Founded as a hill station by British civil servants fleeing the heat of the plains, Kalaw still feels like a high-altitude holiday resort. The air is cool, the atmosphere is calm, the streets are leafy and green, and the surrounding hills offer some of the best trekking in Burma.
In addition to foreign trekkers, Kalaw has a significant population of Nepali Gurkhas and Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims, who came here to build the roads and railway line during the British period.

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