We only stayed one night after a long drive from Heho. The journey to Kalow made the journey worthwhile. If trekking I would imagine this hotel would be a good base. The room, in an old colonial house was big with a four poster bed. The bathroom was well appointed. However there was no TV or refrigerator in the room. There is also no air conditioning but this is not a problem as it gets quite cold at night, in fact a thin duvet was needed. This was the only hotel in our tour of Myanmar that charged to use Wi-Fi, $5, it also gave a very bad exchange rate from dollars to kyats. The hotel only has a few rooms but did not seem busy, this meant that eating in the restaurant was a bit 'soulless' but as the hotel is a long way from the centre of town it was really the only option. Breakfast was not buffet style but was reasonable with some choice included.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalaw is a small town in Shan State, formerly created by the British government during colonial times as a summer resort in the highlands. The Amara Mountain Resort itself consists of two buildings, both colonial style and one built as early as 1909. It is surrounded by a cottage garden with ancient trees, brightly colored flowers and a bio garden, whose products are served fresh in our restaurant. ... more less
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