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A former colonial British hill station, this small city offers plenty of trekking opportunities and visits to ethnic minority villages including the Danu, Palaung and Pa-O. Kalaw stands high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau, 70 km west of Taunggyi and about halfway along the Thazi-Taunggyi road. At an average elevation level of 1320 metres, the climate is cooler and provides respite from the tropical heat that covers the lower part of the country.

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