Paukan 2007 River Cruise: Expert Review
The Paukan 2007 is a lovely river vessel and boutique hotel that sails the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers of Myanmar (Burma). The ship was built in the Myanmar Shipyards in Yangon by local craftsmen furnished with both modern and traditional motifs. Aboard the Paukan 2007 there are 29 private cabins carrying a total of 55 guests at maximum capacity with 30 crew at your service. The ship measures an impressive 183 ft (55.8 m) in length with a 38 ft (11.6 m) beam and only 3.1 ft (1.1 m) draft.
There are a variety of itineraries available from 6, 7, 8, and 11 days that take you to some of the most remarkable sites Myanmar (Burma) has to offer on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers. Cruising aboard the Paukan 2007 you will see small river villages famous for terra-cotta pottery, ancient temple complexes over 1,000 years old, gilded pagodas that overlook the river valley, old British colonial towns, monasteries were Buddhist monks study, and much more. Any journey aboard the Paukan 2007 on the rivers of Myanmar will be one you can always treasure.
The Paukan 2007 has four different cabin types, all featuring hardwood walls and floors, tile showers, beautiful decorative accents, individual climate control, vanity, in-room safe, and a hair dryer. Two (2) large and well-appointed suites are located at the bow of the ship on the Upper Deck. Both ‘Bow Suites’ have a sitting area with a chaise lounge chair and multiple forward facing floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open to French balconies for the best private view while plying the great Irrawaddy River. The Upper Deck also features fourteen (14) ‘Deluxe Cabins’ (6 double and 8 twin) with good size bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a French balcony allowing you to opportunity to enjoy the scenery and cool breeze from the comfort of your cabin. On the Main Deck, there are ten (10) ‘Superior Twin Cabins’ with an exterior window that opens to a shared promenade with chairs to relax outside your cabin. On the lower deck, across from the spa, are three (3) single cabins featuring a port hole and comfortable twin bed.
The Paukan 2007 has a variety of public areas for your enjoyment and comfort while aboard. Starting from the top, the Sun Deck features both a covered and uncovered outdoor lounge area with plenty of tables, chairs, and lounge chairs to relax and soak up the sun, read a book, or sit down for a drink and watch the beautiful scenery and daily life along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin River. There is also a large indoor air-conditioned lounge on the Sun Deck, with comfortable couches, coffee tables, and a full-service bar with wonderful bartenders ready to whip up any drink or cocktail you desire. One deck below, on the Upper Deck, is a theater and lecture room for an evening movie or presentation by one of the expert guides aboard. On the Main Deck is the elegant dining room, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, magnificent wood work, and beautiful paintings where all the delicious meals are served. On the Lower Deck you will find two private spa and massage rooms where you can select from a variety of western and traditional Burmese massages. Both rooms are quite and relaxing with painted floor-to-ceiling murals.
All meals aboard the Paukan 2007 are served in the dining room located aft on the Main Deck. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, with dinner served as a multi-course meal with a variety of options. All meals offer a selection of gourmet Burmese, Asian, and Western dishes prepared by professionally trained local chefs, using fresh, local ingredients that will satisfy any palate.
Crew and Guides
Aboard the Paukan 2007 you will find a very friendly and professional crew. The bartenders are always smiling and ready to refill your drink and the dining and kitchen staff are very attentive, professional, and happy to explain the details of any dish you may be unfamiliar. Before each of the daily excursions, the marine staff and other crew members would greet you on the gangway to give you a bottle of water and help you get ashore. Upon your return from touring, the crew would be there waiting to help you aboard and offer moist towels and a refreshing juice drink whipped up by the bartender. The local guides were a wealth of knowledge, sharing their expertise on the culture, tradition, history and amazing sites of Myanmar (Burma). During much of the cruising time you could find the guides on the Sun Deck ready to answer questions and point out places of interest along the river.
Contact Us for more information on the Paukan 2007 or other spectacular Myanmar River Cruises. You can also check-out our Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide.