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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
Written Jan 11, 2007
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...
Written Jan 23, 2007
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...
Written Jan 22, 2007
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.
Written Mar 4, 2005
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
Written Apr 18, 2004
Favorite thing: 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.
Updated Mar 4, 2005