Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto

Another highlight of Myanmar was the Golden Rock Myanmar, Kyaikhto Golden rock, Kyaikhto Myanmar.  

I highly recommend taking the train to Kyaikhto to see The Golden Rock Myanmar which is definitely a highlight…

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We then take the bus back to Yangon where we immediately catch the train to Kyaikhto ($4)

– this price is obtained by our extremely helpful bus driver who came in with us to help negotiate the price

– I highly recommend this method in Myanmar!

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Oh trains! Such a delightful way to travel and experience a country.

There is just something so open and beautiful about train travel:

venders coming through shouting out their wares, opens connections with other passengers, the ability to move about and take everything in.

golden rock Myanmar, Kyaikhto, kyaikhtiyo golden rock, kyaikhto Myanmar

golden rock Myanmar, Kyaikhto, kyaikhtiyo golden rock, kyaikhto MyanmarOne lady kept staring at my friend – later we discovered that she was quite a talented artist and had been drawing him as well as many of the other passengers on the train.

golden rock Myanmar, Kyaikhto, kyaikhtiyo golden rock, kyaikhto Myanmar

When we arrived we discovered that we have to take a truck to get to the town.

The boys were permitted to ride on the roof of the truck but Fanny and I – much to out frustration are forced to ride, stuffed between passengers, below.

Only later do we realize that the reason is most likely because there are monk passenger and it is inappropriate for women to be seated higher than a monk.

Sometimes traveling can be very frustrating as a women – it is not always easy to just accept discrimination – still the culture should be respected.

At Kyaikhto we stay at Sea Sar Guest House 09-8723288/09-49818854 $6/person w/breakfast – very nice cabins but the staff is not the friendliest.

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Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto

That same day we go to visit the Golden Rock Myanmar. Going into town we find where the trucks leave for the golden rock.  They pack us in – literally – they line wood slats up in the bed of the trucks and insist that 8 people line up on each.

The truck winds up an extremely steep road.

The view is spectacular and keeps my mind off of the knees jabbing into my back.

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The trucks stop short of the top and the rest of the hill must be accomplished on foot – or via Sherpa.

We hike up the mountain and the luscious jungle view just get even more breath taking. A valley stretches out below us and thunderheads threaten on the horizon.

The Golden rock defies gravity as it balances precariously on the edge of the mountain – this is why it has been coated in gold and become a holy site.

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It cost $6 dollars to actually go up to the rock – Fanny and I choose to save out money knowing that women are not allowed to approach the rock anyway.

The spectacular view and seeing the rock from afar is enough for me.
~A video of getting to the Golden Rock Myanmar: in Kyaikhto -video by Vagabond~

Waterfalls near the Golden Rock

We were told that there are waterfalls in the area so while the boys pay to see the rack we head back down in pursuit of waterfalls.

No one can tell us exactly where the waterfall is and others want us to pay them to take us – we set off to try to find it on our own but soon become sketched out by the men that insist on following us and decide to turn back.

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Back to Yangon

The next morning we catch a bus back to Yangon. I am able to contact the owner of a children’s home on the outskirts of Yangon and visit them for their evening devotions. I discover that although they do take in some orphans, the majority of the kids are just boarders.

They are all from the chin tribe and have come to Yangon for a better education. I teach the children actions to the song “I will call upon the Lord” and am excited to see how much they get into it.

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On the drive home I am delighted to see houses and streets lined with candles and lights floating in the sky – beautiful! I am told that it is the Festival of Lights – marking the end of Buddhist lent and the end of a 3-month period in which marriage was not allowed.

In town candle are replaced by cheesy strings of Christmas lights, which are strung awkwardly across doorways and window.

Still the effect is quite spectacular and the energy in the air in contagious. Apparently the next day there would be thousands of weddings throughout all of Myanmar – I fly back to Thailand early the next morning and am unable to witness a wedding.

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