Up in the Shan hills, the climate is noticeably cooler here than below on the plains, which adds to the relaxed atmosphere in Kalaw. The streets are wide and the surrounding hills offer some of the best trekking in Burma, with the chance to visit traditional tribal villages nearby.
The town has a market, which is well worth taking some time to explore. Kalaw’s population is an eclectic mix of Nepali Gurkhas and Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, who remained here after the end of British colonial rule.
Time: GMT + 6hrs 30mins
There are no direct flights from the UK to Yangon (Rangoon). The flight time is at least 14 hours.
Language: The official language is Myanmar (Burmese). English is widely spoken in major tourist destinations.
At least 6 months from the end of your trip, and with plenty of room for entry and exit stamps. A visa is required for British travellers and most nationalities.
Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory. Recommended vaccinations include diptheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, tetanus, cholera & typhoid. Malaria prophylactics recommended for some parts of Burma.