THE BEST WAY TO KALAW, MYANMAR
From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Yangon is offered on China Airlines, Singapore, Malaysia and China Eastern. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $893, including taxes and fees. Kalaw has no airport but Air Mandalay, http://www.airmandalay.com, and Air Bagan, http://www.airbagan.com, fly from Yangon to Heho three times a day. You can also reach Kalaw by air-conditioned bus from Yangon, a 12-hour ride. Tickets are about $13 and can be purchased at many Yangon hotels. Train service from Yangon is also available, with an overnight stay in Thazi at the Moon Light Guesthouse, followed by a scenic ride to Kalaw in the morning.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 95 (country code for Myanmar) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Pine Hill Resort, 151 Oo Min Road, Kalaw; 8150079, http://www.agoda.com/asia/myanmar/kalaw/pine_hill_resort.html. Set around an original colonial house, a sophisticated modern hotel that has rooms in wooden cottages sprawling through immaculate gardens. Rooms $50-$60.
Dream Villa Hotel Kalaw, 5 Zatila St., Kalaw; firstname.lastname@example.org. Doubles from about $30 per person. Tasteful, wood-paneled rooms, tubs, minibars and hill views.
Golden Lily Guest House, 5/88 Natsin Road, Kalaw; email@example.com. Rooms from about $10. A chalet atmosphere. More expensive rooms have a wide balcony that looks over town.
TO LEARN MORE
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