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, and comfortable dresser and doors while the ceiling is traditional Myanmar. The single or double and comfortable ones and not mere bunks, enough room for 55 passengers who will be looked after by a30-member crew.
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 togive soothing relaxation.
The sun deck has a stage for cultural performances, and a bar and lounge for relaxation and fun. Theupper 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.
Day 1: Upstream Upper Mandalay
Embark the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty, Mandalay in the morning for luncheon stream upstream and moore overnight at a jungle village north of Mandalay.
Day 2: Pottery Village and Mingun
Arrive to Ngwe Nyein village. Visit the spectacular potteries nearby, where can see manufacturing stages of the famous 50 gallon, handmade water pots and return downstream to visit Mingun to view the Pagoda and largest working bell in the world.
Day 3: Mandalay, Ava and Amarapura
We tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery. We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura, visiting the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.
Day 4: Yandabo Potteries Village
Yandabo is a very small rural village that specialises in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
Day 5: Pagan Monuments
We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.
Day 5: Tan Kyi Taung Mountain and Salé
Ascend Tan-chi-taung mountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.
Day 6: Taung Ba Lu School and Magwe Gold Bricks
If river conditions permit, morning visit to Taung Ba Lu School project sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw Cruises. In the afternoon, we climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.
Day 7: Minhla Forts
We visit Minhla and Gwechaung, two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. We climb the Gwechaung hill for the view.
Day 8: Thayetmyo Frontier Post
This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanma War of 1855 and many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse and cart to see the countryside and golf links.
Day 9: Pyay (Prome) and the Ancient Pyu
Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.
Day 10: Pyay (Prome) / Yangon
Disembark at Prome and transfer to Chatrium Hotel Yangon by coach (included in cost of cruise). Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon (Around 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm)
Cruise Price Includes Entrance fees, guide services (English language), port dues, main meals, locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes.
Cruise Price Excludes International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.