This former British hill station is located along the western edge of the Shan plateau and provides respite from the heat of the plains of Burma. The surrounding hills provide some of the best trekking in Burma and unique flora and fauna. Palaung, Danu and Pao villages surround the town and villagers visit Kalaw's colourful market. A number of Nepali Gurkhas and Indians remained in Kalaw after being brought here by the British to build the roads and railway lines, there are a number of good Nepali restaurants in town. There is a golf course on the outskirts of Kalaw.