We walked up from the bottom and left our shoes with the lady at the bottom (200 kyat for each pair).
The barefoot walk is quite interesting as each level has different pagodas and Buddhas, with stores along the way. Something you won't experience if you take a ride to the top.
The sun set at 5.30pm so we raced up the top to see the amazing view. There's stores selling food and cold drinks after the long walk (30-45 mins depending on your fitness).
The views at each level are pretty cool and there is a 1000 kyat camera fee at the top level.
The best bit was the trip down where a young friendly monk 'Hok' walked down with us to practice his English. We offered to buy him food but he wouldn't accept anything except shaking my husbands hand (they can't touch women).
We ate at the bottom of the hill where two roads merge. The street stalls are amazing to watch and their food is piping hot and delicious!
Tip: take sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water and insect repellant.