Accommodation whilst trekking is a combination of homestays or local buildings such as monasteries. You will need to provide your own bedding and sleeping mats. The homestays are often family or friends of your guide and create a relaxed, informal setting. A great opportunity to live and breathe the local culture and daily life.
At 1320 metres above sea level Kalaw is nestled in the blue mountains of Myanmar's Shan state. As well as colonial architecture the region has spectacular vistas of mountains, jungles, lakes, and agriculture. You can visit numerous small villages and see traditional farming and land use. Opium production has been replaced with camellia, clementines and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The easiest route to Kalaw is via a flight to Heho Airport. From the airport, you will have a 26km journey west to Kalaw, approximately a one-hour taxi ride. You can catch a bus from Bagan or Sipaw, and there are also train services available. There are a number of cafes and restaurants that offer internet access, plus a KBZ bank ATM which accepts VISA and Mastercard. There are a numerous options for accommodation including hotels, motels and resorts. Visit a local Buddhist monastrey, or pagoda, and take a short 40 minute journey to the Green Hill Valley elephant camp where you can see eco-tourism in progress.
On the trek, you will have most of your meals cooked in a family setting. Yet you should relish the excellent and eclectic cuisine choices in Kalaw. With fine fusions of traditional Shan techniques and the imported cuisine descended from Indian and Nepali rail workers. Try some Shan noodle salad or fried yellow tofu chips, for the sweet tooth try a little sticky rice doughnut. The options go on and on with plenty of choices for all palates and tastes.
Trekking to famous Myanmar locations, exposure to indigenous cultures in a family setting with English speaking guides.
Important historical and sacred sites.
Magnificent scenery, and high-value bio-diverse routes, outside the main tourist tracks.