Morning Hot Air Ballooning over Bagan

Morning Hot Air
Ballooning over Bagan

Seeing Bagan from the ground is already a visual feast yet floating nearby the plains of Bagan
with over 2000 temples and pagodas aboard a hot air balloon will even surpass your
wildest dreams. A serene and peaceful bird’s-eye view of an ancient kingdom.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Bagan’s fabled temples and pagodas are a sight to behold. Over 2000 religious monuments are scattered around the Bagan plains, offering respite and solace for Burmese Buddhists and awe-inspiring scenes for visitors who want to grasp the feeling of what once was the centre of an old Kingdom.

This ancient administrative and ruling centre of a bygone era took root in the 8th century but only rose to glory as capital of the First Kingdom of Myanmar in the early 11th century.

By day, Bagan tends to bring out ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ out of visitors but once you’ve tasted the dream of flight, an early morning hot air balloon flight over centuries of magnificence will even silence the most avid travellers from ascent to descent.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Morning Hot Air Ballooning over Bagan

05:30 - 08:00

Hot air ballooning conditions are best in the early morning and an early ride, even before the sun has risen above the Burmese horizon. Your ballooning team welcomes you at the hotel lobby of your Bagan hotel and drives you to the starting point where professional balloonists with years of experience are prepping the balloon for lift-off. Instructions about the safety and how to maximize your aerial enjoyment for the following 45 minutes are clearly explained before embarking the basket. Each balloon can carry between 8 and 16 passengers. Once airborne, you will feel the sensation of flight at the speed of around 15 kilometres per hour floating on cool air streams across the Bagan Archaeological site.

Peaceful, and with your eyes fixated on the rising sun behind the contours of Bagan’s ancient kingdom, the experience of a lifetime now takes more realistic forms. As you are totally taken aback with snapping away as mementoes for later, your pilot will slowly make its way to a designated landing area – his skills include the ability to guide the balloon to a gentle landing on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, or in an open field, where the ground crew supports a safe landing.

It will take some time to catch your breath and share your experiences with your fellow balloonists as the ground team preps the balloon for repacking and ready for another flight the following morning. Your transfer back to your Bagan resort is included, and you will be in time back at your hotel for breakfast and yet another day in magical Bagan.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Joint return transfers with English-speaking assistance from Bagan Hotels only.
  • A 45-minute sunrise hot air balloon tour along the Bagan temples
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Third party and passenger liability insurance by the hot air balloon operator

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • 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

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking pilot.
  • We are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users, children under the age of 8 years old and pregnant women.
  • 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.
  • Customers are allowed to take pictures during the hot air balloon tour freely.
  • 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 cancel to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to follow the final and decision by the hot air balloon pilot only for the safety of our guests.
  • Any passenger in excess of 125 kg/280 pounds or any client who requires the space in the basket for 2 passengers, will required to pay a 100% surcharge of the ticket price. Failure to provide accurate information in advance could lead to the refusal of flight at the launch site, whereby no refund will be offered.
  • 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 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.
  • This tour is only operated during sunrise because of weather and wind conditions.
  • The hot air balloons used are considered to be of the highest standards available and constructed by the leading hot air balloon company in the world (Cameron Balloons)

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