Picture by Arian Zwegers
Only a strand of hair from Buddha are preventing it from falling down the hill, a legend says. On the granite rock covered with thin leaves of gold left by an endless stream of pilgrims and called Golden Rock stands a litte Pagoda, called Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. At the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo - at an elevation of 700 meters - this is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay. Near the top of the mountain, at Yatetaung, two large lions are guarding the entrance. From here pilgrims and visitors have to climb to the Golden Rock barefoot on a paved track for 1,2 kilometres. The rock is a spectacular sight, especially at sunset.
The town of Kyaiktiyo lies at the foot of the mountain range, between Mawlamyine and Bago.
Nearer to the Golden Rock is the village of Kinpun. From here many pilgrims hike for 11 kilometers to the Golden Rock.
To get from Kinpun to the Golden Rock you can take a truck. The truck stop is to the left of the Sea Sar Hotel.
Buses from Yangon
Buses from Yangon are running to Kyaiktiyo and Kinpun. The trip takes around 5 hours. Start at Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal. Bus company Win Express (one way 700 Kyat, ticket office in Kinput near Sea Sar Guesthouse).
Myanmar National Airlines flies to Mawlamyine daily at 11.45 am. Buses from Mawlamyine take four hours,
Bus from Bago takes 3.5 hours and stops close to the train station.
Trains from Yangon
Trains from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo take four hours, comfort is described by KirstyB.
Guesthouses in Kinpun
Pann Myo Thu
Sea Sar Guest House: A building on the street and bungalows. Small dark rooms for US$ 10 per person with breakfast and rooms with bathroom and balcony for US$ 35 per person accorting to petitefute.uk.com. Meets the basic needs, mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com say.
Picture by Looser Oswald
Hotels on the Mountain Top
Mountain Top Hotel
Golden Rock Hotel
Kyaiktiyo Hotel: USD 45. The closest hotel to the Golden Rock.
Yoe Yoe Lay Guest House
Yoe Yoe Lay Hotel
Kyaw Kyaw Guesthouse
Golden Rock Tours from Yangon by Visit Myanmar from 250 USD/person.