Ballooning Over Bagan: Ancient Temples from the Sky


Posted on March 1st, by Juan in Activities, Religious Sites & Temples. 5 comments

Balloons Over Bagan - Myanmar Travel Essentials

Are you ready to float over Bagan’s temples? Balloons Over Bagan gives you the opportunity to experience one of the world’s most beautiful balloon flights. The adventure starts at 5:30 am when they pick you up from your hotel in one of these cool Second World War converted buses and drive you to the launch site.

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At the launch site you are welcomed with tea or coffee whilst the ten balloons are inflated and checked

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It’s really interesting to see how the balloonist and his crew get the balloon ready, first with air and then with fire.

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Once everything was ready we took off to enjoy the sunrise! The balloon’s basket can take a maximum of 16 passengers plus the pilot.

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This photo is my favourite, and I have included it to show that it’s not all about the temples. These beautiful shadows from the sunrise over the farmer’s crops are marvellous.

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You fly together with other nine balloons, all at different heights and locations, making the experience a real treat for your eyes.

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The Irrawaddy river background in the next two photos also leaves you speechless, and if the day is clear, you can even see the famous Mt Popa.

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It’s also common to see farmers doing their daily rounds on their bullock cart.

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Flying low to have a beautiful view of Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest of all the temples in Bagan.

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White temple Thatbyinnyu stands out from the other over 2,000 temples and pagodas that still remain in Bagan.

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Very cool picture with all of us admiring Sulamani Temple and moment that lead to my next shot.

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Sulamani Temple in the shadow of a balloon.

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No matter if you are facing the sun while it’s rising or you have your back to, it’s still beautiful.

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Here is Graham, our pilot, who was fantastic! The way he made the balloon rise and gently fall made me feel as though I was floating over the temples. He also turned the basket every once in a while so everybody could fully enjoy the views.

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Great photo of us flying in the balloon! :)

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The landing was very gentle and the crew were on the ground ready to help the pilot, as well as to offer us some fruit, pastries and a glass of champagne.

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I want to thank Balloons Over Bagan for the amazing day I had. Starting the day in Bagan flying over the temples is absolutely magical!

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If you want to know more about Balloons Over Bagan visit their website or facebook page.

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5 thoughts on “Ballooning Over Bagan: Ancient Temples from the Sky

  1. Hi. Can you give an idea of the price? We are honeymooning through Myanmar in April/May and are torn between this at sunrise or from the ground at sunset (knowing us, it will end up as being both!) *your blog is awesome – thank you!
    B

    • Hi Bella.
      The price is about 320 USD per person and you can book directly from their website. I know it’s a lot of money but it’s really worth it. And as you said, you can’t miss the sunset, which is free. Just choose a temple, relax and treat your eyes! ;)
      If you have any other question, please contact me, I’m happy to help.
      Cheers,
      Juan

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