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Paukan Princess

This delightful floating hotel is a luxury riverboat with four decks, 18 cabins and 2 massage rooms.

Overview

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.

Staterooms

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.

Your Journey

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.

Itineraries & Prices

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8-Day
11-Day
11-Day

8 Day / 7 Night - Upper Irrawaddy

itinerary map

Embarkation

PM: Embark the ship at Gawein Jetty in Mandalay between12:00 - 12:30 and cast off after half an hour time.

Welcome cocktail and briefing in the Saloon or Sundeck followed by lunch.

After lunch, we will enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the ex-Royal Capital of Mingun. Our first stop is King Bodawpaya’s monumental and uncompleted stupa. During the construction, an astrologer to the King argued that the Monarch would have died upon completion of the temple, hence the works were immediately halted. Had it been completed; it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks we see are the result of the 23rd March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. We continue our walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until the 2,000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China.

Moor overnight midstream North of Mingun.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day One - Paukan Princess Drone View
Location
Mandalay
Day
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Kyauk Myaung

AM: After breakfast, visit the spectacular pottery-making village of Ngwe Nyein and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times, they played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries.

Sail all day.

PM: Afternoon lecture “Myanmar: Past and Today” & post-dinner Movie show.

Moor overnight mid-stream.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Two - Stoneware by the River Bank
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
2 / 8

Tigyang

AM: Enjoy sailing the whole morning.

ENTERTEINMENT: Tea Leaf and Ginger Salad Demonstration

PM: AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Tigyang (14:00–16:00)

Visit the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views.

Moor overnight at Inn Ywar Village.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Three - Dining Table Set Up
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
3 / 8

Katha

AM: In the morning, visit Katha Elephant Logging Camp located at the edge of the surrounding teak and hardwood forest, once used for the transportation of the Teak logs now they have found themselves “jobless” due to the logging ban but they are still taken care by their Mahout (the elephant caretaker) with the help of government and private funds. We will experience the Mahout bathing and feeding the Elephants. Interesting reading to know more about the close relationship of an elephant to its mahout is George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant”.

PM: Back to the ship for lunch. Sail to Naung Po Village by the entrance of the Irrawaddy 2nd Defile (Gorges) and moor overnight.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Four - Sundeck Lounge
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Second Defile, Kyun Daw & Katha

AM: Sunrise by the entrance of the gorges and cast off. We will sail upstream through the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel till the end of it where we will turn around.

Further downstream we will stop at the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food.

Back to the ship for lunch.

PM: AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Katha (15:00–18:00)

In the afternoon arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days “and the place where in the 1942 hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. Katha had been an important center for the Teak trading since the colonial days. We explore the old streets, a fresh market, the former British Club and the Tennis Court featured in the novel to learn more about how life was here during the British Rule. We then visit what is claimed to be the Bungalow where George Orwell resided, when he was posted here as a policeman, now turned into a small museum. We drive a short distance to visit a Kachin ethnic Village where you will see their traditional houses and learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine

Moor overnight in Katha.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Five - Temple by Irrawaddy River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
5 / 8

Kyuak Pone Village

AM: MORNING EXCURSION: Kyauk Pone

This morning stop at the gorgeous village of Kyauk Pone with its Pagoda located on a hill for a wonderful view of the Irrawaddy River.

Sail the rest of the day.

PM: Afternoon lecture “Buddhism and the meditation practice” & post-dinner Movie show.

Moor overnight midstream.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Six - Kids Playing with their Cow in the Field
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
6 / 8

Kote Tak Village, Irrawaddy Dolphin Protected Area

AM: MORNING EXCURSION: Kote Tak Village

After breakfast, we arrive at Kote Tak Village located in a very nice location at the beginning of the 3rd Defile. We will visit the monastery where we will interact with the Monks and the school children.

PM: AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area (14:30–15:30)

In the late afternoon, stop by the village of Sheinmaga in the Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area. You will board a local small boat to try spotting the dolphins in their natural habitat with the help of some local fishermen, even if not lucky enough to see them popping up it will be anyway an interesting experience the interaction with the local people and the beautiful river scenery.

ENTERTAINMENT: Crew Presentation & Farewell Reception.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Seven - Wildlife on Land
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: Disembarkation at Mandalay Gawein Jetty from 06:00 am onwards.

TRANSFER : Transfer to the Mandalay Int'l Airport or hotel in Mandalay can be arranged at supplement upon request. Pls take note that it takes around 1 hr drive from ship (Gawein) to Mandalay Int'l Airport and 30 minutes to hotel in Mandalay.

Paukan Princess' 8-Day New Upper Irrawaddy - Day Eight - A Small Shrine by the River
Location
Mandalay
Day
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11 Day / 10 Night - Burmese Days - Upriver

itinerary map

Embarkation

PM: Embark the ship at Koe Lone Ye Kin jetty between 11:00 to 12:30 noon. Welcome cocktail and Lunch on board. Safety Briefing and Orientation.

AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Temples of Bagan and Oxcarts ride

After lunch visit a selection of the 2,000 listed pagodas and temples in Bagan. We start visiting one of the famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Built in 1105 CE during King Kyanzittha’s reign, it is one of only four surviving temples from this period. We will explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing north, south, east, and west. We will then pay a visit to Gubyaukgyi Temple. Approximately 900-years-old, this is where you’ll find some of the oldest and best-preserved frescoes in Bagan; they’re also accompanied by ink captions written in the old-style Mon alphabet, providing one of the earliest examples of the language’s use in Myanmar. The visit will be followed by a sunset view of the Bagan plain from Nyaung Letphet viewing mound or the Nan Myint Tower.

ENTERTAINMENT: Puppet Show on the Sundeck.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day One - Paukan Princess on Irrawaddy River
Location
Bagan
Day
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Bagan

AM: In the very early morning, we recommend a Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied).

MORNING EXCURSION: Markets and Temples of Bagan

After breakfast continue the visit to Bagan. Explore first one typical local market selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan products then stop at the ornate Shwezigone Pagoda, one of the country’s most important shrines. And if time permits, photo stop by Htilominlo Temple. Then we will visit a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Lacquerware has been produced in Bagan since the 11th century and continues to play an important role in daily life, especially religious practice. The production process has remained unchanged for centuries, giving a sense of authenticity.

Alternative activity: “FREE and EASY in BAGAN” - Guests can hire a horse cart, a bicycle or an e-bike to explore the site at their own pace.

PM: Back to the ship and cast off. We cruise upstream the whole afternoon.

ENTERTAINMENT: Longyi and Thanaka Demonstration.

Moor overnight midstream.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Stoneware by River Bank
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
2 / 11

Amarapura

AM: Sail the whole morning.

ENTERTAINMENT: Burmese Language Lesson

PM: Amarapura

After Lunch, we travel by coach to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, believed to be the world’s longest (1.2 km) and oldest teakwood bridge. Local sampans wait to take us on a leisurely cruise of the lake while admiring the sunset over the bridge

Moor overnight at Sagaing

ENTERTAINMENT: Post Dinner Dance & Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Three - Locals Washing by the River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Sagaing, Central Mandalay & Mingun

AM: Sagaing and Central Mandalay

After breakfast, we visit Sagaing, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Drive to the top of the Hill to visit Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for a stunning view of the Irrawaddy and across to Mandalay. Proceed then to visit U Min Thoneze Paya, inside a crescent-shaped platform of 45 sitting Buddha images, which appears to repeat infinitely into the distance depending on the angle they are viewed. We will then travel to Central Mandalay to visit Mahamuni Pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha (officials estimate the gold is approximately 15 cm/6 inches thick) followed by a Gold Leaves Making Workshop. If time permits top by the Mandalay Palace Moat for a photoshoot with the background of Mandalay Hill. Back to the ship for lunch.

PM: Mingun

After lunch, we will enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the ex-Royal Capital of Mingun. Our first stop is King Bodawpaya’s monumental and uncompleted stupa. During the construction, an astrologer to the King argued that the Monarch would have died upon completion of the temple, hence the works were immediately halted. Had it been completed; it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks we see are the result of the 23rd March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. We continue our walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until the 2,000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China.

Moor overnight midstream North of Mingun.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Four - Massew Monastry
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
4 / 11

Kyauk Myaung

AM: Ngwe Nyein Pottery Village

After breakfast, visit the spectacular pottery-making village of Ngwe Nyein and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times, they played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. Sail all day.

PM: Afternoon lecture “Myanmar: Past and Today” & post-dinner Movie show.

Moor overnight mid-stream.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Five - Along Chindwin River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
5 / 11

Tigyang

AM: Enjoy sailing the whole morning.

ENTERTAINMENT: Tea Leaf and Ginger Salad Demonstration

PM: Tigyang

Visit the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views.

Moor overnight at Inn Ywar Village.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Six - Local Boat on Chindwin River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
6 / 11

Katha

AM: Elephant Camp

In the morning, visit Katha Elephant Logging Camp located at the edge of the surrounding teak and hardwood forest, once used for the transportation of the Teak logs now they have found themselves “jobless” due to the logging ban but they are still taken care of by their Mahout (the elephant caretaker) with the help of government and private funds. We will experience the Mahout bathing and feeding the Elephants. Interesting reading to know more about the close relationship of an elephant to its mahout is George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant”.

PM: Back to the ship for lunch. Sail to Naung Po Village by the entrance of the Irrawaddy 2nd Defile (Gorges) and moor overnight.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Seven - Ox Cart in a Village
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
7 / 11

Second Defile, Kyun Daw & Katha

AM: 2nd Defile of the Irrawaddy & Kyun Daw

Sunrise by the entrance of the gorges and cast off. We will sail upstream through the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel till the end of it where we will turn around.

Further downstream we will stop at the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food.

Back to the ship for lunch.

PM: Katha

In the afternoon arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days “and the place wherein 1942 hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. Katha had been an important center for Teak trading since the colonial days. We explore the old streets, a fresh market, the former British Club and the Tennis Court featured in the novel to learn more about how life was here during the British Rule. We then visit what is claimed to be the Bungalow where George Orwell resided, when he was posted here as a policeman, now turned into a small museum. We drive a short distance to visit a Kachin ethnic Village where you will see their traditional houses and learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine.

Moor overnight in Katha.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Eight - Peaceful Life by Rice Fields
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
8 / 11

Kyauk Pone Village

AM: Kyauk Pone

This morning stop at the gorgeous village of Kyauk Pone with its Pagoda located on a hill for a wonderful view of the Irrawaddy River.

Sail the rest of the day.

PM: Afternoon lecture “Buddhism and the meditation practice” & post-dinner Movie show.

Moor overnight midstream.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Nine - A Temple in Sagaing
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
9 / 11

Kote Tak Village, Irrawaddy Dolphin Protected Area

AM: Kote Tak Village

After breakfast, we arrive at Kote Tak Village located in a very nice location at the beginning of the 3rd Defile. We will visit the monastery where we will interact with the Monks and the school children.

PM: Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area

In the late afternoon, stop by the village of Sheinmaga in the Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area. You will board a local small boat to try spotting the dolphins in their natural habitat with the help of some local fishermen, even if not lucky enough to see them popping up it will be in any way an interesting experience, the interaction with the local people and the beautiful river scenery.

ENTERTAINMENT: Crew Presentation & Farewell Reception

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Ten - An Old Hidden Temple on The Mountain
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

AM: Disembarkation at Mandalay Gawein Jetty from 06:00 am onwards.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Upriver - Day Eleven - Inside an old Temple
Location
Mandalay
Day
11 / 11
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11 Day / 10 Night - Burmese Days - Downriver

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Embarkation at Gawein Jetty in Mandalay between 10.30 to 11.00.

Welcome cocktail and lunch on board. Safety Briefing and Orientation.

PM: Sagaing & Amarapura

After lunch, we visit Sagaing, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Drive to the top of the Hill to visit Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for a stunning view of the Irrawaddy and across to Mandalay. Proceed then to visit U Min Thoneze Paya, inside a crescent-shaped platform of 45 sitting Buddha images, which appear to repeat infinitely into the distance depending on the angle they are viewed.

We then drive to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U-Bein Bridge, believed to be the world’s longest (1.2 km) and oldest teakwood bridge. Local sampans wait to take us on a leisurely cruise of the lake while admiring the sunset over the bridge

ENTERTAINMENT: Post Dinner Dance & Drama performance by the Mandalay Arts School.

Moor overnight in Sagaing.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day One - Cruising
Location
Mandalay
Day
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Mandalay, Mingun

AM: Central Mandalay

After breakfast, visit Mahamuni Pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha due to the continual application of gold leaves (officials estimate the gold is approximately 15 cm/6 inches thick) and a Gold Leaves Making Workshop. Then we stop at Mandalay Palace Moat for a photoshoot with the background of Mandalay Hill. We continue our visits at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains the world's biggest book as well as the Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung Monastery, the only original monastery left from the Royal era.

Back to the ship for lunch.

PM: Mingun

After lunch, we will enjoy a leisurely walking tour of the small town of Mingun. Our first stop is King Bodawpaya’s monumental and uncompleted stupa. During the construction, an astrologer to the King argued that the Monarch would have died upon completion of the temple, hence the works were immediately halted. Had it been completed; it would have been the largest in the world. The cracks we see are the result of the 23rd March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. We continue our walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until the 2,000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. Moor overnight at midstream North of Mandalay.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Two - An Empty Ferry along Chindwin River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
2 / 11

Kyauk Myaung

AM: Ngwe Nyein Pottery Village.

After breakfast, visit the spectacular pottery-making village of Ngwe Nyein and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times, they played an important part in maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. Sail all day.

PM: Burmese Language Lesson. Moor overnight mid-stream.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Three - Locals Life by the River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
3 / 11

Tigyang

AM: Enjoy sailing the whole morning.

ENTERTAINMENT: Tea Leaf and Ginger Salad Demonstration

PM: Tigyang

Visit the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views.

Moor overnight at Inn Ywar Village.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Four - Staff
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
4 / 11

Katha

AM: Elephant Camp

In the morning, visit Katha Elephant Logging Camp located at the edge of the surrounding teak and hardwood forest, once used for the transportation of the Teak logs now they have found themselves “jobless” due to the logging ban but they are still taken care by their Mahout (the elephant caretaker) with the help of government and private funds. We will experience the Mahout bathing and feeding the Elephants. Interesting reading to know more about the close relationship of an elephant to its mahout is George Orwell's essay "Shooting an Elephant”.

PM: Back to the ship for lunch. Sail to Naung Po Village by the entrance of the Irrawaddy 2nd Defile (Gorges) and moor overnight.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Five - At Sunrise
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
5 / 11

Second Defile, Kyun Daw & Katha

AM: 2nd Defile of the Irrawaddy & Kyun Daw

Sunrise by the entrance of the gorges and cast off. We will sail upstream through the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel till the end of it where we will turn around.

Further downstream we will stop at the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food.

Back to the ship for lunch.

PM: Katha (15:00–18:00)

In the afternoon arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days “and the place wherein the 1942 hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. Katha had been an important center for Teak trading since the colonial days. We explore the old streets, a fresh market, the former British Club and the Tennis Court featured in the novel to learn more about how life was here during the British Rule. We then visit what is claimed to be the Bungalow where George Orwell resided, when he was posted here as a policeman, now turned into a small museum. We drive a short distance to visit a Kachin ethnic Village where you will see their traditional houses and learn about their culture, traditional dress, and unique method of making rice wine

Moor overnight in Katha.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Six - Locals Boats docking
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
6 / 11

Kyauk Pone Village

AM: Kyauk Pone

This morning stop at the gorgeous village of Kyauk Pone with its Pagoda located on a hill for a wonderful view of the Irrawaddy River.

Sail the rest of the day.

PM: Longyi and Thanaka Demonstration.

Moor overnight midstream.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Seven - Beautiful Landscape along Chindwin River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
7 / 11

Kote Tak Village, Irrawaddy Dolphin Protected Area

AM: Kote Tak Village

After breakfast, we arrive at Kote Tak Village located in a very nice location at the beginning of the 3rd Defile. We will visit the monastery where we will interact with the Monks and the school children.

PM: Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area

In the late afternoon, stop by the village of Sheinmaga in the Irrawaddy Dolphins Protected Area. You will board a local small boat to try spotting the dolphins in their natural habitat with the help of some local fishermen, even if not lucky enough to see them popping up it will be in any way an interesting experience, the interaction with the local people and the beautiful river scenery.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Eight - A Hidden Temple Carved inside Rock
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
8 / 11

Bagan

AM: Sail downstream till late afternoon.

ENTERTAINMENT: Lecture “Myanmar: Past and Today”

PM: Bagan Sunset & Ananda Temple by Night

Arrive at Bagan in the late afternoon. Cruise along the river to enjoy an impressive sunset experience onboard and the unique perspective of Bagan’s ancient temples, local life and colorful sky changing. After docking at the jetty, we will visit “by night” one of the most famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Built in the 1,105 CE during King Kyanzittha’s reign, it is one of only four surviving temples from this period. We will explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing North, South, East, and West.

Moore Overnight in Bagan.

ENTERTAINMENT: Puppet Show on the Sundeck.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Nine - Old Abandoned Historic Site
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
9 / 11

Bagan

AM: In the very early morning, we recommend a Balloon Flight over Bagan (surcharge applied).

MORNING EXCURSION: Markets and Temples of Bagan

After breakfast continues the visit to Bagan. Explore first some local markets selling wood carvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan products and a fresh market then stop at the ornate Shwezigone Pagoda, one of the country’s most important shrines. If time permits, photo stop by Htilominlo Temple. Back to the ship for lunch.

PM: The Art of Bagan and Temples Oxcarts ride

Start the afternoon tour with a visit to a workshop to see the ancient technique of lacquerware making. Lacquerware has been produced in Bagan since the 11th century and continues to play an important role in daily life, especially religious practice. The production process has remained unchanged for centuries, giving a sense of authenticity.

We will then pay a visit to Gubyaukgyi Temple. Approximately 900-years-old, this is where you’ll find some of the oldest and best-preserved frescoes in Bagan; they’re also accompanied by ink captions written in the old-style Mon alphabet, providing one of the earliest examples of the language’s use in Myanmar. Gubyaukgyi is also located next to Myazedi Pagoda, inside the compound of which you can find what’s referred to as the Burmese Rosetta Stone; two stone pillars with Pyu, Old Mon, Pali and Burmese inscriptions.

Alternative activity: “FREE and EASY in BAGAN” - Guests can hire a horse cart, a bicycle or an e-bike to explore the site at their own pace.

ENTERTAINMENT: Crew Presentation & Farewell Reception

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Ten - Tiger Statue in the Jungle
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Disembark at Bagan Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty at 06:00 am onwards.

Paukan Princess' 11-Day Burmese Days Downriver - Day Eleven - Noon at a Local Dock
Location
Bagan
Day
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Sun Deck
Buffet
Dining Room
Dining Room
Dining Room
Dining Room
Dining Room
Gym
Lounge Bar
Lounge
Lounge
Spa
Sun Deck
Sun Deck
Sun Deck walkway
Buffet
Dining room interior
Sofa at the dining room
Dining Room table
Dining Room table
Dining Room
Gym with a view
Lounge with a bar
Lounge with panoramic windows
Lounge interior
Spa therapist
Sun beds
Sun beds on the deck

Suites & Cabins

Paukan Princess' Main Deck Cabin Paukan Princess' Main Deck Cabin

Main Deck Cabin

Guests
2
Size
23 m² / 248 ft²
Beds
Queen

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.

Paukan Princess' Upper Deck Cabin Paukan Princess' Upper Deck Cabin Paukan Princess' Upper Deck Cabin Paukan Princess' Upper Deck Cabin Paukan Princess' Upper Deck Cabin - Bathroom

Upper Deck Cabin

Guests
2
Size
23 m² / 248 ft²
Beds
Queen

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.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

deck plan

Features

  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Excercise room
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details