Kalaw is a hill town that stands 1320 meter above sea level on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. Away from dust, noise and pollution of big cities, it offers a laid-back atmosphere, amazing landscapes and a pleasant climate where the air is cooler and crisper.
Kalaw is the main setting of the highly acclaimed romantic story “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan Phillip Sendker. It’s a poignant and inspirational love story which was originally published in 2002 and went on to become a national best seller in Germany. Reading the book before coming to Kalaw will definitely enhance your experience.
With majestic mountains and lakes, dramatic landscapes, lush plantations, pine forests, bamboo groves and cool climate, Kalaw is arguably one of the paradises for hikers and trekkers. The choice is yours whether you want a leisurely stroll to soak up the tranquil ambiance, or a longer multi-day trek to awe-inspiring Inle Lake or Pindaya to witness the lives of local hill tribes and more in-depth exploration of the area. Whichever way you choose, you are in for a real treat.