What’s more exciting than taking photos of balloons? Taking photos of them on a balloon! Located in the middle of Myanmar, Balloons over Bagan is the highlight of this dreamlike city that will give you a chance to take great panoramic photos over the pagodas of Bagan.
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Within seconds, our hot air balloon was floating above the treetops, gliding toward what Marco Polo called “one of the finest sights in the world” when he saw it 700 years ago: the ancient Myanmar city of Bagan.
agan is an iconic place to take a hot-air-balloon ride, and anyone watching daylight take over the sky will also see the massive balloons slowly rise and float over the horizon. If there's one splurge that's absolutely worth it, it's one of these rides. Balloons Over Bagan is an excellent provider, and while it's far from cheap, it will leave a lasting impression. Stay in New Bagan Blue Bird boutique hotel, where you can book a private, romantic dinner hidden away in a quiet corner of the property.
October’s the month Balloons Over Bagan take to the skies of Bagan for the 18th year. The photos are iconic and, although the prices are notoriously high, the feedback is unanimously superb. Thousands of tourists a year are privileged to enjoy this experience yet few people realize what goes on behind the scenes. Myanmore sits down with the staff of Balloons Over Bagan (BOB) to see what it takes to run a ballooning operation in Myanmar.
For the best views of Bagan's pagoda-studded landscape, take to the sky. Flights typically take place at sunrise or sunset and last around an hour.
For the best views of Bagan's pagoda-studded landscape, take to the sky. Flights typically take place at sunrise or sunset and last around an hour. Some tour operators will include a ride in their itineraries, or you cann book diret with Balloons Over Bagan.
Drifting over the mystical pagodas of Bagan at dawn, in a private hot air balloon watching the sun rise over the sacred peaks... South-East Asia isn't short of romantic spots, but you'll be hard-pressed to find one more awe-inspiring than this. Burma/Myanmar only opened to tourists a few years ago, so if you're looking for a unique story of how you proposed, this is the spot for you.
Since the monuments are scattered around an area of more than 15 square miles, an aerial view is an efficient way to take in the scope of this enchanting landscape.
Perhaps the best way to appreciate the sheer scale of Bagan's majestic archaeology is to take an early morning hot air balloon trip with local outfit Balloons over Bagan. Flights typically start at sunrise and last about an hour. Prices include hotel transfer and a light champagne breakfast. Some of the profits go towards local community projects.
Bagan is integrated into most Myanmar tours, including Abercrombie & Kent's 11-day Burmese Heritage trip, which combines a starlight temple dinner at Bagan with an Ayeyarwaddy river cruise, the sites of Yangon, pagodas of Mandalay and tranquil Inle Lake, Balloons Over Bagan (balloonsoverbagan.com) drift their hot-air balloons daily above the Bagan ruins and Ayeyarwaddy Delta at sunrise.
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