Kyaiktyo (pronounced 'CHAI-tee-oh') is one of the most revered holy places in Myanmar.The small village of Kyaikto lies about 100 kms northeast of Yangon.From here one can take a transport-lorry halfway up the mountain, from there a steep path leads, crossing some small villages, up to the holy rock. There a huge golden boulder sits precariously on...more
On the way to Kyaiktiyo one can find a lot of open-air beer-pubs, serving a delicious draft.beer.Most of the burmese breweries have been founded at the beginning of the last century by german expatriates. So you can savour a very good and cheap drink, wherever you find the sign of "Myanmar Premium Quality"more
Before you enter the Golden Rock area by the end of your anscent, you first pay your entrance fee (in US$). They write down your name and nationality (statistics??). Luckily the ticket entitles you to visit Golden Rock as many times as you wish within a few days. Then at the entrance you have to take off your shoes and socks (carry them in a bag or...more
This mystical pagoda built in the enshrinement of Buddha relic stands on a gold gilded boulder, precariously perched on the edge of the hill over 1100 km above sea-level. The pagoda on top of the boulder is called in Mon language Kyaik-I -thi-ro, which means "pagoda carried by a hermit on the head" Kyaik-I-thi-ro later came to be known as Kyaiktiyo...more
This man gave me a massage for only USD5 for 45 minutes which include reflexology and shoulder massage. As you can see from the pic, he'susing the herbal oil to do the massaging. Kinda experience I would said.You can find his shop at the Kyaithiyo street not far from the golden rock.more
Tho' I lacked the foresight to photograph these things, I did see a strange sight or two during the hike up the hill to Kyaiktiyo...One guy waved me over and gestured into a large garbage back he was holding.... Inside was a large constrictor snake that I guess, he recently grabbed from the nearby woods... More startling was a local barbeque that...more
When you start ancending to Golden Rock, you'll find numerous open air restaurants all over the way. We picked up one for locals almost opposite to Mountain top Hotel. Food was bad: meat was cold, very spicy and hard to eat, only the freshly cooked noodles had some quality. Apart from that, the price was one of the most expensive we paid in Myanmar. So better check out where other foreigners eat. Lonely Planet guidebook was not af great help in the subject...
In general Kyaiktiyo is expensive in terms of accommodation and food
You can't expect night life in a pilgrimage centre like Kyaiktiyo, but nevertheless it's a place where you stay later at night watching the people passing by, lighting candle and praying.
But just by the entrance we even met a group of youngsters that played their guitar singing local songs...
Pilgrims and foreign tourists that visit Kyaiktiyo spend the night at or near to Golden Rock. As it is logical a lot of personal items must be carried (blankets, food, kids!! etc).We saw a lot of locals carrying these huge baskets in their back, where you can put anything you want to be transported. It's a tiring and hard earning money job and I...more
Where the trucks drop you off, it's another 45minutes (at least) walk up to reach Golden Rock. As we decided to visit the area at night and during daylight, that meant double effort.It was ok for the night ascent, but the next morning I felt my feet joints bit bruised and aching me. So we decided to take the lazy option which I admit it was one of...more
There're quite a numbers of stalls you can find along the way to the top. You will get a good deal from these stall owners. They don't speak english well, but they're friendly and so eager to sell you their natural stuff such as roots, home made comb, sandal wood, drinks and etc.more
Though the road up to Golden Rock is paved, there are some short cuts with stairs (specially at the last part). So if you return at night take a torch with you as it is possible to fall down.
Also take your time going up, it can be tiring, specially if the day is hot. Luckily there are food stalls in every turn with readily available refreshments.
Coming down is faster but watch your step as you might start rolling...
You may need the strong locals who carry your backpack to the Golden Rock from the middle camp. FYI, they charge within 1500-2000k for one way.
Unique Suggestions: Simply walk away if they charge more than 2000k.
Fun Alternatives: They're numbers of strongmen at the middle camp who will approach you for a good deal.
at the fishermans village near kyaitkyo we came across this young man with a deity balanced on his head.. I remember seeing this in Tamil Nadu in India.
I vaguely remember it being called Kumbum but i will check on it and correct myself
Friendly people and great weather.
Fondest memory: Burmese from all over Myanmar .
How I wished I could have the simple mindset like the burmese I've met in Kyaiktiyo.