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A favorite destination for hiking and trekking enthusiasts, this small hill town is located in Myanmar’s Shan division. Most commonly, travelers arrive via bus from the neighboring bigger towns, but there’s also a train service for those with enough time to enjoy the very slow yet picturesque journey. Once in the village, one can get around either on foot or by renting a bicycle from a local shop.

The biggest attractions in this part of the world are the tiny villages and immense forests and jungles that surround them. Experienced hikers and campers often head to the Kalaw Reserved Forest for a few days of wildlife exploration while facing the elements. Most of the hotels and guesthouses in Kalaw can help their guests plan the appropriate tour that works for them, including recommendations for a knowledgeable and reputable tour guide.

Trekking is of course the main activity here, and a trip to Myin Ma Hti Cave is a must-see for all visitors. This is where Kalaw’s caves and temples can be found, offering ample opportunity for cave exploration and restful visits to the local monastery and temples. Kalaw offers travelers a chance to step into another world, away from the skyscrapers and noise of the big cities, while replacing them with hills that seem to lead to the skies and the calming sounds of nature.

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