Saturday, 4 September 2010

Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar

Date: 04 Sep 2010 - 18 Sep 2010
Location: Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX 12-24mm f/4
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-200 mm F3.5-5.6 IS
Filter: none
Post editing: PS CS3
Trip schedule and details: Check this out if you plan to visit Myanmar, I have shared tonnes of goodies here.

Kalaw is a hill town in the Shan State of Burma. It is located in Kalaw Township in Taunggyi District. The town was popular with the British during colonial rule. Kalaw is the main place of the beautiful novel by Jan Philipp Sendker - "Das Herzenhören".
Kalaw is earning a cool reputation among budget travellers, and it’s not just due to its chilly winter weather. Located at 1320m on the rolling, pine-clad hills of the Shan Plateau, this is Myanmar’s budget trekking heartland. Located to the west of beautiful Inle Lake, some travellers enjoy hiking between the two (about 50km), on mountains dotted with Palaung, Pa-O, Intha and Shan tribe villages.

So from Kawal ... we trekked for 3 days and 2 nights to Inle Lake. The first night was spent in a the house of the PaLaung tribe, it was basic, open air batheroom(see picture below) and very cooling. The second night was spent at a monastery, we slept in the monastery with the novice monks, it was a very rewarding experience to me. The toilet is open air too, hahaha...


Type of plantations - lowland rice, malt rice, brown rice, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, peanuts, tomatoes, capsicum, chilli, corn/maize, garlics, onions, crabapples, avocados, oranges, banana, jack fruit, papaya, pumpkins, cabbages, sesame, coffee and flowers.


  1. Hello Dan,

    I am a student from Myanmar studying in Bangkok.
    I would to request to use some of your photo of Kalaw for my presentation.
    I would love to show the stunning beauty of Shan State to the other.
    I would like to know if it is okay for you.

  2. Hi .. I'm ok as long as it is for your studies and not for commercial use. cheers, Dan

  3. Hi Dan, im amazed with Kalaw! Hope to find out more info but doesn't seem to work anymore. Is there an alternative?