The six hours bus ride from Bagan to Kalaw was comfortable, although the last 50 kilometres took almost two hours because of the mountain roads. Kalaw was established in colonial times by the British seeking an escape from the heat of the plains. Nowadays it is a mountain village that is mainly used by tourists as a starting point for trekkings to the Inle Lake. However, I stayed another day in Kalaw to explore the area by foot.
Of course there were some temples and pagodas to visit. The best thing however was to walk around the village and enjoy the views and the landscapes. It got me in the mood for my 2 days/1 night trekking to the Inle Lake.