Prepare to be astounded by Bagan, a grassy plain scattered with pagodas. A full day of cycling will take you to the city's most fascinating sites, including the teeming Nyaung Oo Market, the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, and the atmospheric cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi.
Paukan Cruises, Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The Paukan fleet, operated by Ayravata Cruises, takes its name from Paukan Rarma - a city dating back to 846 AD, which later became Bagan, the capital of the first Burmese Empire founded by King Anawrahta in the 11th century. The Paukan 2007 was built at the shipyards in Yangon and can carry up to 55 passengers, looked after by a crew of 30. With 29 en suite cabins spanning three decks, the boat offers a comfortable and relaxing means of experiencing life on the Ayeyarwady River.
Elegantly furnished, with traditional Burmese motifs and elements of colonial style, the Paukan draws on the heritage of the company's original Scottish-built steamer from 1947. On the upper deck are 14 deluxe cabins - six with double beds and eight with twin beds - as well as two bow suites offering more living space and prime views. On the main deck are ten superior cabins, all with twin beds, while the lower deck accommodates three small cabins suitable for single travellers. There is a sun deck with a stage for evening cultural performances, and a bar and lounge for relaxation, while the upper deck has a lecture/film room with an LCD projector and screen.
The dining room serves both local and international cuisine, and can cater to specific dietary requirements when informed in advance. Two massage suites offering traditional Burmese massages can be found on the lower deck for those seeking complete relaxation.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
An early morning balloon flight over Bagan is a fantastic way to see the temple landscape. You'll trip will end with light snack and celebratory glass of champagne.
Driving 80 kilometres southeast of Bagan you reach the famous Mount Popa. Rising 1,518 metres out of the Ayeyarwaddy flood plain, Mount Popa is one of the most sacred sites in Myanmar and home to the 'nats'.