Day 1: Yangon – Golden Rock (Meals: Drinks & snacks)
Leave around 08:30 from your hotel in Yangon by private car and English speaking driver, en route look at the war cemetery in Taukkyan where thousands of prisoners of war who worked on the death railway in Thanbyuzayat (Mawlamyine)
We continue to Bago (about 1,5 hour drive) where we visit the Kha Khat Wain monastery – one of the biggest monasteries in Myanmar and many hundreds of monks are studying Buddha teaching. Bago used to be the capital of Mon kingdom around 15th century and was called Hanthawaddy (Mon Language).
After 2 hours driver from Bago, we’ll arrive to Kyaikhto and the base camp where to take an open truck (45-mins up hill) to Golden Rock. Main luggage can be kept at the hotel if you’re staying at the hotel near base camp or in the car. Only take a back pack to take all your personal belongings and important things such as cash, passports and etc.
Golden Rock (Kayiktiyo) is one the most important pilgrimage sites for Myanmar Buddhist and maybe one of the strangest sites (miracle) for foreign visitors. A rock (gold gilded) with a small stupa (15th feet) built on top of it, is balancing on the edge of a mountain and looks as if it could tumble down into the ravine below at any moment. Buddhist believe due to some hairs of Buddha brought by a holy hermit enshrined into that hermit’s head shape rock prevent the rock from falling. People who want to get a hiking can do there and the site can be reached after a short walk (1.5 hours from Hermit Hill base camp or a long walk (about 6-7 hours from the first base camp. Surrounding the Golden Rock are many local souvenirs shops, pagoda accessories selling shops and shops selling Burmese traditional medicinal products made off indigenous animals found by the hunters living in the jungle in this region. Overnight at Mountain Top, ROH
Day 2: Golden Rock – Bago – Yangon (Meals: B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel
Bago; 15th Century Hanthawaddy Dynasty – full day
Origin of Bago was started with two Hinthar Birds (male and female), the place where male bird landed and it gradually developed as Bago City today. In the past Bago was completely under the sea. You will get to know more details when visiting Hinthargone (small hillock where Hintha Birds landed). About 2 hours drive from Yangon and Bago used to be the capital of Myanmar under king Bayinnaung (till 1819). It is an excellent place to see the remains of a former capital, temples, pagodas and monastery. Shwethalyaung (very huge reclining Buddha Image), Mahazedi and Kyaukpun Pagoda (4 Buddha Images) are worth to see. Visit to a monastery where Burmese Python is possible to visit and see just a bit outside of Bago. Around 11:00 AM, we’ll visit Kyakhatwaing monastery, one of the largest in the country and offer some fruits and soft drinks or alms to the monks. A train ride is possible when we return to Yangon around 3:00 PM to see a different way of local live and countryside, car will pick up in Yangon and transfer to your hotel.