Kyaikto is a small village in the Southeastern portion of Myanmar’s Mon State.
The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is the town’s best known attraction, and probably the most important Buddhist temple and pilgrimage point in the western reaches of Myanmar.
The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a unique shrine comprised of a small relic stupa capping a gold-leaf wrapped boulder on the edge of a cliff above the sea. Legends surrounding the shrine say it is a repository for a single hair of the Buddha, and the strand of holy hair is the only thing that keeps the boulder and stupa from plummeting into the sea off the Tenasserim coast.
For the best weather, you should plan to visit Kyaikto during the temperate season that runs between November and May. Warmer weather comes in June, and the higher temperatures remain through October. The second half of the year also sees higher chances of rain, and the short showers ripen Myanmar’s countryside to a lush green.
The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Myanmar for Buddhists. A visit, particularly during the November to March pilgrimage season, is a unique excursion rarely experienced by tourists.
The town of Kyaikto is located northeast of Yangon on the Tenasserim coast along the Andaman Sea.
Western apparel is fine when exploring the town, but visitors exploring Kyaiktiyo Pagoda should dress modestly in clothing that covers shoulders to thighs inside the Buddhist compound. Some areas will also require you to remove your shoes before entering.