Located in Shan State on the edge of the Shan Plateau, Kalaw, like Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), was a popular "hill station" during the British colonial period for Europeans seeking respite from Burma's hot season. Its population of approximately 20,000 includes Indians and Nepali Gurkhas, as well as Burmans (Bamars) and Shans. It is located near Inle Lake and the Pindaya Caves, popular tourist destinations.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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