A leisurely cruise along the waterways of Myanmar (Burma) is a wonderful way to explore, and the Paukan fleet are among the best cruise operators. There are four Paukan river vessels, with between 16 and 29 cabins.

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The boats take their name from the ancient city of Bagan, which features on most Paukan cruise routes, and the vessels are like floating boutique hotels, offering comfortable cabins, delicious food and polished service. The Paukan boats have been constructed in the style of a colonial river steamer, as per Paukan 1947 - the very first, and oldest of the Paukan fleet.

Timber walled cabins offer double or twin bedding arrangements (no bunks here!), and all air-conditioned cabins are en suite with shower and loo. Single cabins are also available on the Paukan 2007, 2012 and 2014 for solo travellers. Deluxe cabins and suites offer private balconies from which to take in the views of river life as you sail.

Meals are served in the dining rooms, and consist of both local and international dishes. Between meals and excursions, guests can relax on their balconies, or on the large sun deck, enjoying the view with a cool drink. Alternatively, the lounge bar or saloon is a wonderful spot to relax with a good book, in air-conditioned comfort.

Which of the Paukan Fleet you sail on can depend upon the route and dates of travel, but all boats are of a comparable standard, though the newest in the fleet - Paukan 2014 - is a cut above, with suites which would feel at home in an opulent colonial Yangon mansion.


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Other places to stay in Bagan

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

The stylish Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is situated next to the eponymous 10th century gates of Old Bagan - the perfect base from which to explore the amazing ancient temples.

Belmond Road to Mandalay

Belmond Road to Mandalay

Despite the factually incorrect name, this river cruiser operated by Belmond is arguably the best boat plying the waters of the Irrawaddy River.

The Strand Cruise

The Strand Cruise

The sister to The Strand Hotel Yangon, a refurbished colonial landmark in Myanmar’s capital, The Strand Cruise adds some healthy competition to the handful of luxury vessels plying the waters of the Irrawaddy River.

Bagan Lodge exterior

Bagan Lodge

The Bagan Lodge is situated in the ancient city of Bagan, popular for its numerous Buddhist temples and pagodas.


Sanctuary Ananda Cruise

Cruising down the winding rivers of Mayanmar Sanctuary Ananda is a beautiful Burmese cruise boat which takes guests on a tranquil journey, visiting some of Myanmar’s best hidden gems.

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