A Day Trip to The Golden Rock

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: All day

12 hours    English, French, Russian, Spanish, German    Yangon, Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock)

tour highlights

  • Day trip to the Golden Rock
  • Watch the beauty and its important pilgrimage site
  • Experience a ride in an open truck (same as local people do)

tour details

The day return trip to the Golden Rock near 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. From the pagoda, you can observe the pilgrims devout in prayers or applying gold leaf to the boulder, while enjoying a spectacular view of the valley below.

Why choose this tour?

  • Day return trip to the most pilgrimaged site, Golden Rock in Myanmar
  • Mingling with locals on public truck on a steep road to the top of Kyaikhtiyo mountain
  • Admiring the supernatural and magnificent features of Golden Rock

tour description

Pick up from your Yangon hotel. Drive to Kin Pun (base camp) where you will change from your vehicle to a truck which brings you up on a steep road to the top of the mountain. The truck ride takes approximately 45 minutes. 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 the open truck back to Kin Pun base camp, and re-join your car and driver. Drive back to Yangon. Upon arrival in Yangon and transfer to your hotel.

customise the tour

  • Enjoy an overnight stay on Kyaikhtiyo mountain
  • Take a cable ride from Yathetaung to earn a panoramic view of hazy mountain ranges
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles from Yangon to the base camp and return
  • 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


  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.

    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 Kyaikhtiyo (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 06:00 to 18:00 hours 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.
Tour code: EXYFTGRB

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