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.
Bagan to Popa Mountain and Salay Day Trip
In Salay, discover the culture and history near Ayeyarwaddy River by visiting the famous Yoke Sone Kyaung Monastery and the heritage museum of Salay U Pone Nya, a famous writer during the time of the Myanmar Kings. Besides, visit the Popa Taungkalat Shrine, home to 37 animist spirit entities, statues of which can be found at its base.
Price range: US $ / per person
Morning Hot Air Ballooning over Bagan
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.
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 will drive 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 and 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 realistic forms.
As you are totally taken aback with snapping away as a memento for later, your pilot will slowly makes 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.
Joint return transfers with English-speaking assistance from hotels in Bagan only. All applicable taxes and service charges Third party and passenger liability insurance by the hot air balloon operator
Meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated. Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point.
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