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The town was popular with the British during colonial rule. Kalaw is the main setting of the novel "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
The hill station is located at an elevation of 1310 metres, 50 km from the Inle lake. Kalaw is famous for hiking and trekking. Many trekking trails ranging from nearby places to Inle Lake and Pindaya. The town still feels like a high-altitude holiday resort – the air is cool, the atmosphere is calm and the tree-lined streets still contain a smattering of colonial-era architecture – while the surrounding hills are fine for relatively easy day or overnight treks to Danu, Danaw, Palaung, Pa-O and Taung Yo villages.
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- Dunham, Jillian (2015-12-16). "A Three-Day Trek in the Highlands of Myanmar". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
- Planet, Lonely. "Kalaw travel | Myanmar (Burma)". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2019-05-07.