Kalaw

Yangon? Mandalay? Bagan? You could not say which city you preferred. Myanmar is such a never-ending surprise to you, a lifetime journey you dreamt of. So now, what about taking a break from those bustling cities and head to some different place. We are taking you to what used to be a popular summer retreat for the British during the 1800s. It is time for you to escape the heat of the lowlands and have some quality time up in the hills.

 

A breath of fresh air

Here you are in Kalaw. A charming village nestled in the green Shan Hills at the heart of Myanmar. You enjoy this peaceful place overlooking a beautiful landscape from no more than 1300 meters over the sea level. You cannot believe how cool and refreshing Kalaw is, thanks to its location it is actually blessed with fresh air nearly all year long. On your way to Kalaw you pass by a few lovely and well-preserved British colonial buildings.

 

Myanmar encounters: a story of friendly people

You decide to stay the overnight in Kalaw to enjoy the moment, the climate, and the scenic views to spend some time far from the crowd. You probably put Kalaw on your top five list of Myanmar’s best photo stop. Travelers often just pass by and do not stop to take time to breathe some fresh air. Indeed, before leaving for some new adventure you take some well-deserved break. Not only you like what you see but also the people you meet amaze you. Now you know why Myanmar people are said to be among the friendliest in the world. They are curious, positive and happy to show you around. Children, adults, monks, they are all a great surprise. You are exchanging a few words, a few smiles and taking pictures with some new friends you make on your way.

Now you are getting a great insight on Myanmar culture, you treat yourself with some good Shan food. The whole region is known to have one of the best dishes in Myanmar. Noodles and vegetables are so tasty that you step closer to the country’s culinary magic.

 

Breathtaking mountain views

The next day you wake up early to enjoy a stunning sunrise and there you go on a 3 days hike to Inle Lake. There are actually so many options of trekking that trek lovers will not believe it.  Speak to your guide and find out about the best options for you. Kalaw is not made just for young and sportive adventurers, it is also completely family-friendly or beginners friendly and you can chose to explore the region the way you like, the way you are. Get on a slow moving train and make your way to Inle Lake. What a scenic and enjoyable journey. Trains in Myanmar are slow and it reminds you to take your time to enjoy the little things and connect with the present moment.

 

One of the best trekking route in Myanmar

However, the place is a perfect starting point to so many treks. The 2 nights 3 days trek is among the most popular and allow you experiencing the country in a different way. You walk up hills, down valleys, discover a very dense fauna and flora, walk across train tracks and pass by caves and temples. This is an unexpected adventure and one more time you enjoy friendly encounters with local people passing by small villages.

 

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • The stunning cave of the Shwe Oo Min Paya
  • So many trekking options from half day to a few days
  • The beautiful views on the mountains
  • Delicious Myanmar food from Shan state

BEST SEASON TO VISIT :

  • From September to January

Kalaw

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