The great draw at Kalaw is the opportunity to go trekking, so if you want to go into the hills and mountains that surround this town then this is the place to start from. There are little local villages all over the area that you can explore at your leisure and are filled with tea plantations, fruit orchards, and vegetable farms.
If you want to go trekking then a guide is essential in order to get the best out of the experience, and there are a range of different treks to choose from according to your fitness level and the time frame you have in mind. Not only will a guide keep you from getting lost among the Burmese terrain, but they will also be able to explain about the local indigenous groups that live in the area, as well as the flora and fauna around Kalaw, much of which is used for medicinal purposes.
When it comes to the town of Kalaw itself there are also hidden depths here that make it a great place to relax for a few days. There is a famous travelling market that comes to town every month when people come from the neighboring villages to sell their products, and which is a great sight if you happen to be here when it happens. There are also nearby places of interest such as Buddha Cave which is a fun excursion while you are in town, and you can hire a bicycle and bike around exploring wherever the mood takes you.
Kalaw makes a nice change of pace especially if you have travelled from busy Yangon, to dusty Bagan, as you can enjoy some well earned rest and relaxation in the lush landscapes that surround this town. It’s not the most touristy of places, or at least the tourism there is not as aggressive or well planned as in other places, and this makes it one of the nicer quieter spots in Myanmar to spend a few day exploring the countryside.