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Overview

Step onto Myanmar’s spiritual path and journey to the Golden Rock. Join locals on an adventurous trip up a winding mountain road to where the iconic boulder is delicately balanced. Be enchanted by the sublime site of devotees praying and making merit at this sacred Buddhist shrine.

Trip Highlights

The Golden Rock

Take an adventurous journey

Hop in the back of an open-air truck for a winding, steep drive to Golden Rock’s mountain top location.

Experience a local pilgrimage

Join locals as they venture to one of Myanmar’s holiest sites and watch as they pay homage at Golden Rock.

Get an in-depth look at Bago

Explore Bago’s impressive religious monuments and learn about the rich history of this former 15th-century capital.

Itinerary

1

Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Golden Rock

This morning the tour starts at 07:00.

Depart Yangon early in the morning for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo, the Golden Rock.

Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo Base Camp (approximately 5 hrs). Travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) and be dropped off a short 5-minute walk from Golden Rock. 

A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's most important pilgrimage sites.  The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha, and Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage. 

Overnight near Golden Rock.

2

Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon

Today the journey continues at 08:00.

After breakfast, return to base camp by open-air truck and begin the return journey to Yangon. En route, stop in Bago. Bago, also known as Pegu, was the capital of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century and is a town steeped in legend.

The sites in Bago are spread throughout the town. Spend time exploring with the guide, learning about the history and myths of the city. Stops include the 55-metre long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha, the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun and the old palace of Kambozathadi. The Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda is the most outstanding religious monument in Bago. This golden temple stands at an impressive 114 metres tall, higher than Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and can be seen from around 10 kilometres outside of the city.

While in Bago also take some time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighborhood where locals once produced woven textiles.

From Bago return to Yangon in the afternoon. Before reaching the city limits, stop in Htaukkyan Township to visit the Allied War Cemetery. This beautifully-landscaped, peaceful area is the final resting place for more than 27,000 Allied soldiers who perished during the World War II campaign in Myanmar.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • 1 night accommodation in shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • English-speaking guide 
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles with drivers except Kyaikhtiyo (transfers by open non-air-conditioned vehicles)
  • Porter at Kyaikhtiyo
  • Drinking water while touring
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program

Our services do not include:

  • International ticket to/from Yangon
  • Meals other than mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Visa arrangements for Myanmar
  • Visits not mentioned in the program
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips and porters at the hotels
  • Credit card fees (2-3%) or bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
  • Any other items not mentioned

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