Locations: Pindaya and Kalaw

Just a few hours drive from Inle Lake on a narrow single lane road across the fertile Shan Plateau lies the town of Pindaya. The plateau’s small hand tilled fields form a mosaic of brown and rust-red squares against gently rolling hills. Pindaya is most famous for its limestone caves filled with hundreds of Buddha Images accumulated therein down the centuries, and its excellent Shan cuisine of fish from the lake, and myriad vegetables found in the local 5-day market. Nearby on the road to Mandalay is the former British Hill-Station of Kalaw with it quaint colonial architecture and thriving daily market. The hills surrounding both Kalaw and Pindaya are filled with hilltribes, and it is a great day out to climb into the hills to drink tea and puff on a cheroot with the ever-charming PaO villagers.


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