Launched in 2015, the lovely Paukan Princess is a charming floating hotel. The 200-ft-long, 36-guest river vessel is the first luxury ship able to cruise the entire length of Myanmar’s famed Irrawaddy River, up to the scenic and peaceful city of Bhamo in the Kachin State, in the northernmost part of the country. Bhamo is the uppermost navigable point for a vessel of this size ‒ even during the December to May low water season ‒ due to her extremely shallow draft, which enables you to discover the hard-to-reach places in this region.
The ship’s 18, spacious and luxurious, twin and double cabins ‒ 12 on the Main Deck and six on the Upper Deck ‒ are furnished with colonial style amenities accented with a traditional Myanmar touch.
Lined with teakwood and decorated with local handicrafts, each has air-conditioning, a modern en-suite bathroom with a hot water shower, and a private French balcony with a sliding picture-window that allows you to observe the resplendent scenery and daily life alongside the Irrawaddy River.
Life On Board
This gorgeous cruise ship is a compact yet elegant vessel made of teak with a hull of marine steel. The Paukan Princess comprises four decks: the Lower Deck, the Main Deck, the Upper Deck, and the Sun Deck. The Lower Deck has two massage rooms offering traditional Burmese massage, designed to target the pressure points as well as focusing on energy spots to restore your equilibrium and wellbeing.
The Upper Deck is home to the dining room, where you can enjoy a varied and delicious menu of both Burmese cuisine and international dishes prepared by the on-board chefs. The Sun Deck presents a stage for on-board activities including cultural performances, as well as an outdoor bar, and a lounge. A gym center and a gallery can also be found on board. You can look forward to efficient and thoughtful service delivered by the hospitable crew.
The Irrawaddy River is Myanmar’s lifeline and an essential element of Burmese history, culture and economy. A commercial waterway for centuries, providing irrigation for agriculture, water for drinking and washing and even a spiritual link between villages, the banks of the river are busy with communities who farm or fish for a living.
On-shore excursions in the company of knowledgeable guides will take you on an astonishing exploration of Myanmar’s many interesting destinations. Each day will prove to be a wonderful opportunity for discovering a new land and learning new things, witnessing the people and the history of this fascinating country.
Your Paukan Princess Cruise will give you and your family, or friends, the opportunity to see authentic Burmese life as well as some of Myanmar’s most important heritage sites and the cities that sit close to the water – Bagan and Mandalay to name but two.
Suites & Cabins
Main Deck Cabin
The main deck cabins feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors/ windows for guests to enjoy the fantastic oceanic view. Guests can also unwind on the balcony sitting area after the day's activities. The cabin features a desk, individual climate control, and an in-room safe.
Upper Deck Cabin
Enjoy the majestic passing scenery from these cabins that feature a balcony with a sitting area. The room also features a desk where you can work with a great view through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms feature various amenities and a hairdryer.