The main activitiy in Kalaw is servicing the trekking opportunities from the town. The town itself is very much a town for the locals, there is little for tourists to do, other than trekking.
There are a few resturants Everest being the best. A couple of bars where backpackers hang out in the evening. Currently I wouldn't recommend stay for more than a few nights.
We stopped here after the train trip from Shenyaung. That train trip was great and we would strongly recommend it.
The countryside around Kalaw is very striking and scenic.
It's a lovely place to pass through. The people are very friendly and there's a lot of places to eat a variety of food from italian to indian.
Sleepy town with little to see or do. A place to rest before moving onto Inle or a a day trek is fine.
It is mainly a stop-over for many before moving onto a trek to Inle.
Kalaw is now on the backpackers map in myanmar because it is a base for organising trekking trips. Most people trek for 2 or 3 days to lake inle.
I only did a day trip which was lovely. If you are taking the bus from bagan to lake inle it is worth stopping in kalaw to break the journey and do a day trip. There is nothing in the town and it is not a particularly nice place to hang out so arrive afternoon/evening and book your trek then leave the next day. There is a market and a few local restaurants. The best seems to be the nepali restaurant behind the market which was delicious and cheap. If you are travellingn December note that kalaw is freezing cold at night. You will need warm jackets and boots and probably a hat not just a light cardigan or top. The hotels have thick blankets but even then I was cold.
Quiet town with mixture of different religion. Good spot to start your trekking thru local arrangement that you can easily find from the town.
We were lucky enough to catch the 5 day market which is absolutely amazing and a fantastic opportunity to get some great photos.
Kalaw is very 'local'. It's a working town with no heirs or graces but what a fantastic little place. Gets cool in the evenings (long trousers and jumpers - we were there in August) Lots of Nepalese influence, food wise and some great Mandalay dishes to be had. We booked our 3 day trek when we got there with 'Ever Smile' which is signposted from the main road. Would reccommend them. Expect to pay 15,000 kyat per person, per day(around £10 a day inc guide, all meals and accom!)
Great beautiful clean city nestled in the mountains. Inhabitants the friendliest & warmest. Several different ethnic delicious restaurants in town.
Great trekking just outside of Kakaw.
Kalaw was my favorite city in Myanamar. The people there were extremely friendly & warm. The food was incredible in town.
Because of the diverse cultures in Kalaw there were more diverse restaurants. The trekking trails were incredible. Only Myanamar city I ate in that I didn't get travellers diarrhea.