Difference between revisions of "Kyaiktiyo"
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Buses depart from Yangon to Kyaikhto town from early morning until around 2:30pm (during the non-rainy season there are probably more). The journey takes around four and a half hours, and costs 7,000 kyat.
It is possible to travel to Kinpun, at the base of Kyaiktiyo mountain, on the same bus (Kinpun is roughly six miles from Kyaikhto). Most people travel to the area to climb the mountain, and there is no real reason to stay in Kyaikhto 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 2,500 kyat (Mar.2013).
It is possible to get carried up the mountain on a throne (not kidding) for around US$8. How happy the Burmese are with this mode of transport remains questionable. Not advised for overweight tourists.
It costs $US5 (per person) to see Golden Rock, and an additional $US3 if you want to take photographs. Consider climbing the mountain with empty pockets in case asked by officials.
There is also a pilgrims path up to the golden rock, wich takes about 4-5h up and about 3h down and climbs roughly 1000m of altitude. The path is mainly in the shade and is therefore also managable during hot and sunny days.
Being a tourist attraction, the limited selection of restaurants in the mountain's surrounds are basic and practically identical.
Pann Myo Thu - in Kinpun, about 10 kilometres from Kyaiktiyo town and at the base of Golden Rock mountain - Friendly and helpful English-speaking staff, as well as cheap prices: a standard double room is $US8 per night, while a much classier equivalent costs a mere $US2 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.
Kyaw Kyaw - For accomodation at the Golden Rock, already inside the no-shoes area, call Mr. Kyaw Kyaw 09.8625177 or 09.401580555. The guesthouse is open for foreign tourists. Free internet access.