Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo) is located 1100m above sea level on top of Kyaiktiyo. It is very popular both for locals and international travelers because of its legend and mystery.
Let me give you a brief explanation about its history which is related to Buddha. Buddha gave one strand of his hair to the hermit and in turn, gave to the King wishing to be enshrined in a boulder shaped like the hermit's head. With the help of Tha-Gya-Min, mentioned being the king of Heaven in Buddha Cosmology, they found a rock at the bottom of the sea and transport it to current place. People believe that it is the power of the strand which keeps the rock from tumbling down the hill.
What are the main attractions in Kyaikhtiyoe Golden Rock?
Some people might think that it is not worth to be tired of walking just to see a rock. But if you have experienced it, you will love it.
Whether you go to Golden rock by car or by train, you will first reach Kinpun village what we call Kinpun station located at the base of Mt.Kyaikhtiyo. You can choose to continue with truck or trekking.
When it is in peak season, it is really crowded in the truck departure area. For the seat, you can choose to in the cab that will be a bit more expensive or in the back where there are 7 rows with 6 people each.
Another option is the palanquin service that will be suitable for the old or the disabled. A porter will carry you in the cart to the top of the mountain.
If you don't mind tired of walking, I would suggest you take the walking trail. From Kinpun Station to the top of the mountain, you will have to walk 11 km (6.8miles) that will take around 5 hours. But you can enjoy your time trying local foods and visiting temples and pagodas along the way.
Kyaikhtiyoe Cable Car
It is the first cable car in Myanmar which can provide better transportation from Ya Thae Taung to Kyaikhtiyo station and scenic view of the surrounding. It operates from 5:00 to 18:00 and can carry 8 passengers per cabin.
But the cable car station is only in Ya Thae Taung and on the top of the mountain. So, you still need to go from Kin Pun station to Ya Thae Taung by truck. It will cost 5000MMK for one trip and 7000MMK for a roundtrip. So, I want to suggest to go first to the Kyaikhtiyo station by truck and take a round trip just to enjoy the view from the cable car.
When you go to Kyaikhtiyo, spending a day at Sein Lat Tin resort is a must. This resort has a spacious garden full of fun activities like bungee jumping, zip line, mountain climbing, and paintball. You can take photos with adorable animals and you can also spend a night if want to.
Temperature in Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock)
- 23(73) - 27(81) in the hot season(mid-February to mid-May)
- 24(75) - 25(77) in the rainy season(mid-May to late October)
- 21(70) - 23(73) in winter(late October to mid-February)
Hotels in Kyaikhtiyoe (Golden Rock)
Mountain Top Hotel - located 5 min walk away from Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda and the price ranges from $75 to $125.
Golden Rock Hotel - it is a 45 min trek to the pagoda and the price ranges from $50 to $75.
Pepper Garden Resort - located near Kin Pun station and costs around $50.
Bawgatheiddhi Hotel - located near Kin Pun Camp and the price ranges from $22 to $85.
(Room rates depend on your travel date)