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Cycling Golden Rock & Mon Rock - 9 Days


Myanmar's ancient and spiritual Mon State offers incredible opportunities for exploration, and there is no better way to discover the region than by bicycle.

After a day discovering the golden spires of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, guests will cycle to the former Mon capital, Bago, and visit a temple that soars even higher.

Moving south, the journey unveils the gravity-defying Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo, which is perched precariously on a cliff's edge.

Over the course of nine days, visitors will be able to discover the rich cultures of the Burmese, Kayin, and Mon people.


Day 1 - Arrive Yangon (L,D)


Upon arrival in Yangon, your guide will welcome and transfer you to your hotel.

Your journey begins with a tour around the city, walking by graceful colonial buildings and glittering stupas as well as observing the lifestyle of the local people.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, proceed to visit Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. A visit to Kyaukhtatgyi provides a great overview of Buddhism with murals depicting the life of Buddha, the feet of the statue carved with traditional symbols and often many locals gathering to pay homage and pray.

Late this afternoon, continue your sightseeing to the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar known as “Shwedagon Pagoda”.The central stupa is 90 meters tall and gilded with pure gold leaf. As the sun begins to set enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pagoda and surrounding skyline before transferring back to dinner.

Welcome dinner at Padonmar Restaurant.

Overnight in Yangon.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Yangon Airport to Hotel: 30 mins


Day 2 - Yangon - Bago (B,L,D)


After breakfast, you will transfer out of the city and begin your cycling journey with a trip to Bago (3/4 hours). Bago is located 80kms to the northeast of Yangon and served as the capital of the Mon Kingdom of Lower Myanmar during the 15th century. Stop to visit the Allied War Cemetery near the town of Htaukkyant, the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers who fought in Burma.

Enjoy a local lunch en-route.

Your visit in Bago begins at Shwethalyaung Temple which houses a beautiful 55-meter long reclining Buddha. Continue to the Mon-style Shwemawdaw Pagoda, one of the most venerated in Myanmar and whose 114 meter spire is taller than the one at Shwedagon Pagoda. While in Bago we’ll also take time to visit the city’s local sites, including the town market and a Mon neighbourhood.

Dinner at local restaurant

Overnight in Bago.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from hotel to out of town area: 1 hour

Cycling distance: up to 53 km

Difficulty: Easy


Day 3 - Bago - Kyaikhtiyo (B,L,D)


After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the starting point your day of cycling, small town Waw, in the Mon State. From here you will enjoy the Burmese countryside as your surroundings alternate from small plantations and tiny villages. You will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals as the roadside vendors are ready to sell you anything from watermelons to gasoline.

Local lunch along the way.

After lunch, we will continue cycling until we reach the town of Kinpun, also known as ‘basecamp’ for the journey to the Golden Rock. From the base of the mountain you will be transported by a local, open-air truck along a winding road (45 minutes) where you be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (Extra cost not included)

After about one hour of walking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by over 60 tons of gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar's main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhists from across the country come here to pay homage.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Kyaikhtiyo.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Bago to Waw: 1 hour

Cycling distance: up to 66 km

Difficulty: Medium


Day 4 - Kyaikhtiyo - Thahton (B,L,D)


This morning there is the option to visit the Golden Rock again to see the rising sun casting its rays upon the rock. Starting from the pre-dawn hour, local pilgrims gather by the rock to make offerings in the solitude of the morning.

Return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck.

Today we will start riding from Kyaikhto southeast to Tha Hton. In the 3rd century BC, Tha Hton was the capital of the Mon State. Its port was tactically placed as it is situated directly east of Yangon, across the Gulf of Moattama. To the Burmese, however, Tha Hton is known as a spiritual land as it is the origin of the country’s specific form of Buddhism, the Theravada practice. Myanmar is the final remaining country in the world that this form of Buddhism is still practiced. Theravada Buddhism is known as the oldest form of Buddhism and today you will cycle to its ancient origins.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Tha Hton.

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Kyaikhtiyo to Kyaikhto: 15 mins

Cycling distance: up to 68 km

Difficulty: Medium


Day 5 - Thahton - Mawlamyaing (B,L,D)


After breakfast at a local tea shop, we begin riding with a journey to Mawlamyaing (6 hours), the first capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852. Once known as Moulemein, as written by Rudyard Kipling in his poem Mandalay, the city still retains some of the atmosphere of the colonial times.

Local lunch along the way.

In the afternoon, you will arrive in Mawlamyaing and you will proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda, built in traditional Mon-style, and Kyaikthanlan Pagoda, the city's tallest and most visible stupa. Continue to the beautiful Seindon Mibaya, a wooden monastery over 100 years old. Walk along the town’s Strand Road for a glimpse of the impressive Kaladan Mosque, which was built during the colonial era when many Indians came to work for the British in Mawlamein.

This afternoon, board a private boat to visit Khaung Sae Kyun (Shampoo Island). It is said that Mon Kings used to come this island to announce water festival and hold hair washing ceremonies.

Take the boat back to Mawlamein and end the day at the top of a temple for a view point that overlooks the town, the Thanlwin River and Belu Island as the sun sets in the background.

Traditional Mon style dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Mawlamein

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: up to 68 km

Difficulty: Medium


Day 6 - Mawlamyaing - Hpa An (B,L,D)


After breakfast and a leisurely morning wandering around Mawlamyaing and perhaps visiting the central market, you will return to your saddle and begin peddling towards Hpa An. Hpa An is a small town surrounded by beautiful limestone rock formations and is the capital of the Karen state.

En-route, first you will visit Kawhnat-Kadoe, the village of U Nar Ouk. During the colonial times, U Nar Ouk ran a local ferry boat company and fell into competition with the famed Ayeyarwaddy Flotila group. A price-war ensued, resulting in free ferry travel for all locals. This business tale is famous in Myanmar and taught in the text books of all primary school children. Visit to the monastery, built and donated by U Nar Ouk, where you still can see many ancient arts and crafts for decoration.

Local lunch.

This afternoon, you will arrive in Hpa An. Upon arrival you will transfer to the jetty and take a free boat ride across the river to the foot of Par Pu Mountain. You can take an optional 30 minute walk to the top to have stunning views of Hpa An below.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Hpa An

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: up to 60 km

Difficulty: Medium


Day 7 - Hpa An (B,L,D)


After breakfast, we will visit to Kyauk Kalatt Pagoda, you will take a ride to Kaw Gun Cave which has over 2000 stone tablets with Mon inscriptions and hundreds of Buddha images inside.

You will then ride along the Thanlyin River, watching fishing boats cruise along while the mountains and rock formations appear in the background.

Local lunch.

In the afternoon you will have some leisure time to ride around the centre of town or take an optional walk to the top of Mt. Zwe Kabin. If you wish to take the 722m walk up the mountain, you will first be transferred to its trailhead at the foot of the mountain. If you wish not to walk, no worries as there are gorgeous gardens at the base.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight stay at Hpa An.

Distance and journey time:

Cycling distance: up to 23 km

Trekking: up to 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy


Day 8 - Hpa An - Yangon (B,L,D)


After breakfast, spend this morning relaxing and resting your legs and then drive back to Yangon. The scenery is gorgeous as you travel through the countryside and through small townships on the way to Yangon.

Lunch en-route.

Upon arrival at Yangon, transfer to your hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Yangon

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Hpa An to Yangon : 6 hours


Day 9 - Yangon Departure (B)


After breakfast, explore downtown Yangon on foot, through streets filled with faded colonial atmosphere and bustling local markets.

Lunch at Local Restaurant. (Own Account)

This afternoon, there may be time to visit the Bogyoke Market before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott Market is the perfect place to peruse the stalls for lacquer ware, jewelry, handicrafts, and other Burmese souvenirs. (Note: the market is closed on Mondays and public holidays)

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