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 short trip for anyone wishing to linger a little longer in Myanmar this 2 day extension takes in the 2 famous sites of Bago, (the former Mon capital of Pegu), and the spectacular Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo, both within convenient driving distance of Yangon.
The trip includes a local train journey to Bago, overnight at Kyaiktiyo, a spectacular dawn climb to the Golden Rock and a visit to the famous, albeit tragic, vast Allied war cemetery at Htaukkyant.
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 kilometers 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 Kyaikhtiyo, where we’ll continue by truck to the halfway point of the mountain for a 45 minute hike to the summit – spectacular views guaranteed! Kyaikhtiyo 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, Kyaikto, (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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