When you arrive in Kalaw, do not miss to visit Elephant Camp which take about 45 minutes drive from Kalaw. You can learn the basic commands to give an elephant as a mahout, help to feed and wash the elephants. As an exploration of the forest area, you can enjoy to see the butterflies, birds, orchids and so on. Then you can take a ride on the elephant’s back depend on the weather and health of the elephants. And you can also trek to Myint Ka Village or make a picnic or walk to the narrow valley or to the mountain paths or see the seasonal plantations when you are in the nature with adventure.
Numerous mountains and hills are surrounding Kyaukme which is surprisingly bustling small town in Shan State. You will get an insight to the life of the Palaung (hill-tribe) living in the hills. When you go trekking to these tiny villages of these minority groups you can still see them wearing their own traditional costumes in everyday life. When you go overnight trips to the villages of the ethnic people, you are supposed to sleep in the houses of the village people. And they would prepare a place to sleep and cook traditional and typical foods which is normally good for us. So you feel really like your home.
Kalaw was once a favourite hill station for British administrative officials and a summer resort. And you can enjoy the Pa O village and Palaung village which hill tribes live in the forest when you trek from Kalaw to Inle. Along the way, learn about the different vegetation and animals in this area. Then you can meet the village elders, cook traditional and typical foods, have a lunch or dinner with them happily and sleep in the houses of the village people.
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