Kalaw stands high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. This was a popular hill resort in the British colonial period, and it is still a peaceful quiet place. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 metres and covered by secondary evergreen forests and open pine forests. It is pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. For bird watching, the main place is Yay Aye Kan Reservoir which is set amongst secondary broadleaved evergreen forest and over 150 bird species known to occur in this area. In this one of the best birding site in Myanmar, we may see Silver-eared Laughingthrush (split from Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush), near-endemics Burmese Yuhina, Dark-backed Sibia and Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Speckled Piculet, White-browed Laughingthrush, Streaked Wren-babbler, Rusty-cheeked and White-browed Scimitar Babblers, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Spectacled Barwing, Silver-eared Mesia, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Sooty-headed, Mountain, Black, Ashy and Brown-breasted Bulbuls, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Sliver-breasted and Long-tailed Broadbills, Black-breasted Thrush, Black-headed Greenfinch and other birds.