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Kyaikto Travel Guide

  
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    Kyaikto is a small town about 160 km from Yangon, famous for its Kyaiktiyo Pagoda with a golden boulder balancing precariously over a cliff.

    The nearest town to the pagoda is actually Kinpun, 6 miles away from Kyaikto at the base of the Golden Rock mountain.

    Getting to Kyaikto and the Golden Rock

    Buses depart from Yangon to Kyaikhto town from early morning until around 2:30pm (during the non-rainy season there are likely more). The journey takes around four and a half hours, and costs 7,000 kyat.

    Balancing Act of the Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)   <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

    It is possible to travel to Kinpun, at the base of Kyaiktiyo mountain, on the same bus (Kinpun is roughly six miles from Kyaikto). Most people travel to the area to climb the mountain, and there is no real reason to stay in Kyaikto as opposed to Kinpun.

    Uncomfortable (but nonetheless interesting) pick-ups head up the mountain when sufficiently full of tourists. A wooden plank costs 1,500 kyat, or a more ordinary front seat 2,000 kyat.

    It is possible to get carried up the mountain on a throne (not kidding) for something like seven dollars. How happy the Burmese are with this mode of transport remains questionable. Not advised for overweight travelers.

    Hotels and Restaurants

    Pann Myo Thu Hotel in Kinpun, at the base of Golden Rock mountain has friendly and helpful English-speaking staff, as well as cheap prices: a standard double room is $8 per night, while a much classier equivalent costs a mere $2 more. For a basic toast and coffee breakfast, add one more dollar per person. During the rainy season, you will most likely be the only guest.

    Being a tourist attraction, the limited selection of restaurants in the mountain's surrounds are basic and practically identical.

    Tips

    Think about whether you want to pay the child-enslaving, aid-denying military government the mandatory $6 to see Golden Rock, and an additional $3 if you want to take photographs. Consider climbing the mountain with empty pockets in case asked by officials.

    




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