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Burma Ships

R/V Viking Mandalay

As part of a 15 Day Premium Tour from £5,299 per person (including flights from the UK)

Explore the sights and sounds of one of the most scenic regions in the world while enjoying the comfort and elegant romance of our ship, specifically built to navigate the Irrawaddy River. Small and intimate, the Viking Mandalay accommodates just 56 guests and offer sweeping river views, hotel-style amenities and a casual atmosphere with attentive, English-speaking crew.

Indulge in attentive table service in the upscale Restaurant as you sail into your next port. Greet the morning with a sumptuous buffet. Enjoy a savoury soup and a light salad midday. Come evening, settle in for a relaxed, multicourse fine-dining experience. Open seating allows you to dine with the same guests or meet someone new each day.


The Viking Mandalay has 28 staterooms, 

  • Stateroom size: 168 sq. ft.
  • All staterooms are outside with a river view
  • Upper & Middle deck staterooms have floor-to-ceiling, sliding French doors
  • All staterooms have hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Safe, hair dryer & air conditioning
  • Bottled water replenished daily

On Board

Our knowledgeable, experienced Swiss management oversees your entire on-board experience and handpicks each member of our on-board team. Rigorous training and inspiring leadership make Viking the employer of choice, which allows us to select the very best people to care for you, from stateroom stewards to the Captain. We are so confident we will exceed your expectations that we are the only cruise line to guarantee its award-winning service.

Enjoy a traditional Thai puppet show, and visit temples, monasteries and colourful villages on the banks of the Irrawaddy. These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.

Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of on-board multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Topics may include a history of Thailand, Myanmar and the Burmese people, and key words and phrases in the local languages. These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.


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R/V Princess Panhwar

As part of a 17 Day Premium Tour from £4,295 per person (including flights from the UK)

Step aboard the RV Princess Panhwar and discover Burma in premium style and comfort. This boutique vessel is new for 2015, boasting sophisticated design and outstanding facilities – while ensuring a remarkable and unique Irrawaddy River cruise experience.

The RV Princess Panhwar was specifically built to provide the most gratifying and immersive on-board experience imaginable. The air-conditioned lounge offers magnificent views, while the Sun Deck is a great location from which to soak up the passing riverside scenery. Or, you may like to be pampered with a massage in the ship’s spa.


The RV Princess Panhwar has 36 staterooms and suites, each featuring a French Balcony or an Outside Balcony. Designed with your absolute convenience and comfort in mind, every room is air-conditioned and offers state-of-the-art appointments, while being among the largest on the Irrawaddy River. 

Each suite or stateroom contains twin beds or a queen-size bed; an ensuite; air-conditioning; desk/dressing table; a safe; bathrobes and slippers. You’ll also enjoy a flat-screen television in your own room.

On Board

On your cruise, exciting daily itineraries and shore excursions are enhanced by an impressive selected of on-board entertainment. Perhaps you might like to attend informative lectures by local guides on Burmese culture and history. On select evenings, you are also able to enjoy cultural performances, including a traditional puppet show.


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R/V Paukan

As part of an 11 Day Tour from £2,695 per person (including flights from the UK)

A famous sight sailing the Irrawaddy, the R/V Paukan was built in 2007; and so has time to cultivate the expectations of those travellers wanting to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Irrawaddy, without the showcase of some of the newer ships. Perfectly designed to sail this fantastic river, this vessel has a warm feel, exuded throughout the cabins and public areas by its dark teak panelling, and exceptional use of colour; all traditional of the Burmese style.

Located on both the main and upper decks, cabins are finished to a high standard; all lined with polished teak, each offers sophisticated mix of Burmese style with a colonial elements. 14 Deluxe Cabins are located on the upper deck, which offer more room with premium views and private balconies, a minibar and tea and coffee facilities are provided. Superior cabins are on the main deck, which accessed by exterior gangways, each has a window and exterior door with a relaxing chair positioned just outside for your exclusive use. For the ultimate experience, there are two Suite cabins, again located on the upper deck, however are at the bow of the ship; each offers a huge 40 square meters, and has surrounding views and private balcony.  

Public guest areas on the ship have been thoughtfully designed to make the most out of leisure time. Life on-board is predominately spent on the sun-deck, a huge area with air-conditioned saloon bar, outdoor bar with alfresco lounge, and a wheelhouse. Loungers are placed for prime scenery spotting, and there is a large stage for cultural shows; each area boasts commanding views to the river and beyond.

Service on board is warm and friendly; in the main deck restaurant, tables are large with open seating, evoking true Burmese style and colours. Cuisine is international with regionally inspired dishes; dinner each evening is always a sit-down affair, served off the a la carte menu.

The R/V Paukan is a deserving choice for sailing this unexplored river.

What to expect on-board: Full board basis . Complementary mineral water, tea and coffee served all day .  All shore excursions are included . Dedicated attention of 30 English and French speaking crew members .  Cultural performances . Two massage rooms . Cooking Lesson . Longyi dressing lesson . Burmese lecture on tradition and customs . Cocktail on the sandbank.


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