Imagine floating above the plains of the great Ayeyarwady River as the sun rises and thousand-year-old pagodas emerge from the morning mists. This is the memorable experience we can offer in association with British-owned and operated Balloons over Bagan. Balloons drift over the archaeological zone allowing a serene, peaceful birds-eye view of the wonders of the ancient city. Sunrise champagne flights take off each morning during the winter season, from October to March and Mr Myanmar Travel can arrange your flight at a very competitive price. A contribution from each flight will be donated to community programs that directly benefit the local population. Balloon flights are extremely popular so we strongly recommend that you book as far ahead as possible, especially if you are travelling over Christmas and New Year.
Your Balloon adventure will begin with a pick-up at your hotel, between 05.30 and 06.00 in the morning. On arrival at the balloon launch site you can watch the balloon being inflated and prepared for take-off. Once you are airborne the balloon drifts where the light winds take it, over the pagodas in the dawn light at a height ideal for photography. Sometimes the balloons pass over villages where you can see buffalo carts heading to market and villagers feeding their animals. After your 45 minute flight the experienced pilot will guide the balloon down to a safe landing site where you can enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne. The ground crew will then prepare a light al-fresco breakfast before transferring you back to your hotel, from where you can commence a day’s ground exploration of the sights you have seen.
Frequently asked Questions.
How long is the whole experience?
The flights themselves last 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the wind. The whole experience begins with your early morning pick-up and concludes with arrival back at your hotel at around 08.30.
Is ballooning safe?
Commercial passenger ballooning is the safest form of air travel. Balloons over Bagan use the highest standard balloons, built by the world’s biggest balloon company, UK-based Cameron balloons. All the pilots and technicians are European national trained to the highest standards.
Scared of heights?
Ballooning does not usually affect those people who say they are scared of heights. The balloon travels with the wind therefore there is no sense of vertigo or motion; the basket is very stable and does not sway or rock.
Can we bring Children?
For safety reasons, age and height restrictions apply. Children must be at least 8 years of age and be able to see over the basket without assistance.