Our trip was amazing. Our guide, Kim, arrived early to pick us up. She was super friendly, well spoken English and very knowledgeable about Yangon and its history. We drove about 4 hours with one stop on the way to meet the famous local fish paste maker - interesting and a good photo opportunity. Kim was eager to share historical facts and answer our many questions about local life and Burma. Once we got to base camp, Kim arranged for us to sit in the front of the truck we sat in the back with the locals on the way back and it was a very different experience. I didn't believe the other reviews about the drive being like a roller coaster but I can now validate that is true. Not for the faint at heart but totally worth it. Golden Rock is beautiful. So many locals there with their families - on their own pilgrimage. If you have the energy, walk the extra 45 min to see the crows mouth for more local experiences. People were happy, and happy to see Americans. We stopped at the Mountain House for a delicious local lunch - great food, neat and clean and the best, most friendly service. Our car/van was clean, new and had good air con. Our driver, Tan, was very professional and safe. I would definitely recommend this full day experience. Don't miss it.