DAYS 11-12 | Kalaw
A short flight from Bagan to Heho and the scenery changes dramatically. The dusty plains will be left behind as rich green hillsides come into view. You destination is Kalaw; a charming, former hill station high on the Shan plateau. This is rural Burma, an area where ethnic tribes, wearing traditional dress, gather to sell their hand-cultivated produce at the rolling five-day market. It’s a simple affair. But it’s real and these are people who have followed the same patterns for generations. There are no tourist shows, no souvenir tat, just genuine Burmese peasants moving their produce around with horse and cart, on their backs or on their heads. You’ll spend a night at the endearing Amara Hill Resort, set in a pine forest a couple of kilometers out of town.