The Kalaw Hill Lodge provides luxury facility such as private bath with hot & cold shower, personal heater and other amenities. Western toilet facilities are installed in some of the villages on trekking route. Some of our treks involve local home stay where we choose a suitable home in a village. Night will then be spent in candle light and wood fire. Toilets will be clean but mostly local squat type. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning.
Local GSM as well as CDMA network facility exist in Kalaw and most of the trekking routes which enable you to connect to the world.
We take care of all catering. Hot breakfast will be served in the morning, lunch usually is simple, light and serves during mid-day. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre dinner snacks and deserts. Clients with special dietary requirements will have to advise us at the time of booking.
Unless otherwise pre-arrangement has been made, we provide English-language guide who is able to speak the local hill tribe dialects.
We provide minivan, coach or 4WD truck where applicable for transfers to and from town and trail head as applicable.
Kalaw tourist season is between November and May, mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool mornings and evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/28 degree Celsius but could drop steadily up to freezing during late December and early February.
Several domestic airlines serve schedule flight between Yangon and Heho (nearest airfield to visit Kalaw). Flight may go via some other destination such as Mandalay and Bagan which enable you to connect to Kalaw easily from anywhere in the country. There are also flight available to Thandwe (Ngapali beach) for those who seek to relax at beat at the end of their holiday.
Such as headlamp, Pocketknife, reading and writing materials are essential for the multiday trek. A personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.
The same precautions as anywhere else. Drink bottled, boiled or treated water, avoid eating raw vegetables, and eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. It's important to use insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away. Use sunscreen literally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.
Trekking programs are classified as "Easy" with only a short element of trekking on good paths and predominantly at low altitudes, "Moderate" involve relatively short days combination of lowland trekking with some up and down.
International standard facilities does not exists in Kalaw or entire Shan region.
While trekking you may leave the valuable at our office in Kalaw. We recommend using lockable baggage.
It is recommended for all clients to travel with own personal and travel insurance, which must cover trip cancellation and baggage protection.
Dependable electricity supply is available in Kalaw with the current 220 V / 50 Hz. Sockets have three and two round/flat pins. If you are traveling with any electrical appliances, a set of adapter plugs will be essential. You need battery-operated appliances with several extra batteries. You can recharge your batteries while you are in Kalaw however limited or no electricity is available once you leave Kalaw until you arrive your next destination.
Tipping is common to guides, cooks and porters on the tours. For the hotel staff there is a tipping box installed in the lobby which the moneys collect will be evenly distribute amongst hotel staff including those who make your stay pleasant behind the curtain.