Kalaw is a small town with a cool climate, famous since colonial times. This hill station is a haven for tourists escaping the tropical heat and with its variety of mountain style resorts, it is well known as a place of relaxation. Visitors can see a number of beautiful heritage buildings, for example, churches and houses; a legacy from British colonial times. It also has an old train station that still operates twice daily, connecting the town to surrounding cities. For tourists who are interested in trekking, Kalaw is a popular route to reach Inle Lake. Hikers can enjoy breathtaking scenery through the mountainous landscape; a place to truly appreciate nature. As part of the trek, tourists also have an opportunity to stay at local villages to gain an insight into the life of the local community.
Kalaw was originally founded by the British to escape the heat of the surrounding plains; today, it is still home to notable communities of Sikhs, Nepalese, and Indians, who having ensconced themselves in the area since their ancestors came to build roads and railroads for the British. This hill station showcases the influences of both Indian and Nepalese cultures to perfection, which are especially telling in the delectable cuisines.