The town of Kalaw is set amongst magnificent pine forests and the area has become very popular with trekkers. Pleasantly cool all the year round, this sylvan offers the best hill trekking views among the British colonial landscape.
Kalaw is a hill town in the Shan State of Myanmar. Located in Kalaw Township in Tayungyi District, it would be a super duper dope experience if you want to spend time going around enjoying the feel of being authentic Burmese. With tons of activities and marketplaces around, Kalaw really worth exploring.
Mountain views in the town of Kalaw
The town was well-known since the British founded and set this up for colony. Not just that, Kalaw is also known for being the main setting of the novel "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" by author Jan-Philipp Sendker. The hill station famous for hiking and trekking. Many trekking trails ranging from nearby places to Inle Lake and Pindaya. The town still feels like a high-altitude holiday resort – the air is cool, the atmosphere is calm and the tree-lined streets still contain a smattering of colonial-era architecture – while the surrounding hills are fine for relatively easy day or overnight treks to Danu, Danaw, Palaung, Pa-O and Taung Yo villages.
The marketplace in Kalaw
Shwe Oo Min Paya, the natural cave temple in Kalaw
Elephant Camp in Kalaw
One of the few destinations in Myanmar that genuinely caters for backpackers rather than tour groups, Kalaw is an easy place to kick back for a few days. The town blends the influences of Indian and Nepalese cultures. Hence, it is also notable for its significant population of Nepali Gurkhas and Indians, whose ancestors came here to build the roads and railway during the colonial era. Their influence is visible in the town with many local restaurants offering traditional Indian and Nepalese dishes with a Burmese twist.
Unique house in Kalaw
Situated at a height of 1320 meters above sea level, Kalaw’s climate is much more pleasant than the baking heat of the dry zone, although in the winter it can get quite cool at night and early in the morning. The town is set amongst magnificent pine forests and the area has become very popular with trekkers. Pleasantly cool all the year-round, this sylvan setting was famous among the British in the colonial period.
Rural landscape in the area between Kalaw and Inle
There are currency exchange and Visa/ Mastercard ATM facilities at Heho Airport to meet the needs of tourists. However, they are not always available or functioning.