Bago and the Golden Rock
A fascinating addition to your Burma (Myanmar) tour
2-day tour to Bago and the spectacular Golden Rock
An ideal, optional add-on or extension for anyone wishing to linger a little longer in Myanmar, this fully accompanied, 2-day mini-tour takes in the famous sites of Bago, (the former ancient capital of the Mon civilisation Pegu), and the spectacular Golden Rock – known locally as Kyaiktiyo – both of which lie within convenient driving distance of Yangon.
The trip includes a journey by local train to Bago, overnight on top of the mountain at Kyaiktiyo, sunrise and sunset visits to the nearby Golden Rock and a stop at the famous, albeit tragic, vast Allied war cemetery at Htaukkyant.
While a trip to and overnight on the summit of the Golden Rock is included in our Famous Sites and Hidden Secrets tour as well as our South Burma (Myanmar) tour this mini-tour starts and finishes in Yangon and so, for anyone with a couple of days to spare – or wishing to squeeze the most out of that airfare – makes a suitable extension to our standard Discover Burma itinerary. Extra nights’ accommodation in Yangon is available on request or alternatively we can drop you directly at Yangon International Airport on day 2 if that proves more convenient?
Our cost is based upon 2 person sharing, (either twin or double accommodation) while a single supplement is available for solo travellers. (Discounts are of course also available for larger groups.)
Note this Bago and the Golden Rock tour can be adapted for any fitness level and the ascent (and of course descent) of Mount Kyaiktiyo can be made on foot or by vehicle (shared truck) as you prefer.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Rangoon to the Golden Rock - train to Bago
Morning departure by local train for Bago, the former capital of the mighty 15th century Mon Kingdom of Pegu, situated some 80 kilometres northeast of Yangon. Visit the well-restored palace of Kanbawza Thadi from where King Bayintnaung reigned in the late 16th-century and Shwemawdaw Pagoda built over 2,000 years ago. On to Kinpun base camp at Kyaiktiyo, where we’ll continue by truck to the halfway point of the mountain for a 45-minute hike to the summit – spectacular views guaranteed! Kyaiktiyo is one of Myanmar’s most sacred sites; a huge, gold-leaf covered boulder balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff, 3,615 ft above sea level.
Overnight: Kyaikhtiyo, (Golden Rock) Transport: Train, Taxi, Walk, Meals: L,
Day 2 - Kyaikhtiyo - the Golden Rock
Early start to catch the sunrise amongst the mountains before commencing our return journey to Yangon. Stops en route will include the Shwethalyaung reclining Buddha and Kyaikpun Pagoda at Bago and the vast Allied war cemetery near Htaukkyant, the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers who died during the Burma campaign of World War II. Late afternoon arrival in Yangon and end of programme.
Additional nights in Yangon before or after the extension are available if required
Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B, L,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
2 day tour from Yangon travelling by local train to the ancient capital, Bago and on to the dramatic, mountain-top Golden Rock for sunset and sunrise visits and an overnight stay on the summit
- Local train ride through the picturesque Burmese countryside
- Spectacular mountain views
- Fabulous pagodas and temples of the ancient Mon capital of Bago
- Sunset and sunrise at the Golden Rock
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Mountain Top Hotel Golden Rock view
- On the mt summit, a short walk from the Rock itself
- Wait 'til you see the views!
- Almost as precariously perched as the nearby Golden Rock
Asia Plaza Hotel Yangon view
- Great central location near Scott Market
- Rooftop bar with 360 degree views
- Friendly, helpful staff
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
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