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Kalaw & Pindaya
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Myanmar’s most picturesque region

High up in western Shan state is the beautiful mountain village of Kalaw, a former British hill station and now home to local hill tribes and also known as Myanmar’s prime trekking location. The nearby lakeside town of Pindaya is famous for its limestone caves, filled from top to bottom with Buddha images from several eras.

Why visit Kalaw & Pindaya?

  • Colonial-era buildings
  • Variety of treks
  • Glorious scenery
  • Hill tribes
  • Pindaya Cave

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The facts:

Getting there: Heho is the nearest airport for both Kalaw and Pindaya. Flights take around 1 hour 10 minutes from Yangon or just 35 minutes from Mandalay. The drive from Heho to Kalaw takes around 1 hour while Heho to Pindaya takes approximately 45 minutes.

Best time to travel: The cooler climate is very much part of the appeal of visiting this region. From November to January the days are temperate and the nights are chilly. From February to May daytime temperatures rise considerably although the nights are still cool. June to October is the wet season, although there’s still plenty of sunshine.

Kalaw and Pindaya climate:

Kalaw and Pindaya Climate Chart