Kalaw Travel Guide

This comprehensive Kalaw Travel Guide is written by our travel experts in Shan State. It will help you to plan your best trip to the area

Kalaw is one of the most famous trekking sites in Myanmar. The destination offers not only the charm of British architect but also the stunning nature. For adventurers, Kalaw provides chances to go local, understanding about Burmese tea.
Our Kalaw Travel Guide covers all the practical and information that you should take for the best holiday preparation :

Top Things to do in Kalaw
While most travelers flock to Kalaw for a trek, the area has wide range of activities that you can delve into :

Mountain Bike
With green mountains, luch local plantation, it is no doubt that Kalaw is a premier choice for a mountain ride. You can opt some short trip to Lu Pyin village, Taunggyi Chay village or a further trail to Myinmahti mountain.
If you are looking for a local biking tour operator, contact Myint who has good bike shops in town. 

Morning Market
Hopping in a morning market of Kalaw is a nice experience. It brings you chances to get in touch with local people, seeing the farm products from Inle Lake and other towns displayed in some small stalls.

Kalaw Pagodas
The very first pagoda that attracts your eyes is Hnee Paya.This sacred pagoda is famous for its bamboo Buddha image which is said to be made some 500 years ago.
Shwe Oo Min Paya is another popular stop. You will be captivated by its quaint location : a building inside a limestone mountain.

Visit Elephant Camp
This elephant camp is home to many mahouts in the area. It is not a place where you can ride them but to learn about their life. The tours proposed by Green Hill Valley Elephant camp also covers a program to re-plant forest. 
We strongly recommend this visit for a Myanmar Holiday with Kid.

Kalaw Trekking Options
From november to Feb, Kalaw enjoys wonderful weather which is cool and not raining. During this time, visitors can find plenty choices for a trek whether is is half day or multi-days.

Half Day Treks
The most recommended walk for short distance is called World Peace Pagoda route. It takes about 4 hours, passing through many local villages until you reach the Thein Daung monastery, a very good viewing point.
Ywar Thit Village Walk is another interesting option. This trek lasts for 16km offering intimate touches to different villages, certainly different views. trekking guide

Trekking to Inle Lake
This is probably the most popular trek in Myanmar. It is recommended by all the guide books and there is no difficulty to find a local tour operator who organize the adventures from 2 to 5 days.
Basically, what makes the difference between 2 days and 3 days itinerary is the starting point and the usage of the transportation.

For further information about trekking details and price, please check : Kalaw Trekking Tours 


How to get there 

By Plane
The nearest airport to reach Kalaw is Heho, the main flight hub of Shan State. From Heho, it takes about 1 hour to reach Kalaw by car.
The disctance between the town and airport is 26km and it costs about 45.000 kyat. It is advisable to book the transfer with your hotel or tour operator. 
Flight routes avaible for Kalaw include : Yangon - Heho, Mandalay - Heho,  Bagan - Heho, Lashio - Heho, Tachileik - Heho.

By Bus
Bus is one of the most common ways to arrive to Kalaw though it is not really comfortable.
There are 3 buses from Yangon to Kalaw - 1 in the morning and 2 in the evening for overnight bus. Bus fare starts from $19 for ordinary option.
From Bagan to Kalaw, there bus in the morning and evening too. The price starts from $22
From Mandalay, it costs from $13 for 8 hours bus to Kalaw.


Kalaw Accommodations 
Kalaw has wide arrays of accommodation for your choices. These are the best hotels in town :

Kalaw Hill Lodge
The lodge locates about 4,8km from the town, reflecting the uniqueness of Shan mountain through its luxury villas. The in-house service covers Yoga and Meditation courses as an advantage.

Royal Kalaw Hill Resort
The beauty of the resort is claimed as 4 star with all the luxury services that you deserve. It has 14 boutique rooms, showcasing the elegance of the property, local architect and culture.

Amara Resort Kalaw
We choose Amara Resort for our Myanmar Tour Packages since it is part of Kalaw's history. The main building remains the charm of British Villas while the services quality is highly recommended by the post guests.


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