- Wander through the colonial charm of Yangon
- Explore Shwedagon Pagoda with its golden stupa
- Climb the Golden Rock and witness many Buddhist pilgrims
- Discover Bago, the capital of 16th century Mon kingdom
- Learn about the war at the Allied War Cemetery
Day 1 Depart Yangon, drive to Kyaihtiyo and the Golden Rock
Day 2 Descend Golden Rock, travel via Bago and Allied Cemetery to Yangon
Day 3 In Yangon, transfer to the airport, trip concludes.
We depart Yangon early this morning for a journey by road to Kyaihtiyo a small town in the Mon state, and the Golden Rock. In the late morning, we arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs). We travel by local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where we will be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (extra cost not included) The rock is completely covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of the cliff. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage.
Overnight: Near Golden Rock
After breakfast, you return to the base camp by open truck and begin the returm journey to Yangon. En route stop in Bago (approx 80kms north of Yangon), the capital of the 16th century Mon kingdom. Bago is one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar. Apparently Mons were the first to settle at this site. Two Mon brothers Thamala and Wimala first founded the city about 825 A.D. In Bago you will visit the Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55m long reclining Buddha. Then to the Mon style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114m spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. The Shwemawdaw or ‘Great Golden God Pagoda’ of Bago has been growing for more than 1000 years. The pagoda was originally built by 2 merchants, Taphussa and Bhalita, to house some hair and teeth relics of the Buddha.The huge spire, originally built to a height of 23m in the 8th century, has over the centuries become the tallest of the Burmese pagodas at 114m. As with other pagodas, this growth in size occurred during numerous reconstruction periods, usually following earthquakes. The most recent quake, in 1930, nearly leveled the ancient structure and it was not until 1952 that it again dominated the Bago skyline. Because of these relics, Shwemawdaw is visited by throngs of Buddhist pilgrims during all hours of the day and night. On the way back to Yangon you will also stop off at the Allied War Cemetery. This beautiful and peaceful cemetery is the final resting place of more than 27,000 stone graves of Commonwealth and Allied soldiers.
Overnight Yangon hotel.
Today you will have some free time at your leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight, where the trip concludes.
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