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Yangon to Bago and  Kyaiktyio Pagoda Tour

Yangon to Bago Day Tour

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Bago to Yangon
Bago (Pegu) was the door to Burma until the 17. Century
The old Pegu today Bago an ancient port city on the river about hundred km northeast of Yangon (Rangoon) the city was the capital of a Mon kingdom long time ago. 

Today on the Yangon–Mandalay and Mawlamyne railway which is a branch line along the Gulf of Martaban a part of the Andaman Sea.

Bago has the tallest Pagoda in Myanmar the Shwemawdaw (“Golden Shrine”) with a height of 288 feet (88 m) the stupa was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1930 and it took a long time for renovation until 1954.

The Shwethalyaung reclining Buddha is a colossal Buddha statue 55 m in a pavillion (tazaung) just before the Bago city entrance there are a few more gigantic Buddha statues in the vicinity. Above is the Lake Monastery also close to the Pegu City entrance.

Shwethalyaung Buddha

A reclining Buddha Sculpture
Bago is a city about 100 km east of Yangon and at the crossing between the northern and southern half of Myanmar.

People usually drive through to the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State to southwards  or to Mandalay in the north. A new destination is emerging now to cross into Thailand. They are currently (2017) talking about a bus connection from Bangkok lets see what the future brings since this guys talk a lot but hardly achive anything.

The 100 year old Shwe Tha Lyaung Buddha image is the second largest reclining Buddha in Myanmar. It is 74m long, 21 m high and can be seen at the edge of town.
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Shwethalyaung Buddha
Today this is Bago about 120 km east of Yangon
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Kyaiktyio Pagoda Photos

Kyaiktyio Pagoda Tour

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One of the best day tours from Yangon is a visit to this shrine.

Traveling to the Kyaiktyio Pagoda is via Bago and into the blue mountain ranges of Mon State on the border to Thailand. This is about 170 kilometers by rail or road from Yangon, there is also a bus.


On the first leg to Bago are already some very great sightseeing spots one is the Kyaikpun Pagoda with the four Buddhas.


After it’s an 15 kilometers ride to the base camp. Until here the whole surface is not bad, between the town and the starting point to get up into the mountain are several hotels among them the “Mountain View resort” a nice clean place between rubber

Along the roadplantings. From here it’s another 12 km ascend up to mountain top. Since the road is very narrow always one batch of vehicles move up and wait after the other drive down.
A pics of the Mountain View resort
This is one of the top pilgrim targets in the country and it is really amazing what’s up here.

Theoretically his could be done by a day trip from Yangon but it is better to stay overnight because of the road condition it needs to have some spare time. This is also a drive through the Irrawaddy Delta.

Irrawaddy delta
In the Irrawaddy delta

Kyaiktiyo or golden rock pagoda
Kyaiktiyo or golden rock pagoda
The golden Rock Shrine


is built on a gilded boulder with 25 meters circumference. Legend tells the whole is balanced in this precarious position by an original hair from the Buddha. The rather, around 7 meters high structure small 18-foot-high Kyaiktiyo or golden Rock Pagoda is located near the Thai border town of Mae Sot on an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level.

For Myanmar outdoor enthusiasts


the ultimate kick probably would be a trek up to the top but it really needs good physical condition to do that. Actually the main problem is the heat and snakes both are of high amount.

Most people do the trail in the loading bay of a small truck and the last 1.5 km must be done on foot or maybe not. Bamboo sedans balanced on the shoulder of 4 guys would be an alternative; this is very popular by “Fatty Bum Bum Chinese”.

Legend tells that in the 11th century King Tissa of Thaton got a strand of the Buddha’s hair from an hermit on condition that to enshrined them in a pagoda built on a boulder looking somehow similar to the hermit’s head. Since nobody found such a place they prayed to Thagyamin the king of the Nats and help came instantly. They found a suitable boulder at the bottom of the Andaman Sea and lifted it up to the top of the mountain.



Here is a Kyaiktyio Map.