With a 5:30am pick-up and a 6am flight, companies brief all flyers with a safety talk before taking to the skies. Balloons take off on the southern edge of the plains and fly across a section, following the winds and promising spectacular views of some of the biggest and most iconic temples.
Although balloons are relatively high up, the sunrise combined with the endless views of temples, grasslands, and other hot air balloons littering the sky is one of the most incredible sights.
The roughly one hour flight will be enjoyed by those who are looking to see a bigger picture of the vastness of the plains of Bagan.
After, make time to explore the temples by bike or foot to get up close. Combining both experiences will be unforgettable, so be sure to do both!
Having traveled on the ground through the temples by electric bike and by foot, flying overhead in a hot air balloon above the temples and pagodas is an experience well worth splurging for.
With two different companies, Oriental Ballooning and Balloons Over Bagan, offering 8 to 16 passenger flights, splurge for one of the 8 passenger flights that cost around US $380. With less people, you have more room to move around, feel comfortable, and enjoy the best views possible.
Flying in the month of November, there was no rain, the winds were low, and the air was quite dry. Flights generally take place between October–March, however they are often cancelled throughout the season for safety reasons if there’s too much wind or rain.
Take the trip from Yangon to Bago to see the ancient palace, a shining pagoda taller than Shwedagon, and a slew of golden relics.
Skip the pricey balloon ride – catch a glimpse of traditional Burmese life at a local village, and find out explore the temples of Bagan with ease, with these tips from our insider Hannah.