Hot air ballooning is one of the best things to do in Myanmar, offering a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience and soaring adventure. The best thing about hot air ballooning in Myanmar is that it can promote your well-being. It can make your travel to Myanmar more delighted and memorable, and even happiness and memories last long after the fight is over. It can increase the release of endorphins, improve your heart rate and boost circulation of the blood. Another reason why ballooning in Myanmar is a fun thing to do in Myanmar is that you can see views from a unique and different perspective. You will definitely enjoy the panoramic and picturesque landscapes in Myanmar. And you will remember for a lifetime. But make sure to bring your cameras and binoculars.
At some of the most visually amazing places in Myanmar, riding a hot air balloon can be the most magnificent way to take in the scenery.
Hot air ballooning in Bagan, Myanmar was placed third out of the best hot air balloon rides in the world by Telegraph [link to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activity-and-adventure/The-worlds-best-hot-air-balloon-rides/balloon-burma/]. Hot air balloon over Bagan is one of the unique experiences of your travel in Myanmar, opening up the hidden sights and treasures of Bagan. Ballooning in Bagan provides you with an unforgettable, panoramic view of the majestic 3,000 pagodas, historic monuments and spectacular landscapes. Bagan is the most popular place in Myanmar to ride a hot air balloon, most beautifully at sunrise or sunset but most flights operate at sunrise.
Another breathtaking spot where you can enjoy hot air ballooning in Myanmar is in Inle. Ballooning in Inle will definitely be the highlight of your Myanmar tours in Inle lake since you will take you to the skies over the lake, stilted villages over water, floating gardens and Shan hills from on high. You can capture all that amazing views with just a glance, making your Myanmar memorable for a lifetime.
And Ballooning in Mandalay is a bit different. Some secret scenes and treasures of the last royal capital can only be uncovered by ballooning in Mandalay. From the temples, river flows, hills over the city to the world’s longest teak footbridge called U Bein Bridge, they all appear right after the thin layer of morning mist.
Last but not least, ballooning in Ngapali offers genuinely new and unique ballooning experience during your Myanmar tour. With its incredible natural diversity, Ngapali gives spectacular sights of bustling markets with locals, temples, pagodas and the Kissapanadi river which flows through the colonial town of Thandwe. This is why ballooning in Ngapali is another exciting thing to do in Myanmar.
Hot air balloons in Bagan generally operates only from October to April. The best time to take a hot air balloon ride in Myanmar is from November to March because of the nice weather for the balloons to fly and less chance to cancel the flight. It is highly recommended to book far in advance to avoid disappointment, at least few months, as it tends to be sold out very fast – especially during peak tourist season in Myanmar. Prices appear to be higher from mid-December to mid-January.
There are currently three balloon operators in Myanmar; Balloons over Bagan, Oriental Ballooning and Golden Eagle Balloons.
Balloons Over Bagan commenced operations in Myanmar in 1999 with a fleet size of ten balloons, which can fit 8-16 passengers in each balloon while Oriental Ballooning started operations in Myanmar in 2013 and have fleet of balloons with a capacity of 4-8 passengers each. The flights are operated with 4-6 passengers per balloon. Golden Eagle Ballooning is the most recent balloon operator in Myanmar. In 2014, it started and has a fleet of three balloons with 8 passengers each balloon.
The price of ballooning in Myanmar varies depending upon the balloon operators you choose. Ballooning price may increase during peak season, near Christmas and New Year. Typically, the price of hot air balloon ride in Myanmar is at least around 330 USD per person for standard ballooning and can go up to 400 USD per person for premium ballooning. What is usually included is pick-up from and drop-off to your hotel, light breakfast prior to the flight, toast of champagne after the flight and ballooning flight certificate. Premium package additionally includes in-flight photo and video and exclusive souvenir.
Generally, the balloon flight lasts around 45 minutes but the duration relies significantly on the wind conditions. There are pre-flight and post-flight activities for all balloon adventurers, so the whole duration from the hotel pick-up until the end will take you around 3-5 hours.
Definitely! Ballooning operators in Myanmar comply with international ballooning standards. All the pilots are from the west, trained overseas and certified in the UK. The balloons are bought from British companies and maintained by a team of professional engineers. As ballooning is seasonal, pilots travel to different parts of the world all year round and move to the other part of the world for their high season. The pilots are highly skilled and experienced.
Due to weather conditions, balloons in Myanmar typically operate from October to April with calmer winds and cooler air. If the weather conditions are not good enough, the balloon flight will be cancelled and grounded at the last minute. So please note that successful reservation does not guarantee a flight. In case the balloon flight is cancelled, you will be refunded or travellers are allowed to change to another date subject to availability. Balloon flights in Myanmar generally operate at sunrise.
Before balloon flights, the pilots must fill balloons with appropriate load of fuel. This is based upon estimated flight time and balloon basket load. So, the pilots need to be accurately informed of the weights of all the passengers in advance. Baskets are properly assigned and evenly distributed based upon the passengers’ weight for optimum fuel consumption. Passengers over 125 kg must buy an extra ticket for the ride.
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