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Kalaw

SOUTHERN SHAN STATE (INLE & ENVIRONS)

Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake-dwellers. Moreover, floating villages, colorful daily floating market and Inle Spa are places worthy to visit.

INLE-SEE

This vast and picturesque lake is situated in the hilly Shan State in the eastern part of Myanmar. With an elevation of 900 meters above sea-level, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km wide, has a population of some 150,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle Lake, natural and unpolluted, is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake-dwellers. Moreover, floating villages, colorful daily floating market and Inle Spa are places worthy of visit. The festival of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake held during October is full of pageantry and colorful splendor.

How to get there

The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon, Bagan or Mandalay to Heho, which is the nearest airport to the lake. There are daily flights to Heho. If you are flying from Mandalay to Heho, it takes only 20 minutes. Traveling by car along the uphill and winding road over the Shan Plateau is interesting and well-worth taking although it takes long hours. There is also a regular train service via Thazi Junction to Heho and Shwe Nyaung, the nearest station to the lake.

What to see

Market days

The 5-day rotating market around Inle Lake offers a good opportunity to meet many different local tribes.

Please click here for the market days 2019/2020

Ywama

The largest village on the Inlay Lake; its streets are a web of canals. There are some beautiful teak houses built on large wooden piles driven into the lake bed. The main activity and attraction is at the floating market In the largest canal. It is to the North West of our hotel. By boat, it will take 15 minutes. The magnificent floating market is renowned. You can visit the goldsmith workshops, observe the sculpture and umbrella industries.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda

One of the famous principal shrines in Myanmar, this pagoda houses five small Buddha images, which are much revered by the lake-dwellers. Once a year, in late September – early October, there is a pagoda festival during which, four of the five Buddha images tour around the lake in a colorful barge.

Indein

One of the small villages of Inle Lake located on the western bank of the lake. The ruin pagodas, hide in the bushes will give you an impression of you were in the 12th - 13th Centuries ago. This mysterious place is at the end of the marvellous Indein creek, which connected with Inle Lake just after the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The creek is narrow with many twist and turns. Since the both sides are paddy fields you can see the farmers ploughing and harrowing by water buffaloes. At the lunch time while groups of farmers having lunch the water buffaloes enjoy themselves dipping in the creek. At many places in the creek the farmers dam up the water by bamboo barriers to irrigate the paddy fields. Indein water is not only useful for irrigation also for bathing and washing cloths. It is compulsory to see Novice monks, buffalo boys and village girls wash and swim in the creek.

Mine Thauk Market

A large and bustling market where you can find a real local atmosphere with a variety of produce from the lake.

Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery

This is an attractive wooden monastery built on stilts over the lake at the end of the 1850s. Aside from its collection of Buddhas the monastery may be of interest to visit because its monks have taught a few of the many cats living with them to jump through hoops.

Sangha & Hmawbi

Here you will have the opportunity to experience the original culture and traditional lifestyle of the Pao and Intha people. Kyauktaing, a small Shan village known for its pottery-making, and the village of Kyainkhan, where both monks’ robes (made from thousands of lotus stems) and strong alcohol (CS-Country Spirit) are produced.

ENVIRONS

TAUNGGYI

Over 1,430 meters above sea-level, is the capital of Shan State in the eastern part of Myanmar. A hill station known for its scenic beauty, Taunggyi is cool and pleasant all the year round. There are pines, cherry and eucalyptus trees growing all over the town and the whole area is green and pleasant. The busiest part of Taunggyi is the Myoma Market, a place where people from the environs used to flock only once every five days to buy and sell their regional products. Now it has become a daily market and is constantly crowded with people. It is also the gathering point of different national races residing in Taunggyi. Another interesting place to visit in Taunggyi is the Cultural Museum where cultural objects, musical instruments, traditional dresses, household and farm implements, paintings, sculptures, arts and crafts of the different national races residing in Shan State can be seen. There are also 'Hawnans" (palatial residences) where the Shan Sawbwas (Shan Chieftains) used to live can also be observed.

Balloon Festival

In Taunggyi, the capital city of the Shan State, the people celebrate the Tazaungdine festival with Kahtein (offering of monk robes) as well as the releasing up fire-balloons into the sky. Balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water-buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl and parrot are released. The Taunggyi festival is the biggest festival in the country. It is attended not only by Taunggyi Citizens but also by people from southern Shan State and many different races. Taungyi's Kahtein tradition is amazing and worthy of reverence.

KEKKU

A hidden treasure an unusual, magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory, 26 miles south of Taunggyi the capital of Shan State. There lies more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world. Kekku area is covered and scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on both sides of the main road from north to south. The land route for tour groups starting from Taunggyi is possible and accessible for all year round. But tours originated from Inle Lake are considered to be possible only in the open season from late October to early May or before heavy rain falls. The yearly religious festival normally takes about one week. The climax of this festival usually falls on full moon of the Tabaung (Mid-March) every year. The Kekku pagodas festival also draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the Shan State.

KALAW

Kalaw, another hill station as well as peaceful summer resort nestled in pine-clad mountains, is 1,400 meters above sea-level. It is located 70 km west of Taunggyi. Many of the Tudor-style houses and English gardens of colonial days remain. In the neighborhood lie villages of Palaung and other hill tribes who come to Kalaw market held every five days in their colorful costumes, adding to the quiet attraction of Kalaw. Kalaw is a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. You can walk from Kalaw to Inle Lake in 2 to 3 days and stay overnight at local houses.

PINDAYA

Pindaya is a small quiet town perched on the bank of the palcid Botoloke Lake. Pindaya cave is a huge cavern where hundreds and thoundsands of Buddha images in various size and shape are installed since the 11th century. The winding galleries and nooks and corners are ideal places of insight meditation since the olden days. Huge monastery compounds with numerous pagodas and temples in different stages of dilapidation are much respected by such ethnic groups as the Shans, Danus and Paos living in the environs of Pindaya.

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Street Food

Kalaw’s heart is its market, where villagers from the surrounding hills come to sell their produce. Most of the town’s restaurants and food stands surround the market, and offer a particularly eclectic range of foods, with descendants of Indian and Nepali rail workers who migrated here during British rule offering their own dishes to complement the local Shan fare. Maninsi, located on the east side of the market, offers a delicious style of tea called 'le-pae-yae' that contains condensed milk. This style of tea was no doubt influenced by the British and pairs nicely with the assortment of fried vegetables offered by the shop.

Thu Maung

Thu Maung serves traditional Myanmar meals.  Although the waitresses can’t speak much English this is a place it is well worth eating at.  They will give you a menu but just order a curry and a tomato salad.  Ignore the fried rice and other items on the menu.  With your curry will come a variety of side dishes which changes every day.  This generally includes a spicy balachaung, soup, fried vegetable or two and rice.  The staff will continuously refill the plates as they empty.  Once the main course is done you will be served sliced fruit, pickled tea salad, Shan tea and nuggets of palm sugar.  The price is astonishingly reasonable.

Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
Address: Union Hight Way Road, Kalaw
Tel: 50207

Aung Nyeing Chan Aung II

The restaurant is rarely visited by foreigners because of its location a few blocks from the main road. Those willing to take the short walk through will be rewarded with a culinary experience that includes generous portions of fresh local vegetables, house-made Shan influenced salads, delicious bean soup and curries – all fresh.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
Address: Railway Station Road, Kalaw
Tel: 50662
Mobile: 0941008638

Sam’s Family Restaurant

Very simple restaurant but lovely food at amazing prices. Typical Shan food, fragrant rice and fresh ingredients, plus a pancake that is just scrumptious, a comfort for those who like something familiar in a faraway land. The food comes quite quickly and piping hot, fresh off the stove.

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 22:00
Address: No (21), Aung Chan Tar Street, Quarter 5, Kalaw
Tel: 50337

Everest Nepali Food Centre

Serving Nepalese cuisine is fitting in this alpine town and Everest has some of the best food around. The atmosphere is vibrant and it fills up at dinnertime. Try the dhal bat and chapattis or order a steaming cup if Masala Chai.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
Address: Aung Chan Thar Street, Kalaw
Tel: 50348
Mobile: 095280628 / 09428324699

Dream Restaurant

One of the more upmarket restaurants in Kalaw, serving delicious local food. Comfortable inside without loss of local character. More important, no trade-off between comfort, food, price and service. Menu prices are high, but easily made up by large serves and good quality ingredients. Both local wines (Red Mountain, Damson) are available. Warmth emanates from the fireplace and many photos of The Lady hobnobbing with various dignitaries provide entertainment.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Address: Zatila Road, Kalaw
Tel: 50554

Thirigayha Restaurant (Seven Sisters)

This family-run restaurant was started by seven sisters in their family home, so it is made up of lots of smaller rooms which gives dining here an intimate feel. The restaurant provides traditional Shan State dishes, such as a rich, smoky peanut soup with mustard leaves, and pork steamed in banana leaf, as well as Myanmar, Indian and Chinese. A good place to sample Burma's own Red Mountain wine.

Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:00
Address: Pyi Taung Su Road, Kalaw
Tel: 50216

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FULL-DAY TOUR OF KALAW (L)

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8.00 a.m. Together you will walk through the area with your guide. Many Tudor-style buildings and English gardens still remain from colonial times. The heart of Kalaw is the market, which villagers come to from the surrounding mountains to sell their fruits and vegetables. Most restaurants and snack bars are found near the market and offer a particularly varied selection of foods. Lunch at a local restaurant. A pleasant walk south of the central market takes you to the Hnee pagoda, in which you will find a 500-year-old bamboo Buddha, and the Shwe U Min pagoda (Shwe Oo Min Paya), a cave filled with golden Buddhas.

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2019–30.04.2020

 01.05.19 – 30.09.1901.10.19 – 31.10.19
01.03.20 – 30.04.20
01.11.19 – 29.02.20
1 person586063
2 people353638
3 people272829
4–6 people222324
7–10 people171819

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in Kalaw
  • Evening meal
  • Drinks
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, etc.
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DAY TREK TO PANE HNE PIN (L)

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8.00 a.m. With your guide you will travel in a pick-up truck for around 15 minutes in a north-westerly direction until the ‘A’ crossroads. From here, you will take the footpath leading right. The path leads through a hilly countryside that mainly features plantations. After approximately two hours, you will reach Pane Hne Pin, a small Palaung village with approximately 600 inhabitants. The Palaung people live off of agriculture and hunting. The Palaung women wear light blue and red garments and the families live mostly in long houses. Lunch in Pane Hne Pin. In the afternoon, you will hike across constantly undulating ground for about an hour and a half, until you reach the ‘B’ crossroads, where the vehicle will take you back to Kalaw.

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 01.05.19 – 30.09.1901.10.19 – 31.10.19
01.03.20 – 30.04.20
01.11.19 – 29.02.20
1 person96100105
2 people576062
3 people485052
4–6 people434546
7–10 people343637

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Transfers in a passenger van
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in Kalaw
  • Evening meal
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, etc.
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DAY TRIP TO THE GREEN HILL VALLEY ELEPHANT CAMP – KALAW (L)

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. A 40-minute drive away from Kalaw is the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp – an excellent example of Myanmar’s emerging ecotourism. The new project is aimed at protecting the local ecology, elephants and traditions of the local community. 
In the 150-hectare private reserve, nature is able to grow undisturbed. Teak trees, grevilleas and pine trees have been replanted. Old and impoverished elephants are also looked after here. The camp offers visitors the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat as well as learn about them and their leaders. Short elephant rides are allowed but the comfort of the animals is the main priority. What’s more, the project helps to support and improve health and education in the local villages. In the late afternoon, you will return to Kalaw.

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 01.05.19 – 30.09.1901.10.19 – 31.10.19
01.03.20 – 30.04.20
01.11.19 – 29.02.20
1 person226237247
2 people153159166
3 people138144150
4–6 people135141147
7–10 people119124129

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus 
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in Kalaw
  • Evening meal
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, etc.
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DAY TRIP TO THE PINDAYA CAVES (L)

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8.00 a.m. With your guide, you will travel to Pindaya (approx. two hours), a charming village with a paper umbrella cottage industry. After arriving, you will stroll through the village and visit the colourful market, which villagers come to from the surrounding mountains to sell their fruit and vegetables. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Pindaya Caves, which house more than 8,000 Buddhas, as well as see some paper umbrella production. Then, you will return to Kalaw.

PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 01.05.19 – 30.09.1901.10.19 – 31.10.19
01.03.20 – 30.04.20
01.11.19 – 29.02.20
1 person105110115
2 people616366
3 people525557
4–6 people485052
7–10 people353738

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus 
  • Lunch

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast in Kalaw
  • Evening meal
  • Drinks
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, etc.
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TREKKING IN SOUTHERN SHAN STATE

The southern Shan State is the most popular area for hiking. Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle Lake are great starting points to hike through pine forests, fruit plantations and bamboo groves in the nearby villages of Palaung, Danu, Taung Yoe and Pao. The products of the region are fruits which thrive in temperate climates, such as pears, peaches and oranges, as well as rice, tea, wheat, soya beans, peanuts, tobacco, potatoes, garlic, sunflower seeds and dried green leaves from the Cordia tree, used as wrappers for cheroots. You will stay overnight in private houses or monasteries.

Hikes leading to the north of the Inle Lake are very popular. But there is also the opportunity to hike to the south of the Inle Lake (Samkar Lake). Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the original culture and traditional lifestyle of the Pao and Intha people. 

OUR HIKING SUGGESTIONS
http://www.travel-myanmar.net/en/trekking/shan-state

TRANSPORT

Kalaw town centre can be explored very easily on foot. A great way to explore Kalaw and its surroundings independently is by bicycle. You can take long cycling tours to Inle Lake or through Pindaya to Kyaukse.
You can rent bicycles from many hotels, but you should thoroughly check your bike beforehand and take it for a quick test run. 
Rental prices for bicycles vary considerably and range from US$ 5 to US$ 10 per day.

RENTAL VEHICLES

You can also rent a car and driver. The vehicles are in good condition and have air conditioning. Before every long journey, the vehicle undergoes another thorough inspection and service. 

Reservation tips for vehicles: 
Prices are indicated in US$ per vehicle for the respective route.

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during Thingyan (water festival and New Year) which is held from 13th April to 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 Saloon
(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
Hi-ace
(up to 6 people)
Bus
(18-24 people)
Heho - Kalaw395580100
Full day in Kalaw2743  5582
Kalaw - Elephant camp - Kalaw505580100
Kalaw - Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)395580100
Kalaw - Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake505580100
Kalaw – Taunggyi395580100
CROSS-COUNTRY DRIVE WITH A RENTAL VEHICLE

The landscape on route from Kalaw via Pindaya (approx. three hours) to Mandalay (approx. five hours) is extremely beautiful. On the way, stop in the charming village of Pindaya, home to the paper umbrella cottage industry, and visit the Pindaya Caves, which house more than 8.000 Buddhas. There is also good overnight accommodation in Pindaya.

You can also travel from Kalaw directly to Bagan or Mandalay. The journey can take anywhere up to seven hours.  

You can also travel from Kalaw to Loikaw in six hours. The Kayah State was closed to the outside world for more than half a century and was only recently opened to visitors. It stands out due to its staggering diversity and full range of opportunities for inspiring experiences off the well-trodden tourist paths. The nine ethnic groups in Kayah create a varied medley of ideologies, food culture, clothing styles and crafts, languages and livelihoods.

Please note that one-way journeys are always more expensive because the driver has to travel back to the departure location. 

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during Thingyan (water festival and New Year) which is held from 13th April to 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID FROM 01.05.2019 – 30.04.2020

 Saloon
(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
Hi-ace
(up to 6 people)
Bus
(18-24 people)
Kalaw - Pindaya – Mandalay (2 days/1 night)239315370560
Kalaw - Mandalay200260  290460
Kalaw - Bagan200260290460
Kalaw - Mt. Popa – Bagan (2 days/1 night)210261283495
Kalaw - Loikaw120170220270
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM HEHO

With five airlines that are constantly expanding their network, more and more new and exciting destinations off the beaten track are gradually being opened up - from mountain climbing and rafting in the north, to the unspoilt islands of the Mergui Archipelago and to Andaman Lake.

There are daily flights from Heho to Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon and Tachileik.
There are daily flights direct to Thandwe (Ngapali Beach) during the peak tourist period from October to April. Flights to destinations such as Kyaing Tong and Lashio are not available daily.

Domestic flights are offered by the following airlines:

Air KBZ: www.airkbz.com
Golden Myanmar Airlines: www.gmairlines.com
Myanmar National Airlines: www.flymna.com
Mann Yadanarpon Airlines: www.airmyp.com
Yangon Airways: www.yangonair.com

Luggage allowance for domestic flights:
The airlines carry a certain amount of checked bags (“luggage”) and hand luggage, free of charge.

One item of checked luggage up to 20 kg 
One item of hand luggage up to 8 kg

Please remember that each item of luggage should be labelled with your name and mobile/landline number before it is checked in at the airport.

Transfer and check-in:
Depart two and a half hours before your flight from Kalaw. The transfer time to the airport in Heho is one hour.

DESTINATIONNOTESFLIGHT DURATIONPRICES FROM
MandalaySeveral flights a day between 09.20 and 18.3035 minUS$ 76
BaganAvailable daily, morning flights from 09.30 and afternoon flights between 16:00 and 17:0040 minUS$ 89
YangonSeveral flights a day between 09:00 and 18:001 h 10 minUS$ 116
Thandwe (Ngapali Beach)Daily at 10:00 from October to the end of April1 hUS$ 121
TachileikAt least one flight a day between 11.30 and 14:0055 minUS$ 132
Kyaing TongMyanmar National Airlines ( www.flymna.com) flies to Kyaing Tong every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.35 minUS$ 168
LashioMyanmar National Airlines ( www.flymna.com) flies every Tuesday at 12.30 and Air Kamboza www.airkbz.com every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 13.5050 minUS$ 132
TRAINS FROM KALAW

The landscape on route from Shwe Nyaung via Kalaw, to Thazi is arguably the most beautiful in Myanmar. From Thazi, you can either take the train to Mandalay or via Naypyidaw, Taungoo and Bago to Yangon.
Please note that, with the exception of the Yangon - Mandalay route, all train connections are affected by regular delays and other disruptions caused by climatic, technical and bureaucratic issues. 

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route.
Please note that you require a copy of your passport to purchase train tickets.
Tickets for the sleeper carriage must be booked four days before the travel date.

FROM KALAW TO SHWE NYAUNG (INLE LAKE)

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
141UPKalaw - Shwe Nyaung13.3017:001.2 

FROM KALAW TO LOIKAW

The Kayah State was closed to the outside world for more than half a century and was only recently opened again to visitors. It stands out due to its staggering diversity and full range of opportunities for inspiring experiences off the well-trodden tourist paths. The nine ethnic groups in Kayah create a varied medley of ideologies, food culture, clothing styles and crafts, languages and livelihoods. Loikaw, the tranquil capital of Kayah State, is generally the departure point for tourist companies. Only a short drive away from the capital, local villages offer numerous opportunities to get to know life in the area with a series of newly developed cultural excursions and tours, which start in the respective villages.

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
147UPKalaw - Loikaw05:0016.302 

FROM KALAW VIA THAZI TO MANDALAY

Our recommendation:
If you travel further by train from Thazi to Mandalay or Yangon, you can stay in one of the rustic hotels in Thazi. It is a 10 minute walk from the train station or travel by horse-drawn carriage (approx. 1000 kyat).

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
142DNKalaw - Thazi11.4519:001.5 
Connections to Mandalay
5UPThazi - Mandalay02.1105:002 
3UPThazi - Mandalay04.5807.452 

FROM KALAW V IA THAZI TO YANGON

TrainTrain routeDepartureArrivalPrice
    Premium classSleeper carriage
142DNKalaw - Thazi11.4519:001.5 
Overnight stay in Thazi
12DNThazi - Naypyidaw08.5411.512 
 Naypyidaw - Taungoo11.5414.411.7 
 Taungoo - Bago14.5118.564 
 Bago - Yangon18.5921:001.2 
BUSES FROM KALAW

The buses stop above the market on the main street at the Shwe Taung Yoe gate. Please always be at the bus station half an hour before departure.

Since 2011, an increasing number of private companies have expanded the supply of express buses. The buses are relatively comfortable and equipped with air conditioning and reclining seats.

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route.

TO MANDALAY

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Shwe Taung10.3017.3013
JJ Express21:0005.3014
Shwe Taung Yoe22:0005:0012
Shwe Nan Daw (VIP Minibus)22:0005:0014

TO BAGAN

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Bagan Minn Thar08:0016:0015
Bagan Minn Thar21:0003:0015
Bagan Minn Thar (VIP)20.3004.3018
JJ Express20.3002.3018

TO YANGON

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Taung Pyar Tan16:0005:0017
Mandalar Min18:0006:0017
Mandalar Min (VIP)18.3006:0024
Shwe Nan Taw18.3005.3017
Taung Pyar Tan18.3006.3017

TO LOIKAW

Minibuses depart daily at around 05.30 from Parami Motel. The journey takes approx. eight hours.

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