Arrival in Kyaiktiyo
Leaving from Yangon around 08:30 you’ll be picked up and transferred by private car with a guide. On the way to Kyaiktiyo you can visit the war cemetery in Taukkyan where thousands of prisoners of war who worked on the death railway are commemorated. On arrival at Kyaiktiyo base-camp you’ll leave your main luggage behind in the car and take a small backpack to the top of the hill, travelling by truck used by pilgrims to reach the summit.
Next you’ll walk up a steep hill for around an hour to marvel at one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar: the Golden Rock, perched high up on the mountain’s edge and, as legend has it, prevented from tumbling into the ravine below by a few strands of Buddha’s hair. Surrounding the Golden Rock are numerous tea shops, rest places and monasteries to soak up the spiritual atmosphere. Your accommodation here is a small hotel on top of the mountain with breathtaking views. The hotel has cosy rooms and panoramic views over the mountain.
Bago & train to Yangon
This morning you can get up early to watch the sun rise over the Golden Rock, as the sky turns from black to gold you can feel the spirit that draws so many pilgrims here. After breakfast it’s time to take a final glimpse at this epic sight and head back down the mountain and on to the the former Royal palace in Bago. From here you’ll continue by train to Yangon, taking in the scenery and immersing yourself in local life. You’ll stay another night in Yangon before continuing on your Myanmar adventure.
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