Kalaw is a small town next to Inle Lake. Although there is not many places to sightseeing in Kalaw. The trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake is famous and many foreigners visit. The Trekking is 1 night and 2 days or 2 nights and 3 days, and you can choose several routes.
The place to stay is almost at the Myanmar people’s residences, so there is a different taste from the hotel. In other words, can you image the mountain hut? It will be like that. And the dinner is home cooking. Maybe it is difficult to eat Myanmar home food for foreigners.
Also, Kalaw is located around 1,000 meters in altitude, so please be careful as the temperature will cool down to around 10 degrees in the evening. It will be around 28 degrees during the day, but it does not feel so hot, because it is dry. However, sometimes just under the Equator & Highlands, the sun shine is very strong, and stick to your skin. So please bring UV cut cream, UV cut clothing etc.
Map of Kalaw
By Bus going to Kalaw
The way to Kalaw is by bus, mostly. You take a bus to Inle Lake. There is a town called Kalaw on the way, and you get off there. There are trains, but it takes a very long time from Yangon to Kalaw for 30 hours, because it passes through the mountainous areas.
About Airplane, the airport of near Kalaw(Hero Airport) is far from Kalaw, so it takes a time to go to Kalaw. Actually, I have not used it, but I think that it is not much different from the bus.
In addition, there are many people going from Mandalay, Bagan, so please refer to the required time and price on the written long distance bus tariff.
When going to Kalaw or Inle Lake, the bus must sway through the mountainous area, so the bus shakes very much. It may be better to take countermeasures, if you are vulnerable to motion sickness. Also, please be careful as the driving of Myanmar drivers is very rough.
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