Kalaw is not one of the top spots in Myanmar. If you travel the country on the standard route, you will probably ignore it. The tourists who stray to Kalaw mostly come just to trek to Inle Lake from here. It is worth spending a day or two in the small mountain village. In this post you will find my best Kalaw tips.
Kalaw – An underrated village in the mountains of the Shan region
To escape the heat in southern Myanmar, Kalaw was founded as a “Hill Station” during the British occupation. And even today Kalaw has the charm of a small spa town in the mountains – of course with Burmese influences. What the Brits liked so much about Kalaw in the summer months caught us off guard: cold temperatures. During the winter months, temperatures can drop to 5 degrees at night. And even during the day, the climate is not a bit “typically Southeast Asian”, but rather more Central European.
Kalaw is rather calm, unexcited and tidy. In Kalaw you will not find mass tourism and no coaches, but individual travellerswho either have a stopover before their Trekking to Inle Lake or let yourself be captivated by the charm of the small town and stay for a few days. Admittedly: Breathtaking pagodas, turbulent city life (and after dark also people ;)) are looked for in vain in Kalaw. It doesn’t get boring anyway.