Today, take a drive from Yangon to Kyaikhtiyo for around 5 hours. The area is home to the famous landmark of Myanmar – the Golden Rock. The sacred rock - Golden Rock lies on a protruding rock through 2000 years of history. The Rock with the temple on it has created an extremely unique relic. . The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage. Along the way, make a stop at the Allied War memorial park where thousands of soldiers rested in peace.
When reaching Kin Pun located on the foot of the mountain, board on a local truck for a ride on a winding road to the top of the mountain. If you wish a more challenging adventure, you could stop half way and take a walk to the summit for around one hour.
Note: The local trucks from the camp could be crowded and uncomfortable. You should be patient as the trucks just leave when it is full of passengers. Make sure to get in time in Kinpun at 5.30, if not, you cannot get a truck to the top.
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
OPTION: PRIVATE TRUCK – SURCHARGE: US$ 130/group (max. 30 pax)
If you wish a more comfortable vehicle, private trucks are available with extra cost. Once reaching the Golden Rock, you will marvel at the stunning gleam as well as the surroundings. Pilgrims come here from far and wide to worship and add gold leaf to the rock, which seems to defy gravity by delicately balancing on the edge of the 1100-metre high mountain. Take your time to soak up in the breathtaking views of the rock at sunset. Transfer back to the hotel.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel near the Golden Rock.
OPTION: TRAIN RIDE FROM YANGON TO BAGO – SURCHARGE: US$ 3/pax
Among the vehicles travelling around Myanmar, train is perhaps the best means of transport to explore the country in spite of its poor facilities and frequent delays and cancellations. Compared to trains in other countries, trains in Myanmar feature an average speed which allows you to enjoy the scenic rural scenery and interact with the locals. You will be transferred to Yangon’s central train station and take a train to Bago. The departure time is around 7.15 and the arrival time around 9.15. From Bagan, take a car to the Golden Rock., around 3.5 hours.