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.
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.
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
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals where not specified
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
* 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