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“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)

There is a well-known saying, “Bagan is (the) spirit of (the) history of Myanmar” and to fully understand the importance and complexity of the Buddhist influence over Myanmar then you really should treat yourself to a hot air balloon flight over the ancient city of Bagan. Although not yet awarded a UNESCIO World Heritage listing, this area is home to the highest density of Buddhist architecture anywhere in the world and stretches across 42 square kilometres of the Irrawaddy plain. I had already spent two leisurely days exploring the area by electric moped, where I  was amazed by the craftsmanship of the builders dating back to the 11th and 13th centuries, however, I needed to experience a “birds eye view,” to really appreciate the historic and cultural wealth of this site.

When considering ballooning, especially in a foreign country, it is important to find an operator who is professional; where safety and expertise are uttermost, while still enabling the customer to have a personal fun experience.

The listing description for “Balloons Over Bagan,” a company established since 1999 by Brett Melzer and Khin Omar Win, was as accurate as you could get with text and photos, however, this company provides so much more than just a sunrise flight over 2000 Buddhist temples and pagodas.

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A “Bird’s Eye View” of the Buddhist temples and pagodas of Bagan.

Balloons over Bagan would have to be the most professional team I have ever flown with and I have had the opportunity of ballooning in some wonderful locations around the world. Their pilots are well trained and at all times the customers are made aware of what is going on. I felt safe and secure in the knowledge that my pilot, Gavin, was completely in charge as we floated in the early morning, golden light over the ancient temples of Bagan. He gave us plenty of photographic opportunities, accompanied by his expert knowledge of the history of each structure which captured the true essence of how important and enormous this site is to followers of Buddhism.

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 There are many photographic opportunities as the balloon glides over 2000 Buddhist temples and pagodas.

After a flight of approximately 45 minutes over this historical landmark, the pilot brought us down with a soft landing and we were served refreshments, in a truly luxurious style. The whole experience including hotel pick ups, lasts between 2 ½ to 3 hours.

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A breakfast of champagne, fruit, croissants and cake is served before guests are then transported back to their accommodation.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity of experiencing this unique travel adventure in one of the hottest destinations in Asia. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment and pack a warm jacket.

Thumbs up, “Balloons Over Bagan” – safe, professional and personal.


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About Penny Frederiksen

Penny enjoys writing for a variety of blogs and magazines where she hopes to inspire readers to travel and explore the world. She is a regular contributor to publications in Russia, The United Kingdom, and South East Asia. Penny lives in rural Australia and her love affair with travel and photography started at a very young age..the National Geographic Magazines at her local dentist! ” I loved the wonderful stories and photographs – they brought history and culture alive.” Penny’s independent, solo travel started about 10 years ago when she realized all her friends had no interest in photography and getting into the backstreets and villages of Asia. She enjoys traveling to exotic locations each year both on photography tours and by herself, showing other women that with planning and confidence, they too can visit worldly destinations on their own. Some of her most recent destinations include Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, UAE, Turkey, India, Nepal, and Myanmar. “Travel makes me step outside my comfort zone and get a better perspective of the world around me”

2 thoughts on ““Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)”

  1. Great intro to Ballooning Burma. That must be you hiding in there. Never flew in such a large basket – what was that like? You must have lots of great photos – consider a follow-up photo gallery. Keep on shootin’ and flyin’ !

    • Thanks Bruce, yes,it was me hiding in that basket. I will consider a follow-up photo gallery of Myanmar as you suggest. I am also endeavouring to upgrade my photographic skills to include shooting in Raw!

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