Myanmar

3-Day Golden Rock and Hpa An Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit religious sites in Bago
  • Drive to Kin Pun camp and either climb up the mountain or take a truck to reach the top
  • Sightseeing in Hpa-An
  • Boat trip from Hpa-An to Mawlamyine
  • Visit Kadow village in Mawlamyine to discover the rural village life

tour details

Adventure through gorgeous scenery, exploring pagodas, caves, and pilgrimage sites along the way. Your journey begins with a trip to Bago, where you’ll visit a tree dedicated to ‘nats,’ or local spirits. Next, you’ll view massive Buddha images and a thousand-year old pagoda, before arriving at Kyailktiyo, the ‘Golden Rock.’ This massive sight draws people from all over Myanmar. The next day, you’ll head to Hpa-An, where you’ll see paddy fields, coconut plantations, and traditional villages. Later, you’ll visit Kawh Goon Cave, covered in small Terracotta votive tablets, before continuin to Saddham Cave and Kyauktalat Monastery. On the final day, you’ll take a boat ride up to Mawlamyine. Once there, you’ll walk through the colonial streets, admire the peaceful atmosphere and visit pagodas.

Pick-up at hotel in Yangon and drive to Bago (84km - 1'bd hours). En route, visit a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as 'Nats', a handicraft village that produces woven bamboo wares. Then, visit the Allied War Graves cemetery near Htauk Kyan. Bago sightseeing includes the 55-metre-long reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha image and Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, continue to Kin Pun "base camp" (110km - 3'bd hours) and onward to Kyaiktiyo (the "Golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. From Kin Pun, a steep and rough 11km road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in the trucks, which can be very crowded. From the "upper area", travellers have three choices of how to reach the top:
- You can walk the final stage (about 4 kilometres - 45 minutes) up steep paths, which ascend some 500 metres to the Golden Rock.
- As an easier alternative to walking, visitors can be carried in sedan chairs by four porters, at an extra cost of approximately USD 10 per person.
- Alternatively, the truck continues driving to the top.
On arrival, watch the beauty of a sunset at this important pilgrimage site.
Accommodation at Mountain Top Hotel (Deluxe Room) or similar, near Kyaikhtiyo.
Departure from Kyaiktiyo for Hpa-An (approximately 3'bdhours). Brief stop in Thahton, former capital of the Mon Kingdom. Drive along endless paddy fields, coconut plantations, and small farm villages. Arriving closer to Hpa-An, rock formations appear, similar to the ones in Halong Bay or Phang Nga. Upon arrival in Hpa-An, stroll around the town and transfer to hotel. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, Visit Kawh Goon Cave. This cave is by far the most interesting. The entrance to the cave is covered with hundreds of small Terracotta votive tablets which are plastered up to the ceiling - some are tiny, some are big. Visit Saddham Cave, great cave with 2260 feet length and many stalactites/stalagmites and the must at the end of the cave a place where daydream can grow: a natural lake at the end of the cave. Then, visit Kyauktalat Monastery. This monastery is known for its shape and location on a tiny island (access via a bridge without reeling). Very peaceful atmosphere.
Accommodation at Hpa-An Lodge (Kayin Cottage) or similar, Hpa-An.
Take a boat from Hpa-An to Mawlamyine. Stop on half-way in the village of Kadow. This sleeping village offers great opportunities to discover simple village life: stroll through the narrow main lane of the village, talk and laugh with the people! A must is the visit to the U Nar Auk Monastery which houses fantastic reliefs displaying the history of Buddha's life. If walking is too tiring, you can hire motorbike taxis. Getting out of the old monastery, proceed to Mawlamyine, the capital city of Mon state. With its colonial buildings and its leafy tropical coastal setting, Mawlamyine has a charm of its own distinct from any other town or city. Upon arrival. visit Kyaikthanlan Pagoda. This pagoda is the centre of the town, and worthwhile visiting as you can enjoy a fabulous view over the entire city and area. Lunch at local restaurant. Then, depart from Mawlamyine to Yangon (about 299km- 6 hours). Enjoy the scenery along the way back to Yangon.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car/coach as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast and L=Lunch)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking throughout guide
  • Joint transfer with pick-up trucks from base camp to upper stage
  • Porter fees
  • Local boat (Hte-La-Y) from Hpa-An to Mawlamyine
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Services not mentioned in our itinerary
  • Private trucks from base camp to upper stage
  • Sedan chairs to go up the mountain
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Yangon
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Surcharges for water festival 13-17 April will be advised at the time of booking
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Important Notes for Golden Rock:

  • The road from the base camp up to the Golden Rock has to be done by special dedicated trucks. You are not allowed to drive up there with your own vehicle. These open trucks are equipped with narrow benches on the back and seat belts.
  • Cable cars are also available from upper camp to the top. Cable cars will depart from Yathetaung upper camp to Kyaik Htee Yoe (Golden Rock) pagoda platform and return the same way. This is just one third of the journey and we still need to take the truck from the base to the upper camp. The cable cars start from 06:00hrs to 18:00hrs and the fee is US$5 per foreigner. Those who wish to try the cable cars ride, we recommend to take the ride on the way up.
  • During the raining season, the platform around the Pagoda can be slippery due to rain or mist.
  • The Golden Rock Pagoda does regular gilding in a three-year cycle. During this time, the rock will be covered in bamboo scaffolding. Prior notice is not given and exact schedule for the work are not really available.
  • Sunsets and sunrises on the platform can only be seen if you stay overnight.
  • A footpath goes up from the Golden Rock hotel to the top. The walk uphill takes around 45 minutes whereas downhill will take around 30 minutes. This path during the rainy season can be slippery.
  • As this is religious site, you are requested to have shirts with long sleeves and your knees covered. You also will have to remove your shoes and socks while walking over the platform to the Golden Rock.


    Notes:

  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.
Tour code: PKRAGHEB

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