After a 7hour bumpy bus trip (with 3 people that had stomach bugs) we finally made it to Kalaw. Kalaw is a hill station and is located 1320m above sea level and a nice peaceful place. We arrived in the afternoon and had a bit of a stroll around. This was only a stop over town for our trip to Inle Lake so there wasn’t too much for us to do in the short time we had here. There are a lot of hikes you can do around here including hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake which is a 2 day trek. You can even opt to visit the Green Hill Elephant Camp which is only a 40min taxi ride away, however I would recommend you book in advance.
As I said we didn’t have long here so it limited our exploring options quite a bit but luckily for us the big Kalaw market was on while we were here. For 5 days every week, people from the hill tribes come down to sell produce. This market is mainly produce with some souvenir stores which are permanently there but I would recommend going about 7am ish to watch them setting up stores and to get in early before it’s crowded by foreigners.
Stay tuned for our adventures on Inle Lake.