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By train Kyaiktiyo is 170 km from Yangon. The journey time by train from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo is scheduled to take between 4 hours 40 minutes and 4 hours 55 minutes. This means on average trains from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo travel at speeds of approximately 36.5 kilometres per hour. The distance by road on the quickest route is 184 km which is estimated take 3 hours 09 minutes if you drive all the way without a break.
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|175||18:25||23:20||4 hrs 55 m|
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The best train to take from Yangon to Kyaiktiyo is Train #89 departing from Yangon at 07:15 as this is only train which arrives in Kyaiktiyo during daylight hours, and if the train is not delayed you could visit the Golden Rock Pagoda on the same day as travelling from Yangon.
Kyaikiyo (also sometimes written as Kyaikhto or Kyaik Hto) is a small town on the highway between Yangon and Mawlamyine, at the base of a large mountain range. Other than the bus and train stations there is little in Kyaikiyo town. If you are looking for accommodation, food and drink your best option is to travel to the village of Kinpun, which is 13.8 km from Kyaikiyo train station. You can catch a bus from the bus station on the main highway in Kyaikiyo to Kinpun. There are a number of affordable guesthouses with restaurants in Kinpun village with the better and more expensive places to stay further on up the mountain.
The main reason people travel to Kyaikiyo is to visit the Golden Rock Pagoda. To reach the Golden Rock Pagoda you need to travel in one of the converted trucks which departs from the Truck Station in Kinpun village by the Sea Sar Hotel. The journey by road from the Truck Station in Kinpun Village to the closest bus station to the Golden Rock Pagoda is 11.7 km which takes slightly over 20 minutes. Trucks depart from Kinpun when they are full and the cost of the ride varies depending upon where you sit: expect to pay 3,000 MMK ($2.25 USD) to sit in the cab and 2,000 MMK ($1.50 USD) to sit in the back on the truck. From the truck stop it’s a 2.2 km walk up a steep path to get to the Pagoda. The Pagoda itself is 7 metres tall and perched upon a rock hanging over a cliff edge which has been covered in gold leaf. The Golden Rock Pagoda is a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists and one of the legends is that the rock itself is balance on a hair from the Buddha. Please note: women are not allowed to enter into the area close to the Pagoda and there are guards stationed to enforce this rule. The Golden Rock Pagoda is located on top of a mountain at an altitude of 1,100 metres and for the adventurous visit they join the pilgrims who trek up from Kinpun village, with the opportunity to extend the trek by visiting other temples which have been built on nearby mountain peaks.