Most take a 45 minute truck ride up to the Kyiaktiyo Pagoda but I joined other Pilgrims making the 5 hour trek to reach the golden rock by foot. The walk starts gently through the village of Kin Pun where kids play on the paths with toy rifles made from bamboo.
Halfway up I join some other pilgrims for tubing in the river.
Most pilgrims sleep at the top next to the Golden Rock and are carrying heavy bags full of food and clothes.
A lady boils down chopped fruit into a jam the pilgrims eat for energy.
Views near the top of the climb.
The Golden Rock sits precariously, barely balanced on the edge of the cliff. It is not attached, according to legend a hair of Buddha housed in the small Pagoda on top keeps the 600 tonne boulder from falling.