2 - Day Kyaikhtiyo / golden Rock
Yangon - Bago - Kyaiktiyo - Yangon
DAY 1: Pick-up at hotel in YANGON and drive to BAGO (84 km - 11/2 hours). En route, visit the Allied War Graves cemetery near HTAUK KYAN, a tree shrine dedicated to legendary animist spirits known as "Nats", a handicraft village producing woven bamboo wares and KYAIK PUN PAGODA, famous for its four giant Buddha figures. In Bago sightseeing includes the SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA, which is over a thousand years old. Its spire is even taller than that of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. After lunch, continue to KIN PUN "base camp" (110 km - 31/2 hours) and onward to KYAIKHTIYO (the "golden Rock"), a huge boulder completely covered by gold leaves and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. From KIN PUN, a steep and rough 11-km dirt road leads to the upper staging point, a journey made in open trucks, which can be very crowded. From the "upper area", travelers must walk the final stage (about 4 kilometers) up steep paths, which ascend some 500 meters to the golden ROCK. As an easier alternative to walking, visitors can be carried in sedan chairs by four porters, at an extra cost of approximately US$ 10 per person. On arrival, watch the beauty of a sunset at this important pilgrimage site. Dinner and overnight near Kyaikhtiyo.
Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon (B/L/-)
DAY 2: Return to YANGON via BAGO. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Bago. Continue with sightseeing in Bago including the 55-meter-long reclining SHWE THA LYAUNG Buddha image, one of the country's most revered objects. Visit MAHA KLYANI SIMA ordination hall and MAHAZEDI ("Great Stupa"), offering panoramic views. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel.
Important note: The region around Kyaikhtiyo is still undeveloped for most aspects of tourism. The Travel Agent will endeavor to obtain the best available accommodation, transport and facilities for guests, but would ask for their understanding for any practical aspects that do not come up to expectations and for delays or changes in the itinerary. Due to road conditions, travel in this region is not recommended during the monsoon season (June - September).
Accommodation with breakfast at hotels.
Lunch and dinner in Yangon.