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RV Paukan was built in 2007 at the Myanmar Shipyards in Yangon for Ayravata Cruises. The Yangon River and its dockyards were commented upon over two hundred years ago as "the most favourable river in the world for naval architecture" by the first British envoy to Myanmar Captain Michael Symes of His Britannic Majesty's 7th Regiment who arrived in Yangon in February of 1795.

The lovely Paukan is a boutique hotel on the river, beautifully furnished with a unique combination of modern and traditional motifs. The timber-walled cabins are furnished with colonial style cupboards, dresser and doors while the ceiling is traditional Myanmar. The single or double beds are proper and comfortable ones and not mere bunks, enough room for 55 passengers who will be looked after by a 30-member crew.

  • Year Built: 2006 - 2007
  • Decks: 3
  • Beam: 38ft (11.58mt)
  • Design Draft: 309ft (1.14mt)
  • Cabins: 29 With Private Bathroom And Shower
  • Crew: 30
  • Diesel Engines: 2 X 425 HP Cummins Marine / Model KT19-M425
  • Propulsion : Schotell Type Outboard * Model: NAV180
  • Maximum Upriver Speed: 8 Nautical Miles Per Hour (Dry Season)
  • Maximum downriver Speed: 112 Nautical Miles Per Hour (Dry Season)
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight
  • Massage Rooms: 2 On The Lower Deck
  • Comms: Gsm phone, Internal phone system, Tannoy for navigation
  • Generators: 2 x 175 + 1x50 kva Cummins/Marathon Marine
  • Fire Protection: Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors, Manual Alarms Stations, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Cabinets, Fire Pumps
  • Safety: Emergency Lights, Emergency Genset, Life Jackets , Life Rafts
  • Passengers: 55
  • Lounge & Bar : On The Sundeck/Solarium (Capacity 35 Seats)
  • Dining Room: On The Main Deck (Capacity: 56 Seats)
  • Kitchen: 1 fully equipped kitchen
  • Water: Desedimentation and full water treatment Reverse Osmosis System for the Kitchen.
  • Sewage: Treatment plant


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For luxury-living, Paukan has suites, deluxe or superior cabins as well as singles for guest or guides. There are two massage rooms on the lower deck offering traditional Myanmar massage designed to give soothing relaxation.

The sun deck has a stage for cultural performances, and a bar and lounge for relaxation and fun. The upper deck has a lecture / movie room with lcd projector and lcd TV screen. Meals in the dining room on the main deck will include both East and West cuisine, and dinner menus of delicious dishes. Vegetarian meals can be prepared when informed in advance.


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