Plain of Pagodas, Bagan. Sacred architecture in a whole new light.

Explore Journeys

Intha leg-rowers fish on Inle Lake.

Explore Journeys

A grand voyage aboard the Road to Mandalay.

Explore Journeys

A fashionable cruise. Your elegant stateroom aboard the Road To Mandalay.

Explore Journeys

Sagaing. In pursuit of the divine.

Explore Journeys

Shwedagon Pagoda in all its brilliance. Yangon.

Explore Journeys

Burma & the Road to Mandalay. A Hosted Journey with Alex Kerr.

Now more than ever, Burma commands our attention as she shakes off the constraints of an oppressive government. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness monumental change in the company of Crusoe's Asia expert, Alex Kerr. Touch down in Yangon (once, Rangoon), then visit Inle Lake, Mandalay, Sagaing, and Bagan's magnificent Plain of Pagodas.

     Ancient Burma—today’s Myanmar. Come be enchanted by 2,500 years of quite remarkable history. Once Southeast Asia’s most secretive sister, shy Myanmar has dropped her veil to give us a peek at her cultural beauty and richness. This country goes beyond unspoiled; she is graceful, intoxicating, serene, “quite unlike any land you know about.” Even 100 years after Rudyard Kipling wrote these words, they still ring true.

Burma (Myanmar)

Dates:14 November 2013

Type:Hosted Journeys



Day 1: United States
Thursday, 14 November 2013
• Overnight flight to Asia.
Overnight in flight
Day 2: Bangkok, Thailand
Friday 15 November 2013
• Land in Bangkok.
Overnight at Bangkok airport hotel

Day 3: Bangkok; Yangon, Myanmar
Saturday, 16 November 2013

• Fly to Yangon.
• Tour briefing, city tour including Sule Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Paya and "Reclining Buddha," Shwedagon Pagoda, cocktails and welcome dinner.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 4: Yangon
Sunday, 17 November 2013

• Kandawgyi Tawya Monastery morning meal ceremony, art gallery with artist, Scott Market.
• Leisure time, possible meeting with Chargé d'Affaires at U.S. embassy in Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon
Day 5-6: Heho, Inle Lake
Monday & Tuesday, 18-19 November 2013

• Fly to Heho, drive to Inle Lake.
• Boat tour of lake including leg rowers, floating farms, Nga Phe Kyaung (Jumping Cat Monatery).
• Intha village Shan cooking lesson in a private home.
• Boat to Indien, temples, crafts workshops.
Overnights on Inle Lake

Day 7: Inle Lake, Mandalay
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

• Five-day market.
• Fly to Mandalay.
• City tour including Mahamuni Paya, Shwenandaw Kyaung, Kuthodaw Paya, U Bein Bridge.
• Traditional marionette performance and meet with theater owner.
• Embark ship.
Overnight aboard Road To Mandalay

Day 8: Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Thursday, 21 November 2013
• Cruise Irrawaddy to ancient Sagaing, tour including Maha Gandayon Wipasana nunnery for time with head monk and nun.
Longyi and thanaka lessons on board ship.
Overnight aboard Road To Mandalay

Day 9: Bagan
Friday, 22 November 2013

• Plain of Pagodas archaeological zone, oxcart ride to Htilominlo Pahto.
• Observe and participate in Buddhist monk novitiation ceremony.
• Plain of Pagodas at sunset.

Overnight aboard Road To Mandalay

Day 10: Bagan, Yangon; Bangkok
Saturday, 23 November 2013

• Disembark ship.
• Fly to Yangon, leisure time at local hotel, fly to Bangkok, connect to flights home.
Overnight in flight

Day 11: United States
Sunday, 24 November 2013

• Arrive home.

Download this trip Itinerary
Share Story with Others:


Deluxe Cabin per person sharing $8,680
Deluxe Cabin single traveler $10,430
Superior Cabin single traveler $8,680
State Cabin pricing $9,470

Airfare Bangkok/Yangon RT per person (estimate) $540
Internal airfare Myanmar per person (estimate) $490

The above prices are based on a minimum number of 18 travelers as well as present currency exchange and fuel rates. If fewer than 18 travelers participate, or if there is a major change in exchange rates or a fuel surcharge, a price supplement may apply and/or the itinerary may be adjusted.


For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

Share Story with Others:

Pre-Tour & Post-Tour Option

If you’ve got a bit more time, join us on a short post-tour extension: Hot-Air Ballooning Over Bagan.

     We start Saturday, 23 November, very early with a morning hot-air balloon ride over Bagan’s extraordinary Plain of Pagodas. The view is unmatched. We take to the air around 6:30 a.m., sweep silently over the scenery as the sun rises, and land at about 9 a.m.

     Follow up at a palm tree plantation, where we gain insight into the local way of life. See how toddy juice (a Myanmar sweet) is made.

     Stop by a local village, Phwar Saw, before we check in to our hotel. Early this evening, take a pony cart ride to the waterfront. On a sunset cruise, get a close look at the local way of life.

     On Sunday morning after breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the Inya Lake Hotel. Enjoy refreshments and a bit of free time before transferring to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. In Bangkok, connect to your flight home.

     Arrive home on Monday, 25 November 2013.

Please note: On this extension, R. Crusoe travelers share the hot-air balloon with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Prices: Per person sharing room from $660*; single supplement from $220*.
*These prices include the cost of hot-air ballooning.


Remember that R. Crusoe & Son can create Burma pre-tour and post-tour itineraries of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Share Story with Others:


The best time to visit Burma is between November and February. During these months, you can expect the least rainfall and the most moderate temperatures. The period from March to May brings intense heat. Monsoon season begins sometime between mid-May and mid-June, bringing frequent rains that persist until October. Monsoons peak from July to September.


069084 Yangon
065084 Heho
024084 Mandalay
046084 Bagan Minbu
Share Story with Others:

Meet Our Host, Alex Kerr.

Alex Kerr has lived in Asia for nearly 50 years. A U.S. Navy brat, he attended high school in Japan before his education took him to Yale, from which he holds a degree in Japanese studies, and Oxford, where he earned both a B.A. and a Master’s degree as a Rhodes Scholar in Chinese studies. At Oxford, he studied Tibetan under Professor Michael Aris, the late husband of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, and he studied Japanese at Tokyo’s Keio University.

     Alex began his intensive first-hand study of East Asia in the early 1980s. In 1984, he founded Chiiori Ltd., specializing in Chinese and Japanese fine arts. He would consult for nine years on the Trammell Crow Asian art collection, eventually publishing his first book, Immortal Images: the Jade Collection of Trammell Crow.

     Concerned about the destruction of traditional houses in Japan, in 2004 Alex launched a project to restore Kyoto’s old townhouses. Today, Chiiori Ltd. is involved in city planning and restoration in villages across Japan.

     Alex also founded ORIGIN Asia, which teaches traditional arts in Japan and Thailand and oversees special programs in China, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

     When he’s not writing, teaching, or practicing calligraphy, Alex can be found snooping around East Asia’s antiques shops, adding to his superb collection.

     He has written numerous books on Asian culture, among them Lost Japan; Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan; and Bangkok Found.

Share Story with Others:
Call us to start planning


(M-F 9-5 CST)



Be the first to hear about special offers, insider news, travel tips, and novel ideas around the globe. Sign up for R. Crusoe's weekly email updates: