Visit Myanmar’s Golden Rock and discover charming villages and countryside

Discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddha’s in Yangon to the gravity defying Kyaiktiyo Golden Rock, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue. Experience the South-East Asia of forty years ago - full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Finish
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Country
Myanmar (Burma)
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer, Short Breaks - Group Adventures
Code
TTAC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why we love this trip

  • See several of Myanmar's most iconic sites in a short space of time

  • Riding through the mountains of Mon State in an open-air truck is an experience you won't soon forget. Travel alongside pilgrims, monks and fellow travellers all heading to Kyaiktiyo

  • Balanced on the edge of cliff, covered in golden leaf and topped with a small stupa, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) embodies the beauty and spirituality of Myanmar

  • Visit the former southern capital of Myanmar, Bago - a hub of temples, former royal palaces and religious sculptures

Is this trip right for you?

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Myanmar and your group may be made up of travellers booked through Intrepid or other companies.

  • On this trip you will be escorted by an experienced local guide.

  • With the flexibility of daily departures there is a chance you may end up travelling solo on this trip. If this is the case you will still have a local guide and inclusions will remain the same.

  • While we endeavour to secure the best available accommodation at the summit of Kyaiktiyo, hotels can often be overbooked due to this being a very popular place of pilgrimage. At times you may stay in the town at the base.

  • Temperatures can be extreme in Myanmar. During the day the weather can be very hot so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop (especially in the mountains), so bring base layers and warm clothing.

Itinerary

Your Short Break Adventure starts at 8.00am on Day 1

You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Asia Plaza Hotel. Please meet your local representative in the hotel foyer between 8.00 - 8.30 am. Alternative pick up can also be arranged from the Summit Parkview Hotel, as outlined in the joining instructions below, between 7.30 – 8.00.

You can leave your main luggage at the hotel as we will return here after the tour, so we recommend you only take a small bag with a change of clothes and essential travel items.

Beautiful Burma is stepping out of a chequered past into a new era of hope and optimism. Visitors can expect to be dazzled by shimmering cities of gilded temples, enlivened by emerald green landscapes and humbled by the warm smiles of gracious villagers. Now is the time to contribute to Maynmar's blossoming future - peaceful pagodas, sacred sites, ancient towns and monasteries await.

One of Myanmar’s major landmarks, famous for its precarious position and religious importance, Kyaiktiyo the “Golden Rock” is a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff.
We arrive at the base camp of Kinpun and continue up to the Golden Rock by open truck, about an hour’s mountain drive. A further light trek to the summit we will have time to have enjoy the sunset from the top of the hill.

Descending back down, we spend the night at our hotel in Kyaiktiyo.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Kyaiktiyo - Golden Rock & Pagoda
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast this morning, we walk for 30mins to reach Kyee Kan Pa Sat (Crow's mouth Cave); an important place of worship for the local people. On the way we will pass by some local handicrafts selling local produce.
Midmorning we will return Yangon via Bago through rice fields and small towns. When we arrive in Bago we will visit the local market, Kanbawza Thardi Palace built by King Bayinnaung, the Kalayani Sima (Ordination Hall), Shwemawdaw Pagoda, and Shwethalyaung Pagoda - home to what many say is the world’s most beautiful reclining Buddha. We then return to Yangon.

You will be dropped off at the Asia Plaza Hotel, and no accommodation is included for tonight. You are able to add extra accommodation at time of booking, please contact Intrepid or your travel agent for more information.

Your tour finishes in Yangon at 5pm. If you are leaving Myanmar today then please keep this in mind when booking outbound flights.
Included Activities
  • Bago - Tour of Palace, Kalayani Sima, Shwemawdaw & Shwethalyaung Pagodas
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

1 breakfast

Transport

Private Bus, Truck

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

  • Mt Kyaiktiyo - Golden Rock & Pagoda
  • Bago - Tour of Palace, Kalayani Sima, Shwemawdaw & Shwethalyaung Pagodas

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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure begins from the joining point hotel at 8am on Day 1 and finishes with a drop off at the same hotel at 5pm the following day. Please take this into consideration when booking flights and accommodation.
2. Pick-up will take place between 8 - 8.30 am from the Asia Plaza Hotel. (Please see Day 1).
3. If you require pick up from the alternative pick up point at the Summit Parkview Hotel Yangon, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
4. In 2016 this trip had the code TTAC-C.

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