Kalaw stand high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is 70 km west of Taungyi, about middle along the Thazi-Taungyi road. This was a popular hill station in the British
days and it is still a nonviolent and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 m it is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. A former colonial British hill station, this small-town offers cool temperatures (Kalaw sits at 1,300 meters elevation) and plenty of trekking opportunities.