Ballooning in Bagan
Ballooning season in Bagan runs from the beginning of October to the middle of April. Sunrise is when most rides are offered, as the cooler morning temperatures allow balloons to float closer to the ancient stupas for a more detailed glimpse. Daybreak also tends to bring with it more dramatic layers of haze, dreamily blanketing the landscape for a perfect photo opp.
Perhaps the most established of Bagan’s ballooning providers is Balloons over Bagan. What started out as one hot air balloon and a small crew nearly 20 years ago has grown into a 12-balloon fleet and over 100 mostly local, experienced crewmembers.
Balloons Over Bagan has two balloon flight options – classic or premium. The classic package costs $340 USD per person. Passengers are picked up, then treated to a light pre-flight breakfast while the balloons fill. Classic balloon baskets fit up to around 10 riders each. Complimentary refreshments paired with wine come after floating over Bagan’s stunning immenseness.
For a more intimate, in-flight journey, the premium choice ($450 USD per person) has smaller baskets that fit eight travelers at most, with separate compartments for couples. It also includes an interactive tour and a continental breakfast afterwards with just as much wine if not more than the classic balloon flight.
Thiripyitsaya Block No. (5), Nyaung U (Bagan), Myanmar, +95 9 424 313 404
Golden Eagle Ballooning intends to fill the needs of demand for hot air balloon operation in Bagan with highest safety standards and services. GEB’s balloons are manufactured by Ultramagic from Spain – one of the best and well-known balloon manufacturers in the world and approved by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The insurance is comprehensively covered by Lloyd from United Kingdom for both third parties and the passengers.
Golden Eagle Ballooning operates three balloons with a total capacity of 24 passengers with one Sunrise flight every morning of 35 minutes to one hour duration, depending on the wind speed and weather condition on that day
97B Wadan Street, Lanmandaw Tsp, Yangon
PH : 01705876, 01225569, 09 73235103
Email: [email protected]
Oriental Ballooning is newer to the hot-air balloon scene in Myanmar. But, for having only been around since 2013, it’s already become another large ballooning operation. Oriental Ballooning advertises many of the same services and extras as Balloons over Bagan. Basket sizes range from as intimate as four up to the capacity to hold 12 passengers. The price is $399 USD per person.
No. 76 A, Lanmadaw Road, Sone Kone Quarter, Nyaung U, +95 9 250 505 383
The fleets of STT Ballooning are masterpieces of Cameron Balloons, one of the most experienced and reputable balloon manufacturers based in the United Kingdom. All our pilots and technicians are European nationals with the United Kingdom’s professional licenses issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. All ground crews are well-trained with international ballooning operating standards. The latest modern balloons have spacious compartment baskets, which give passengers feeling of stability and security when floating over Bagan’s breathtaking views.
Yangon Office: No(28), Room No(5/A), Lamin Condo, Kan Street, Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Bagan Office: No.7, Main Road, Wet Kyi Inn Quarter, Between Bagan and Nyaung Oo, Bagan 100501, Myanmar
All hot air balloon rides last approximately 45 minutes. Book far in advance, as spaces fill up quickly – especially during peak tourist season. Prices tend to be higher from mid-December to mid-January. Inquire while booking.