Once we made it to the top of the mountain we dropped our bags at the Mountain Top Hotel and hit the ground running to see THE ROCK!
We loved the vibe around Golden Rock as it's primarily a tourist destination for the local Burmese people. Locals usually spend a week in and around the rock where they picnic and camp with their family - celebrating their religion and having a ball. Balloons, sweets, games of tag - you name it, they are doing it and having the best time!
Our guide walked us through the village, telling us stories and legends of the Golden Rock. We stopped to try local snacks, such as bamboo sticky rice with jaggery and coconut, and walked through the pilgrim village, which is filled with souvenirs for the young and old.
We walked around the Golden Rock just before sunset and watched the sun sink below the mountains as it cast an extra golden glow on the rock. Our journey was simply magical - we loved the rock!