An original Yarrow & Co. twin screw steamer built in 1947 on the River Clyde in Scottland
The Paukan 1947 - originally named RV Pandaw - and other 5 similar 'Class-P' design vessels were commissioned after the end of the Second World War by the Inland Water Transport Board (IWTB) of Myanmar (Burma) with the technical expertise of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company acting as agents to the IWTB under an agreement.
The Paukan 1947 was built in Scotland on the River Clyde by the famous ships builder Yarrow & Co in 1947 with the same design as the pre-war 'quarter wheeler' steamers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. After being boarded up to protect from the sea waves, the ship left Scotland for the delivery voyage to Myanmar (Burma) in 1950.
On January 12th, 1951 the Paukan 1947 began serving the IWTB in Myanmar (Burma) on a route from Mandalay to Bhamo and vice versa for both cargo and passenger transportation. In the 1998 the ship was converted into a 16 cabins luxury river cruise vessel and in 2003 underwent major maritime renovations in the Yangon Dalla Dockyards. The interior was beautifully renovated with new furniture, fixtures, and decor. Also, new food and beverage equipment has been installed aboard.
All the cabins are nicely decorated and comfortable with private bathrooms. On the promenade outside your cabin, there lay in front of your eyes the amazing view of the river as it changes moods during different times of the day.
The dining room is on the upper deck where every morning a scrumptious breakfast buffet is served. Lunch and dinner are a blend of Western and Myanmar cuisine prepared with care for freshness and taste by experienced local chefs. Breakfast and lunch are buffet followed by a served dinner.
The air-conditioned indoor lounge is arranged and decorated tastefully with comfortable chairs, for groups of several people in a more intimate setting. The outdoor lounge on the sun deck is the best place to enjoy an evening drink as the sun sets with a backdrop of the sky's spectacular display of colors.
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