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Kalaw - Shan State

The main attractions of Kalaw are the town itself, with its mock-Tudor colonial bungalows, its ethnic mix of people, and its setting within trekking distance of many ethic minority villages. Kalaw is made up of a mixture of Shan, Palaung, Burman, Indian and Nepalese people. Many speak English well, having been taught in mission schools or by fluent parents. About 60,000 Palaung people inhabit the Plateau area.


The most famous cave-pagoda in the area is at Pindaya, a few hours trip from Kalaw, but there are many smaller caves in the surrounding hills and Kalaw has its own Shweohnmin Pagoda cave.


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