Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda in Kyaikto Township in Mon State, is among the most famous religious buildings in Mon State and across the country.
Recently, I heard that everyone can travel to Singyan, Myasein and Yathay hills in addition to Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda. As of 3 December, Yoe Yoe Lay Company, which offers hotel services to tourists and local travelers, introduced transport service for Moebaw Creek waterfall to travelers and pilgrims.
To find out about the transport services to Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda and Moebaw Creek waterfall for pilgrims and travelers, I interviewed U Aung Myo Oo, in-charge of the Yangon branch of Yoe Yoe Lay.
“The company runs an express bus line from Aungmingala highway bus terminal in Yangon to Kinpunchaung bus terminal at the foot of Kyaikhtiyoe hill. Tickets for the express bus are available at No 165, Saya San Road, U Chit Maung housing, Bahan Township, at K3,500 per passenger. With regard to the special ticket at K5,000 per passenger, the express bus transports passengers to famous pagodas along the route to Kinpunchaung highway bus
terminal,” he said.
For detailed information, contact 01-544916, 09-6836855 and 09-799875297, e-mail: [email protected] The bus line can arrange a special package for pilgrimage of tourists to Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda.
U Khin Wai, supervisor for transport services of Yoe Yoe Lay highway bus line for climbing the hill of Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda, said: “Yoe Yoe Lay bus line from Kinpunchaung station provides convenient transport service to passengers onto the hill. The bus line charges K2500 per passenger in the rear of the bus and K3000 per passenger in the front. While in Kunpunchaung station, passengers may take a rest at restaurants of the Yoe Yoe Lay family at the foot of the hill.”
He added the bus line gave free of charge transport to passengers to Moebaw Creek waterfalls on 3 December. As of 4 December, the bus line transports passengers to the waterfall and pagodas on Singyan, Myasein and Yathay hills. The buses leave the bus stop near two lion statues at the foot of the platform at 6 a.m. daily. The bus takes a-30-minute break each at Singyan, Myasein and Yathay hills along the road to the waterfall to allow the pilgrims to pay homage to pagodas and enjoy the scenic beauty around the hills. Ticket is K2,000 per passenger along the route from the bus stop near two lion statues to the waterfalls and K1,500 per passenger from the waterfalls to the hill of Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda.
Yoe Toe Lay Hotel and other three hotels are on the hill of Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda. Yoe Yoe Lay Hotel (3) has been opened for three years. It accommodates travelers with 284 suites and 22 ordinary rooms.
General Manager U Ye Win of the hotel said: “The hotel gives better accommodation services to the guests for their convenience. The guests staying at Yoe Yoe Lay hotel may enjoy beautiful scenes of sunrise and sunset and panoramic views of the natural environment.”
Yoe Yoe Lay hotel services are K60,000 and K50,000 per day for suites, not only for globetrotters but also to local travelers. The guests may also stay in ordinary rooms at K20,000 or K10,000 per day. Guests get access to free WiFi.
At present, everyone may visit Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda by Yoe Yoe Lay transport service bus and stay at a hotel of the same family. Yoe Yoe Lay emphasizes better transport and hotel services to the guests along the route of pilgrimage from Yangon to the pagoda.
U Khin Maung Myint (Zabuthiri);
Photos: U Sein Hlaing (IPRD)