Visit Burma’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.

Start
Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
Finish
Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
Countries
Burma (Myanmar)
Themes
Explorer, Short Breaks - Group Adventures
Code
TTAC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 6
Carbon offset
40kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Marvel at gravity defying Golden Rock
  • Experience the colonial charm of Yangon
  • Wander local markets in Bago
  • Admire the reclining Buddha of Shwethalyaung Pagoda

Itinerary

Min Gala Ba! Welcome to Myanmar.
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.
Meet at the Taw Win Garden Hotel at 8am for the 5 hour (approx.) transfer to Kyaiktiyo, home of the Golden Rock (please refer to the Joining Point Instructions for the full hotel details).
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.
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.

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 the Taw Win Garden 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.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast
Transport
Minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bago - Tour of Palace, Kalayani Sima, Shwemawdaw & Shwethalyaung Pagodas
  • Mt Kyaiktiyo - Golden Rock & Pagoda

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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure starts at 8.00am on Day 1, and finishes at 5.00pm on Day 2.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. Pick-up will take place between 8 - 8.30 am from the street level elevator entrance to the Taw Win Garden Hotel.
3. If you require pick up from the alternative pick up point at the Asia Plaza Hotel Yangon, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.

Trip notes

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