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Reviewed 20 April 2019 via mobile

It’s spectacular.
It’s possible to make an one-day trip from Yangon. We hired a van with a driver and left Yangon around 6am. Arrived in Kyaiktiyo around 9h30 and then left the place in the early hours of afternoon, 3pm.

The trips with the truck up and down to the Golden Rock were a bit bizarre. It was during the water festival, so we got soaking wet from the moment the truck left it’s base, all the way up to the Rock. But more bizarre is the way how local people jumped the queue to get seats in the back side of the truck. Hi the truck drivers were so skilled, they must know every stone on that route.

On the top, the distance for bare feet is rather long for the heat we had between 11am-2pm. I got my (under)feet burnt due to the heat even though we tried to only step on white tiles which absorb less heat from the sun.

But the total experience was wonderful, worth making the efforts.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank TVRoetert
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Reviewed 6 April 2019

Golden Rock. A day trip from Yangon. It passes the town Bago which features 4-5 temples/pagodas worth the visit. At the foot of the hill below Kyaiktiyo, one needs to ride on a truck that can hold 50-80 people (rows of seats; 8-10 rows, each row seats 6-8). One pays 2,000 Kyat for the truck ride up the hill (and another 2,000 Kyat down on return trip). At the Pagoda, there is an admission of 10,000 Kyat which they will issue you a tag on a lanyard to be wore around your neck. If you do not dress modestly, such as short shorts and for ladies bare back, you will be required to purchase a garment (eg Longji to be wore as your 'pants' or to wrap around your shoulders. Always respect the culture please.
It is advisable to go in the late afternoon to witness the glorious sunlight gleaming off the rock in golden hue. There are hotel accomodation on site (I counted three) but it is costly.
It is a great place to visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank QuietAutumn
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Reviewed 25 March 2019

Walk around. Take your time. Breathe deeply and enjoy the sights, the people, and the atmosphere. Go before sunset and stay until it is dark. You will not be disappointed.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ArnaModiinIsrael
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Reviewed 12 March 2019 via mobile

By way of update to recent reviews, the golden rock is back open/uncovered and is looking great (see photos)! It is an enjoyable half day outing with a rollercoaster truck ride to the top and fantastic views of the rock and surrounding countryside.

Getting there you can either:
1. Truck - take a truck from the terminal in the centre of Kinpun (near KFC) for 2000kyt each way (c.45mins with stopping (you are not allowed to get out));
2. Hike - we did not do this but apparently it takes 3.5-4 hours from Kinpun to the top with plenty of vendors for snacks/drinks on the way. See other reviews for tips on hiking (we did not know about this when we went but think this would have been very fun). Suggest you leave early (6 or 7am) to avoid heat. It is circa 900-1000m of climbing. The road the trucks take is 7miles long although there is apparently a separate/nicer hiking trail (which may be shorter).
3. Truck and cable car - take a truck up part of the way (same truck as 1 above, still 2000kyt/no discount offered) and take a cable car for the remainder. The cable car is very short and looked a bit pointless to us (since the views from the top/pagoda are likely to be just as good as from the CC and you will have already paid for a truck ride all the way to the top). If you really hate the driving here though you might appreciate saving the extra 5-10 minutes of travelling in the truck.

- Truck - 4000 kyt (2000 each way)
- Entrance to pagoda - 10,000 kyt pp
- Gold leaf to plaster on rock - 2000 kyt (optional for men only I’m afraid)
- Excellent mango smoothie at hotel terrace which is just past the rock - 4000 kyt (optional but recommended since great views/relaxing out of the sun under umbrellas)
- Ice cream sundae at KFC (seems to be the only place to buy an ice cream in town) to celebrate returning from the trucks alive - 1200kyt

- take a covering for your legs. The no knees rule for temples is enforced here (for both men and women)
- Take as little stuff as possible- the trucks are very cramped and you may not appreciate a backpack on your lap or the floor (which may have vomit on it).
- The truck drivers drive like maniacs and each time people were sick (mainly children but some adults too). If you get car sick have a lighter breakfast (or no breakfast) take a plastic bag and try to get a ‘window’ seat on the side for more fresh air/sick opportunities. Don’t worry - the ride down is (weirdly) better.
- Carry your flip flops (or, preferably, put them in a bag) when you enter the temple complex as there are more pagodas the other side of the big rock which you will want your shoes to walk to (you may also want them for going into the frequent and free public loos).
- Trucks apparently stop at 6pm (so don’t dawdle).
- Enjoy!

Is it worth a day trip from Yangon?
Many people have complained in the reviews that this was not worth a day trip from Yangon (especially when the rock itself was covered for repairs). Personally, we think a day trip from Yangon might be a bit tiring/excessive (4-5 hours for the bus each way and 3-4 hours for visiting the mountain). We stayed in Kinpun at the “Shwe Hinnthar Hotel” which has a swimming pool (slightly grimey but very refreshing) and an excellent (if slightly empty restaurant). See hotel photo. If you are visiting from Yangon I would recommend that you break up the journey by staying a night in Kinpun after visiting the mountain - you will appreciate a dip in the pool after the mountain. There are also other (easier) hikes in the area and a small weird arcade/Ferris wheel in town if you fancy staying for longer. One of the hikes is to a smaller version of the golden rock (seen in background of hotel photo)- this hike is much shorter than the one to the main rock.

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Date of experience: February 2019
5  Thank N1598NHrichardb
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

Hiking up the mountain to witness this beautiful spectacle at sunset. The accommodation and food was great at the top.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Adriel r
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