Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is an important religious shrine and tourist attraction. So here’s everything you need to know for visiting the Golden Rock Myanmar.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site located in Kyaiktiyo, a municipality in the Mon State of Myanmar.
The best way to get from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is to take a bus from Aung San Stadium.
The bus costs £7 per person, the journey takes roughly 7 hours, and tickets can be booked through 12Go Asia.
Upon arrival at Kyaiktiyo bus depot you’ll have to get a tuk tuk to your accommodation.
If you’re staying anywhere near Base Camp (which we recommend) then don’t pay more than 8,000 Kyat.
Trucks run up and down to the Pagoda from 6.00am to 5.30pm daily. The truck stop is located in the middle of town. Simply ask any local and they’ll point you in the right direction.
The trucks fit around 50 people in per journey, and it will cost you 2,000 Kyat per person.
The journey up to the Pagoda takes roughly half an hour.
Drop off is at the entrance to the Golden Rock town where you still have a good 20 minute walk to the entrance Kyaiktiyo Pagoda itself.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
The best option for visiting Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, is to take a Golden Rock Group Return Day Trip From Yangon.
This private tour costs around £50 per person, and includes hotel pickup and drop-off, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle, and an English-speaking driver.
The tour departs at 5am and returns to Yangon at around 5pm the same day.
Entrance Fee: 10,000 Kyat per person.
Truck taxi from Kyaiktiyo to the entrance: 2,000 Kyat per person.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda Opening Times
Monday – Sunday: 5am – 8pm.
Best Time To Visit The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
The best time of year to visit Myanmar is during the months of November to February when the days are dry, although temperatures can reach 37°C.
However, this is also the busiest time of year, so if you visit just before or after these months you will avoid the crowds and still have some pretty good weather.
The peak of the pilgrimage season is also during November to March, so expect to witness devoted pilgrims paying their respects at Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.
Head out early to avoid the heat. We left at 8am and were on the way down before the hottest point of the day. We wouldn’t want to be heading up anytime after late morning!
What To Pack
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock, is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar.
It is a small pagoda, 24 ft high, built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees.
The Golden Rock itself, according to legend, perches itself on a strand of the Buddha’s hair. The hair is said to have been given to a hermit by Buddha himself, who in turn found a boulder which resembled his own head.
The balancing rock really seems to defy gravity and perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill.
Prepare for a bumpy ride to and from the Golden Rock. If you can, grab a seat on the end of a row, you’ll feel the breeze from the fast paced drive and hopefully end up a little less squished.
The Golden Rock is literally the only thing to do in Kyaiktiyo, so you won’t need more than a nights accommodation. However, it is one of the best things to do in Myanmar.
If you have time though, it’s well worth adding to your Myanmar itinerary!
If you are looking for a full day of visiting all the best spots in this area, including the Golden Rock, then From Yangon: Full Day Excursion to Golden Rock is perfect.
Featuring free WiFi in all areas, Kyaik Hto Hotel – The Golden Rock Pagoda offers accommodation sharing the location with the famous Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda in Myanmar.
Every room comes with a satellite TV, a seating area and an electric kettle with coffee/tea making facilities.
Air conditioning is also available in selected rooms. Fitted with shower facilities, the private bathroom includes free toiletries, a hairdryer and bathrobes.
Located in Kyaikto, 7.5 miles from Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Hotel Popular Kyaik Hto provides accommodation with a bar, free private parking and a garden.
This 3-star hotel offers room service. The property offers garden views, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available.
At the hotel, each room has a desk, a TV and a private bathroom.
Guest rooms at Hotel Popular Kyaik Hto include air conditioning and a wardrobe.
For more places to stay near in Kyaiktiyo, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.