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Kalaw sits atop the misty blue mountains of Burma's Shan State. Once a favourite among British colonialists, as seen by its crumbling period architecture, the town enjoys stunning views of the area and serves as an excellent starting point for what could easily be considered the country's most picturesque region.
Trekking is Kalaw's main attraction. Numerous hill-tribes and villages are scattered among the surrounding mountains. Some can be reached in as little as an hour, while others are more isolated and take several days. The villagers are mostly farmers and land once used to cultivate opium is now used to produce tea leaves, clementines and a countless variety of fruits and vegetables. A knowledgeable and local guide will be able to explain many of the plants that constitute Kalaw's flora, including several herbs used in local cooking and traditional medicine.
Kalaw is often the starting point for three-day treks to Read our complete Kalaw travel guide