Kalaw , the famous hill station of Myanmar was popular with the British during colonial rule and it is still a peaceful and quite place. Many of the Tudor - style house and English gardens of colonial days remain. Kalaw is the main setting of the novel "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats " by Jan Phillipp Sendker. It stands high on the western edge of Shan plateau. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 meters above sea level, 70 km from Taunggyi, the capital of Shan state and just 50 km from the world famous Inle Lake. 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. Overnight in Kalaw.