A Day Trip to The Golden Rock

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

  • Day trip to the Golden Rock
  • Watch the beauty and its important pilgrimage site
  • Experience on open truck as a local

tour details

Day return trip to The Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Myanmar Buddhists. The gold leaf-covered boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda. To reach the top of the mountain (500 meters in elevation), one can either walk up (13 Km) from the valley floor (which will take around 7 hours or more), or board open trucks that drive passengers up a steep and winding mountain road to the top. From the pagoda one can observe the pilgrims devout in prayer or applying gold leaf to the boulder, and enjoy a spectacular view of the valley below.

tour description

Early morning, you are picked up at your Yangon hotel and driven to Kin Pun where you start in the trucks (45minutes) and on foot (20minutes) for Kyaikhtiyo (the 'Golden Rock'). On arrival, walk over a large platform to the Golden Rock and watch the beauty at this important pilgrimage site. Usually the place is lively with many people coming to spend precious moments here. Lunch at Mountain Top Hotel.
After Lunch, return with an open truck to Kin Pun base camp, and re-join your car and driver. Drive back to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel.


  • Transportation in A/C vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Join-in transfer on open truck
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fee / Zone Fee in Kyaikhtiyo
  • English speaking local tour guide (other language guides are available on request and surcharges apply)
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


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.

  • 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.
Tour code: RGNDYGDR

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