How to Travel from Yangon to Golden Rock
Among thousands of impressive pagodas as well as temples in Burma, the incredible Golden rock, also known as Kyaiktiyo pagoda is the most popular spiritual site that cannot be missed when visiting this beautiful country. As Yangon is the first place that tourists arrive in Myanmar, the Golden rock is an ideal nature and authentic place to visit owing to its location which is quite close to the city, just about 200 km to the east.
The shimmering golden rock hangs in the very edge of the steep cliff defying the power of gravity where pilgrims from all over the country come to worship. Legend has it the rock boulder gains its perfect balance owing to the stand of Buddhist’s hair is kept in the stupa above. If you wonder how to travel from Yangon to Golden Rock, there are 2 modes of transport that take you to this jaw – dropping holy site.
Although you can hire a taxi or car with driver to get to the site but the price is not inexpensive, usually goes around 70,000 – 100,000 kyat a day (about $50 – 75US), the most recommended transportation is long – distance bus. The journey can be bumpy but budget friendly, just about 8,000 kyat (about 6 dollars).
There are 2 kinds of coaches, regular and premium. But you should choose the VIP one for more spaces and comfortable and the price is reasonable.
It will take about 5 hours to arrive at Kinpun, 10 km from the tourist spot which is known as the base camp of the Kyaiktiyo mountain. Here you have 2 options to reach the Golden rock. The first is to take the public truck which costs 2,500 kyat (approximately $2US) each way and the other choice is to hike taking about 5 to 7 hours.
Yangon terminal is Aung Mingalar bus station or highway bus station. The ticket can also be bought here too. Make sure your bus has Kinpun stop (the nearest town to the site) in its itinerary and do not get off at Kyaikhto because this town is 30km far from the golden rock. Catch the early bus so you can have more time in the spots to enjoy yourself. The earliest one leaves at 6:30 am.
The price for a trip to Yangon to Golden rock is about 1,000 – 3,000 kyat (about 1.5 – 2.5 USD) depending on type of seat and train class. The train is only stop at Kyaikhto which means you have to take another bus or train to reach the base camp – Kinpun. Train in Myanamar is less reliable. It is said to be taken 4 hours to get to the Kyaikhto but there will be delays encountered along the way.
You can book train ticket at the Yangon Station located in city’s downtown a few days prior or have the hotel reserve it for you. Remember to bring your passport if you buy ticket by yourself.
In spite of the long bumpy journey, taking a train trip from Yangon to Golden rock provides a perfect chance to interact with Burmese people on board as well as have an insight view into their local life.
Furthermore, the peaceful and tranquil countryside landscapes outside the window can calm any traveler souls. It is such a great escape from the bustle life of the Yangon metropolis.
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