Hot-Air Ballooning and Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep

Hot-Air Ballooning and
Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep

Offering new perspectives of Chiang Mai, this early morning tour goes beyond the panoramic
view with both feet on the ground. Hot air ballooning over Chiang Mai and a visit to
Doi Suthep gives visitors a real bird’s eye view of the Rose of the North.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The mountain magnificence of northern Thailand has long been a factor for Thailand-inspired travellers. From its highest peak to the valleys intersecting the hills and inclines in the former Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai forms the perfect base to venture out and see this wonderful part from a slightly elevated position, with religious landmarks such as the Doi Suthep mountain temple as an example of putting the region onto the tourism map.

Hill tribe have called the Chiang Mai province home for generations – with its fertile grounds and climates of a cooler character – form a patchwork of agriculture and plantations above sea level. Hot-air ballooning is by far the most exhilarating means of transport to show you all that Chiang Mai has to offer from above, a feast for the eyes when soaring gently through the Chiang Mai skies.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Hot-Air Ballooning and Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep

05:30 - 12:30

A very early morning pick-up by a driver is followed by a short transfer to the hot air balloon ascension site. The slower wind speeds and perfect air stream conditions for hot air ballooning are only available very early in the morning before the air heats up, thus rising before breakfast is a must.

Once arriving at the site, you will be guided in the safe hands of the English-speaking crew and your pilot for the morning. Alongside fellow flyers, you slowly will see the balloon taking shape as you prepare to ascend into the basket. From here, it is 50 minutes of sheer enjoyment passing by under you – from the meandering Ping River to rice paddy fields, villages and temple roofs protruding against tree canopies, Chiang Mai suddenly is elevated to new moments of awe-inspiring moments. From afar, one may see the contours of Doi Suthep already basking in the morning sun as your pilot slowly guides the balloon back to earth. Your return back on solid ground is celebrated with a small breakfast and a glass of champagne to remember this amazing start of a morning. Together with a flight certificate, you and your guide head up into the mountains to see Chiang Mai and its surroundings from a more spiritual vantage point.

Built some 600 years ago, the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai’s most important and visible landmark, located near the summit of Doi Suthep at 1676 metres above sea level. The final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga staircase of 306 steps. On a clear day, there are great views over the city and valley of Chiang Mai. As morning ends and the afternoon begins, you will head back to your Chiang Mai hotel at around 12.30pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • An early morning hot-air balloon ride (joint) with a professional English-speaking assistance
  • Joined transfers from your Chiang Mai hotel to the hot air balloon launch site.
  • Private tours and transfers with a professional English-speaking / German speaking guide at Doi Suthep, starting from the hot air balloon site
  • Light breakfast with one glass of champagne at the hot air balloon site
  • Flight certificate
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • The hot air balloon flight is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking assistance, as where the Doi Suthep tour is operated on full private basis with English or German-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Depending on the number of guests on any confirmed tours, the correct type of car / mini-van/coach cannot be confirmed upon reservation. This also depends on the availability of accommodation.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Customer may require signing waivers before taking the balloon flight.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • In windy or otherwise marginal conditions the pilot may choose to postpone or cancel the flight, as safety is highly valued. Fortunately Thailand typically has perfect ballooning weather thus flights rarely need to be cancelled. In the event we do need to cancel a flight due to weather conditions, we will be delighted to reschedule the flight.
  • Program only is operational from 5.30 in the morning.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • Customer heath criteria for flying: all adults and children in good health, without ailments that do not allow strenuous exercise.
  • Children – must have a height not less than 140 cm.
  • Best period for hot air ballooning in Chiang Mai runs from mid-November until mid-March

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