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COMPANY PROFILE

COMPANY NAME

We have chosen the name Ayravata because the Burmese name of Irrawaddy (also spelt Ayeyarwaddy from the Pali Eravati) is derived from the name in Sanskrit of the elephant mount of Indra, Airavati (or Ayravata). This Divine Elephant is thought of as the progenitor of all earthly elephants and is understood as the embodiment of the huge clouds pregnant with the monsoon rains. Elephants were in Indian mythology often a symbol for water

FLEET NAME

Rv Paukan comes after “Paukan Rarma”, the city founded in the 846 AD by King Pyinbyaat to replace the former capital called Thanpawaddy. Paukan Rarma then became Bagan, the capital of the First Burmese Empire founded by King Anawrahta in the 11th Century.

THE STORY

Ayravata Cruises was founded in the 2003 by three Myanmar entrepreneurs with the support and management of a European expert in cruises on Asian rivers. Thanks to the vast experience of the founders in the Myanmar hospitality and tourism business coupled by the expertise of the foreign executive director, Ayravata Cruises is not just a successful cruise operator but a shipbuilder as well. The company has a total of 122 staff, 111 employed as crew on board the four ships and 11 in the offices of Yangon and Mandalay.

Presently it operates four ships:

RV Paukan 2007 (a newly built Charming Cruising Boutique Hotel),
RV Paukan 2012 (A small cruising boutique hotel);
RV Paukan1947 (an original Scottish made Colonial Steamer formerly known as Rv Pandaw).
Rv Paukan 2014 (The Irrawaddy Explorer Cruising Hotel) start operation in September 2014.
Our boutique cruises on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers will unveil you the Myanmar cultural heritage, the ex Royal capitals, the lifestyle and traditions of the people living along their banks.

RV PAUKAN 2007

SPECIFICATIONS

BUILT IN YANGON 2007BY AYRAVATA CRUISES AT MYANMA SHIPYARDS (YANGON-MYANMAR)

Length    183 FT (55.78 MT)
Beam    38 FT (11.58 MT)
Design Draft   3.09 FT (1.14 MT)
Deck   3
Design Engines   2 X 425 HP CUMMINS MARINE / MODEL KT19-M425.
PROPULSION   SCHOTEL TYPE OUTBOARD * MODEL: NAV180
DESIGN SPEED   10 KNOTS
MAX. UPSTREAM SPEED      8 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
MAX. DOWNSTREAM SPEED   12 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
NAVIGATION   NAVIGATION LIGHTS, SHIPS HORN, SEARCHLIGHT
COMMS   GSM PHONE, INTERNAL PHONE SYSTEM, TANNOY FOR NAVIGATION
GENERATORS   2 X 175 KVA +1 X 50 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
CREW   30

HOTEL

PASSENGERS    55
CABINS    29 WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM AND SHOWER
    UPPER DECK
14 DELUXE (6 DOUBLE, 8 TWIN) * 21 SQ.MT/226 SQ. FT.
2 SUITE (BOW) : 40 SQ.MT / 430 SQ. FT.
   

MAIN DECK
10 SUPERIOR TWINS * 15 SQ.MT./161 SQ. FT.

   

LOWER DECK
3 SINGLE FOR GUESTS:10 SQMT / 107 SQ. FT.
4 SINGLE FOR GUIDES/TL: 8 SQMT / 86 SQ. FT.

LOUNGE & BAR   ON THE SUNDECK/SOLARIUM (CAPACITY 35 SEATS)
DINING ROOM   ON THE MAIN DECK (CAPACITY: 56 SEATS)
MASSAGE   ROOM 2 ON THE LOWER DECK
LECTURES   ROOM FULLY EQUIPPED WITH LCD PROJECTOR/LCD TV (35 SEATS)
WATER   DESEDIMENTATION AND FULL WATER TREATMENT – REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM FOR THE KITCHEN

SPECIFICATIONS

BUILT IN THE 2012 BY AYRAVATA CRUISES AT AHLONE SHIPYARD (YANGON-MYANMAR)

HULL   MARINE STEEL
LENGTH   138 FT (42 MT)
BEAM   32.8 FT (10 MT)
DESIGN DRAFT   2.5 FT (0.76 MT)
DECKS   3
DIESEL ENGINES   2 X 275 HP CUMMINS MARINE / MODEL NT855-M270
PROPULSION   RUDDER PROPELLER INBOARD WELL MOUNTED
DESIGN SPEED    9 KNOTS
MAX. UPSTREAM SPEED   6 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
MAX. DOWNSTREAM SPEED   11 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
NAVIGATION   NAVIGATION LIGHTS, SHIPS HORN, SEARCHLIGHT
COMMS   GSM PHONE, INTERNAL PHONE SYSTEM, TANNOY FOR NAVIGATION
GENERATORS   2 X 120 KVA +1 X 40 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
CREW   25

HOTEL

PASSENGERS    34
CABINS    18 WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM
   

UPPER DECK
6 DOUBLE DELUXE WITH BALCONY * 25 SQ.MT / 270 SQ. FT
2 PREMIER WITH BALCONY : 25 SQ.MT / 270 SQ. FT.
2 SINGLE : 10 SQ.MT / 107 SQ. FT.

   

MAIN DECK
8 TWIN DELUXE WITH FRENCH BALCONY * 23 SQ.MT./250 SQ. FT.

   

LOWER DECK
2 SINGLE FOR GUIDES/TL: 8 SQ MT / 86 SQ. FT.

DINING ROOM   ON THE MAIN DECK (CAPACITY: 34 SEATS)
LOUNGE & BAR   

ON THE UPPER DECK (CAPACITY 16 SEATS INDOOR AND 15 OUTDOOR)
SOLARIUM ON SUN / ROOF DECK (CAPACITY: 16 SUN CHAIRS)

WATER   DESEDIMENTATION AND FULL WATER TREATMENT – REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM FOR THE KITCHEN


ABOUT RV PAUKAN 2012

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The latest member of the Paukan Cruises family under the management of the Ayravata Cruise Company is the RV Paukan 2012 which was launched in September of 2012.

ON BOARD

Paukan 2012 is a gem of a vessel, a compact but elegant vessel made of teak with a hull of marine steel. The walls and floors are of timber with each plank carefully chosen to show off the beautiful grain. The décor is modern chic, with a touch of Myanmar culture through a few traditional motifs, wooden figures, fabrics and paintings.

There are 18 cabins, twin and double, with attached bathrooms for a total of 34 passengers.All the cabins are nicely decorated and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms.

The best view of the river can be enjoyed in the two 'Premier' cabins on the upper deck, each with French windows on two sides, leading out to a spacious balcony. The six Double Deluxe cabins on the upper deck have a balcony, a French window the eight Twin Deluxe cabins on the main deck. With the drapes pulled aside, there lay in front of your eyes the amazing the view of the river as it changes moods during different times of the day. There are also two single cabins on the upper deck.

The dining room with a capacity for 34 is a spacious hall on the main deck where every morning a lavish and scrumptious breakfast buffet is served. The other meals a blend of Western and Myanmar cuisine are prepared with loving care for freshness and tastes by experienced chefs, Lunch is a buffet and Dinner is Table d’hôte. The lounge on the upper deck seats 16 and the open deck with a well-stocked bar leading out from it seats 15. The lounge is arranged and decorated tastefully with comfortable chairs, for groups of several people or in a more intimate setting.

The solarium on the roof deck is the best place to enjoy an evening drink as the sun sets with a backdrop of the sky's spectacular display of colours.

RV PAUKAN 2014

SPECIFICATIONS

BUILT IN THE 2014 BY AYRAVATA CRUISES AT SINMALIKE SHIPYARD (YANGON-MYANMAR)

HULL   MARINE STEEL
LENGTH   188 FT (57.30 MT)
BEAM   40 FT (12.19 MT)
DESIGN DRAFT   4 FT (1.22 MT)
DECKS   3
DIESEL ENGINES   2 X 470 HP CUMMINS MARINE / MODEL KTA19-M
PROPULSION   RUDDER PROPELLER INBOARD TRANSOM MOUNTED NAV300
DESIGN SPEED     10 KNOTS
MAX. UPSTREAM SPEED   8 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
MAX. DOWNSTREAM SPEED   12 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
NAVIGATION   GPS, NAVIGATION LIGHTS, SHIPS HORN, SEARCHLIGHT
COMMS   GSM PHONE, INTERNAL PHONE SYSTEM, TANNOY FOR NAVIGATION
GENERATORS   2 X 300 KVA +1 X 125 KVA CUMMINS/MARATHON MARINE
FIRE PROTECTION  

SMOKE DETECTORS, HEAT DETECTORS, MANUAL ALARMS STATIONS, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, FIRE HOSE
CABINETS

SAFETY   EMERGENCY LIGHTS, EMERGENCY GENSET, SOLAS APPROVED LIFE JACKETS, LIFE RAFTS
CREW   30

HOTEL

PASSENGERS    56
CABINS    28 WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM
   

UPPER DECK
14 ORWELL STATEROOM WITH BALCONY : 26 SQ.MT / 280 SQ. FT
2 KIPLING STATEROOM WITH BALCONY : 25.4 SQ.MT / 273 SQ. FT.
2 MANDALAY SUITE WITH BALCONY : 38 SQ.MT / 409 SQ. FT.

   

MAIN DECK
10 MAUGHAM STATEROOM WITH FRENCH BALCONY * 26 SQ.MT./280 SQ. FT.

   

LOWER DECK
2 SINGLE FOR GUIDES/TL: 10.26 SQ MT / 110 SQ. FT.

DINING ROOM    ON THE MAIN DECK (CAPACITY: 56 SEATS)
LOUNGE & BAR   

ON THE SUN DECK (CAPACITY --- SEATS INDOOR AND --- OUTDOOR)
SOLARIUM ON SUN / ROOF DECK (CAPACITY: --- SUN CHAIRS)

MASSAGE   ROOM 2 ON THE LOWER DECK
LECTURES   ROOM FULLY EQUIPPED WITH LCD PROJECTOR/LCD TV (35 SEATS)
WATER   DESEDIMENTATION AND FULL WATER TREATMENT – REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM FOR THE KITCHEN 

ABOUT RV PAUKAN 2014

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The sleek RV Paukan 2014 is the newest and most luxurious of the three cruise ships of Ayravata Cruise Company to ply the great Irrawaddy River of Burma and even before it leaves the dock it takes you into another world: the elegant, stylish era of the colonial period.

As soon as you are in the reception area, you have stepped into the past, created with its décor of a beautiful art nouveau stairway, old-style furniture, the gleaming hardwood floors, potted plants and classic light fixtures. The theme is carried into the whole interior of the ship including the 28 luxurious suites, the Writers” Lounge, the ‘Custom House’ dining room and even the Spa room and Fitness Center.

The twenty-eight luxury suites are named Mandalay, Kipling, Orwell and Maugham, all with floor-toceiling glass doors to enjoy the magnificent views of the Irrawaddy River. Each suite comes with its own unique artwork where for the duration of the cruise you are living in another time and place but with modern conveniences.

The sun deck is where you are cooled by the breeze sweeping over the river, where you can sunbathe, read or just enjoy the light on the water and the sun on its journey turning the sky into a painter’s palette of gold and crimson.

The Writers’ Lounge, spacious as it is, has the ambience of the private study of a writer of the past. Strategically-placed comfortable sofas give enough privacy to enable you to imagine Somerset Maugham thoughtfully smoking his pipe in one corner or Rudyard Kipling amiably telling his tales to a few enraptured guests or George Orwell trying to hide behind a newspaper.


Meals in the old-world charm of the dining room with its lazily-turning ceiling fans are not in the old colonial traditions of broiled beef and rice pudding, but of modern western haute cuisine, the best of Asian food with the freshest ingredients it demands, as well as the most delicious of popular standards. The menu is created by a talented foreign who has years of experience on the best cruise liners of the world and prepared by local Chefs. Best of all, the Kitchen often takes passengers for a stroll through local bazaars selling fresh and luscious fruits and vegetables.

Other stops take you to see the marvels of the country ranging from the famous temples and images to less-known 17th century wall paintings of Hpowindaung Caves, to a potters’ village, a town with the first ever golf course in the country, old wooden monasteries, craftsmen’s workshops etc. garment, how to grind the traditional Thanakha bark paste, and how to ‘play’ the cane ball game of grace and balance. On longer cruises there are lectures on culture and traditions and performances of classical dance and marionette shows.

Any cruise on RV Paukan 2014 is not only about discovering the essence of the country but to do it in luxurious comfort while living the dream in the elegance of a past era.

NOTE: Rv Paukan 2014 has been chartered to the US based company HAIMARK Travel for a period of 4 years and traded under the name “Rv Irrawaddy Explorer”.

The ship will be operated and managed by Ayravata Cruise Company Co. Ltd with the supervision of the Haimark hospitality team.
For more information / reservation http://www.haimarktravel.com/

RV PAUKAN 1947(FORMERLY RV PANDAW 1947)

SPECIFICATIONS

BUILT IN SCOTLAND 1947 (BY YARROW & CO. SCOTLAND), CONVERTED TO A PASSENGER CRUISE VESSEL1997 BY IRRAWADDY
FLOTILLA CO. REFITTED AND REFURBISHED 2003-04 BY IWT (INLAND WATER TRANSPORT) & AYRAVATA CRUISES

HULL   STEEL
LENGTH   150FT (45.72 MT)
BEAM   34FT (11.5 MT)
DRAFT   2.6FT (0.8 MT)
DECKS   3
    MAIN DECK (6 CABINS)* UPPER DECK (10 CABINS-SALOON-DINING ROOM) * SUNDECK /
   

SOLARIUM (LENGTH 20 MT - FURNISHED WITH STEAMER CHAIRS/SUN LOUNGES/ RATTAN
ARMCHAIRS FOR 32 PAX)

DIESEL ENGINES   2 X 300HP MWM * MODEL: TBD-234V6
PROPULSION   SCHOTEL OUTBOARD * MODEL: SRP-100/110
MAX. UPSTREAM SPEED   6 MILES PER HOUR
MAX. DOWNSTREAM SPEED   11 MILES PER HOUR
MAX. DOWNSTREAM SPEED   12 NAUTICAL MILES PER HOUR (DRY SEASON)
NAVIGATION   NAVIGATION LIGHTS, SHIPS HORN, SEARCHLIGHT
COMMS   GSM PHONE, INTERNAL PHONE SYSTEM, TANNOY FOR NAVIGATION
GENERATORS   2 X 95 KVA DENYO GENSETS
FIRE PROTECTION   21 SMOKE DETECTORS, 4 HEAT DETECTORS, 8 MANUAL ALARMS STATIONS, ELECTRONIC CONTROL
SAFETY   EMERGENCY LIGHTS, EMERGENCY GENSET, SOLAS APPROVED LIFE JACKETS, LIFE RAFTS

HOTEL

PASSENGERS    56
CABINS    16 DELUXE CABINS WITH OWN SHOWER/WC (BERTHS 32)
SIZE: 3,35 MT X 4.00 MT (132” X 158”)
BAR    1
DINING ROOM   1 (32 SEATS)
KITCHEN   1 FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
WATER   DESEDIMENTATION AND FULL WATER TREATMENT – REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM FOR THE KITCHEN.
SEWAGE   TREATMENT PLANT

ABOUT PAUKAN1947 (FORMERLY RV PANDAW1947)

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HISTORY

The Pandaw (as it was originally named) is an original colonial era twin screw steamer, built in1947. The famous shipbuilding company of Yarrow & Co. of Clyde on the River in Glasgow built the Pandaw for the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Arriving in Myanmar in 1950, under the ownership of the Inland Water Transport Board (IWTB) she ran on the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bhamo, one of the most popular routes on this great river.

She began a luxury life as a passenger cruiser in 1998, under the management of a new Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and was taken over in 2003 by Ayravata Cruises after extensive renovations and refurbishing. The vessel was renamed Rv Paukan1947 in the 2011

ON BOARD

There are altogether 16 teak-walled deluxe cabins with proper beds and hot and cold showers. There is one main deck with cabins, an upper deck with cabins and a dining room at the stern and a salon at the prow.

Contact Us

Columbus Travels & Tours (Myay Ni Gone Branch)
Address: No.290, Room No. 6, 1st Floor, Pyay Road, Corner of ZawTiKa Street. San Chaung Township, Yangon.
Phone: +959 257352754, +951 503830, 523536, 524126
Fax : +951 524126
Website: www.travelmyanmar.com

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