Paukan is the ancient name of Bagan, the
old city of two thousand temples on the bank
of the Ayeyarwaddy River. This ancient
capital, seat of the First Myanmar Empire, is a
treasure to the people of Myanmar.
Throughout the century of their existence,
the temples remain a place of living worship,
maintained by donations from royalty and
RV Paukan was built in 2007 at the Myanmar
Shipyards in Yangon for Ayravata Cruises.
The Yangon River and its dockyards were
commented upon over two hundred years
ago as "the most favourable river in the world
for naval architecture" by the first British
envoy to Myanmar Captain Michael Symes
of His Britannic Majesty's 7th Regiment who
arrived in Yangon in February of 1795.
The lovely Paukan is a boutique hotel on the
river, beautifully furnished with a unique
combination of modern and traditional
motifs. The timber-walled cabins are
furnished with colonial style cupboards,
dresser and doors while the ceiling is
traditional Myanmar. The single or double
beds are proper and comfortable ones and
not mere bunks, enough room for 55
passengers who will be looked after by a 30-member crew.
For luxury-living, Paukan has suites, deluxe
or superior cabins as well as singles for guest
or guides. There are two massage rooms on
the lower deck offering traditional Myanmar
massage designed to give soothing
The sun deck has a stage for cultural
performances, and a bar and lounge for
relaxation and fun. The upper deck has a
lecture / movie room with LCD projector and
LCD TV screen.
Meals in the dining room on the main deck
will include both East and West cuisine, and
dinner menus of delicious dishes. Vegetarian
meals can be prepared when informed in
advance. The price is inclusive of all meals, sightseeing tours and entrance fees at monuments.
The Ayravata Cruises is proud to have
Paukan as another member to their family
and is confident that she will please her
guests in the same manner as her sister ship,