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Nick Cheesman, Far East consultant for TransIndus, travelled to Burma in November 2008.
Kyaiktiyo happened to be the first place that I visited in Burma. It is not one of the four major destinations, but it is always going to be my favourite place in the country. Perched on the edge of a cliff at the top of a mountain, Kyaiktiyo is an enormous rock covered with gold leaf which balances, teetering on the edge. It has been teetering for over 800 years and it is said that it rests on one of the Buddha’s hairs which keeps it from crashing into the valley below.