes of daily life play out on Burma’s largest waterway.

  • Mandalay Hill and Environs

    The last royal capital of Myanmar comes to life with this half-day guided tour of the main heritage sites of Mandalay. Visit the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda and climb Mandalay Hill for views over the countryside.

  • Mandalay Nights by Motorbike

    During this exciting night-time tour, you’ll travel like a local, on the back of a motorbike, taking in the evening scenery, meeting friendly locals and stopping at markets, restaurants and bars perhaps to try some crispy duck and a frosty local beer.

  • Mandalay's Royal Capitals

    This is a full-day tour exploring Burma’s iconic and glorious royal capitals, including Sagaing, a spiritual centre, explore the former capital of Ava by horse cart and stop in Amarapura for a walk along the iconic U Bein Bridge.

  • Morning in Mandalay

    This half-day guided tour takes in the morning activities of Mandalay’s residents. Join Buddhist worshipers at a local temple, witness the timeless procession of monks collecting alms and venture through the colourful, busy morning market for breakfast.

  • Mount Popa & Salay Tour

    The chance to learn about Myanmar’s tradition of spirit worship at Mount Popa, to explore Salay, a famous Buddhist centre with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.

  • Pakokku by Bicycle

    Cycle to Pakokku, just beyond Bagan’s famous pagodas, and discover beautiful rural villages, local markets and farms that line the Irrawaddy River, all brimming with traditional ways of life. Afterwards, return to historic Bagan along the river, aboard pr

  • Swe Daw Lay Su Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of King Anawrahta and visit four sacred and photogenic sites around Bagan (Shwezigon, Tu Yin Taung, Lawka Nandar and Tant Kyi Taung), where local pilgrims flock.

  • Tant Kyi Pagoda Adventure

    Adventure away from Bagan’s busy centre and travel by boat and jeep to the hilltop pagoda of Tant Kyi, a little-known gem on the western banks of the Irrawaddy River. Views, the chance to mix with Burmese pilgrims and a memorable experience awaits.

  • Trading Jade in Mandalay

    This half-day tour takes in the wonderful Jade Market in Mandalay. A truly authentic market, where tourists are the minority, the market brings together local, Chinese, Indian and Thai traders.

Location & directions

Irrawaddy River, Burma

Cruises run between the royal city of Mandalay, and the ancient capital of Bagan on the Ayeyarwady River.

How to get there

Cruises aboard RV Paukan begin at either Bagan Aye Yar jetty in Bagan, or Sagaing jetty in Mandalay.

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