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2 Days / 1 Night - Tour
Kyaiktiyo - The Golden Rock
Extension from Yangon
Union of Myanmar

Day 1 Yangon - Bago - Kyaiktiyo
Early morning, drive out of Yangon to the ancient capital of Bago (Pegu), about 2 hours drive north east of Yangon. Just outside Bago, visit Kyaikpun Pagoda with four 30-meter high Buddha figures seated back to back. From Bago, drive through seemingly endless paddy fields to the small town of Kyaikto and on to the 'base camp' of Kinpun. Lunch at local restaurant in Kinpun. In the afternoon, take a truck up a bumpy track about half way up the mountain. From here, walk up the path which climbs steeply to the legendary 'Golden Rock'. (The climb takes around 1 hour and those unwilling, or not fit enough to walk can hire four porters to carry them in a sedan chair). The climb offers magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and the opportunity to make friends with the many local people who make the pilgrimage to Kyaiktiyo. The incredible 'Golden Rock' sits precariously on top of the mountain, and is said to balance thanks to a precisely placed hair of Buddha. Weather permitting, sunset views from Mount Kyaiktiyo are amazing. Dinner at local restaurant or hotel. Accommodation at Kyaikto Hotel or Golden Rock Hotel.
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Kyaiktiyo - Yangon
Breakfast. Early risers may enjoy returning to the Golden Rock; about 10 minutes walk from the Kyaikto Hotel or 60 minutes from the Golden Rock Hotel, to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, walk down the mountain and return by truck to your car/minibus, or alternatively walk all the way down to the base camp at Kinpun. Drive back to Bago and visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which has a stupa inlaid with diamonds and is Bago's golden landmark. See Shwethalyaung Buddha, which dates from 994 and is revered throughout Myanmar as the most beautiful Reclining Buddha. Lunch at a local restaurant in Bago. An optional visit is included on the way back to Yangon at the British War Cemetery near Htauk Kyan.
Breakfast, Lunch


Same guide throughout the whole tour, with the language guide of your choice (English, Italian, French or German - other language guides available on request)
Full board as specified in the itinerary
Accommodation in hotels as specified above
Transportation by air-conditioned cars, minibuses or buses
All entrance fees

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals where not specified
Sedan chairs
All other expenses of a personal nature


* A new road to the Golden Rock has been built and trucks now drive to the top of the mountain. Foreigners are not allowed to travel by truck higher than half way up because the road is very steep and dangerous.
* It can be very cold at night on the top of Mt Kyaiktiyo.
* The Kyaikto Hotel is of basic guesthouse standard - The water supply is erratic and, at times, the only available water for showering is in a bucket placed in each bathroom. Decorations are minimal and rooms have very thin walls. However, the location is great.
* There is also the Golden Rock Hotel which is at least 60 minutes walk from the top of the mountain - The hotel has good local standards and is much more comfortable than the Kyaikto Hotel. However, the location is not as attractive as it is located at the foot of the mountain.
* This tour is not recommended during the rainy season from May to October. When it's wet, there are no trucks from Kinpun to the upper camp, and the mountain path is muddy and slippery. Many restaurants at Kyaiktiyo are closed during the rainy season.
* Tours to Kyaiktiyo (The Golden Rock) are not operated in summer season due to the heavy monsoon in this area


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