The colonial railway station, Shwe Oo Min Pagoda and the bustling market. Embark on elephant rides and visit spectacular Pine forests; enjoy trekking adventures into the nearby hill tribes. Find leisure in activities like riding mountain bikes and touring local attractions.
Kalaw is situated high on the western edge of the Shan State 70 km away from west of Taungyi and about halfway along the Thazi-Taungyi road. The city was a popular hill station back in the British days and still a peaceful and relax place. Kalaw is a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scene and local market which represents Kalaw’s heart.
Kalaw is not only famous for trekking but there are also many places of interest that you shouldn’t miss
Thein Taung Pagoda
located at north of Union Highway on the main road through Kalaw and hosts a Buddhist monastery.
Aung Chan Tha Pagoda– located at the centre of town is the Aung Chang Tha Pagoda where the stupa is carved with glitters with silver and gold glass mosaics.
Hnee Pagoda- When you walk to the south of the central market will takes you to the Hnee Pagoda, in which you can observe an old and highly revered pagoda featuring a Buddha image made from woven strips of 500-year old bamboo Buddha.
Shwe U Min Pagoda a cave filled with golden Buddha situated at south of central market.
Su Taung Pyae Pagoda– Situated at south of the market, the myriad stupas of this pagoda which were restored from ruins by using donations from visiting pilgrims.
Chirst the King Church– Walk around you would find surrounding hills which will remind the British colonial times where you see restored cottages and a different kind of religious monument called Christ The King church where active Christian worship is processing with popular daily mass and Sunday services.
Shweumin Pagoda is
built inside with a natural limestone cave where number of Buddha images inside the cave which were ordered and commissioned by King Narapataesithu.
It takes two hours (short way) or four hours through the hills to the village of the Palaung tribe. At first a steep track leads down into a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate cheroot. tea. damsons and mangoes on the hill.