Balloon Ride over Bagan - by ORIENTAL BALLOON

One of the finest sights in the world, the view of the cultural ancient city (Bagan) from the air.

Flying over the unique Bagan area, you will be astounded and amazed by the beauty and diversity of the temples and stupas below you. With the Irrawaddy River, a life-giving companion, to the west and mountains to the east, your flight of a lifetime will carry you over the temples and fields of this historic plain.

Early in the morning, before sunrise, you will be collected from your hotel and taken to one of our carefully selected launch sites, which will give you the very best views of the thousands of temples and stupas that litter the plains of Bagan.

One of our sites is situated on the river bank near Nyaung-Oo U town and the famous Shwezigon pagoda. As you arrive on the site, our dedicated team welcomes you with freshly brewed coffee or tea, croissants and pastries. You will be escorted to your balloon basket where your pilot gives you a thorough safety briefing before commencing to inflate the balloon.

Very soon it’s time to climb on board, rise gently into the morning skies, and greet the sunrise. Slowly and magnificently Bagan reveals its secrets. The breathtaking site of stupa after stupa, in their hundreds, appearing through the delicate mist is quite unforgettable.

Your pilot uses his skills and the ever changing breezes to navigate close to the most interesting temples. You’ll hear tales such as that of the founder king of Bagan, Anawratha who built the first Buddhist temple, the golden Shwezigon, in 1057 and started the tradition of temple building by his successors, which continued for over 230 years. A balloon flight is the best way to appreciate the entirety of the temple complex and it has been said that on one balloon flight you see far more temples than you would in three whole days from the ground.

To the west take in the immensity of the mighty Irrawaddy River with Taungyi Taung perched on the hilltop above, and catch a glimpse of the volcanic Mt. Popa to the east. Local children wave excitedly as you pass overhead and the traditional life style and housing of the friendly and hospitable Myanmar people is revealed.

As your flight comes to an end, the pilot guides his craft to a safe landing site, where our crew welcome you once again with helping hands. But the experience isn’t over yet and you are invited to celebrate, with your fellow passengers, as your pilot pops open a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and personally signs your flight certificates. Enjoy your drink with some fresh fruit and spend a few more moments with us, whilst the crew pack away the balloon, and savour this magical landscape before being whisked back to your hotel where you will arrive in good time to enjoy your hotel’s breakfast.

Sample Itinerary

Every day is different when it comes to ballooning. The winds change daily and the weather is affected by the seasons. The sun rises later in December than in October or March. The following itinerary is an example of what you may experience with Oriental Ballooning, but times and locations will be confirmed the night before your flight. Please don’t make any time-critical decisions based on this itinerary, for example, trying to catch an early aeroplane or boat after your flight.
  • 0530 - 0600: We'll collect you from your hotel in a comfortable car or minibus
  • 0600 - 0615: You'll meet your pilot, and enjoy pre-flight tea, coffee and pastries. You’ll be given a safety briefing.
  • 0615 - 0630: Watch as the balloons are prepared by the trained crew and inflated by the experienced British pilots
  • 0630 - 0645: All aboard! Climb into the basket and prepare for take off!
  • 0645 - 0730: Enjoy the amazing experience of floating over this amazing historical area with its temples, stupas and other beautiful sights.
  • 0730 - 0800: Celebrate your safe return to earth with a drink of chilled sparkling wine, served with fruit. Receive your personal flight certificate, signed by your pilot
  • 0800 - 0830: Return to your hotel in time for breakfast

Book with us for a discount price.

Book with us for a discount price.
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The price shown above is for our Private Charter and Premium Service, and includes:

  • Pickup from your hotel or guest house
  • Light, pre-flight breakfast service while you watch the balloons inflate
  • Complimentary bottle of water in each basket for each passenger
  • Safety Briefing from your pilot
  • An intimate and interactive experience in our exclusive 4 and 8 passenger balloons
  • Return to your hotel or guest house after the flight

Passengers flying with ORIENTAL BALLOONING are bound by the following Terms and Conditions:

1) Passengers should wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or skirts, preferably made from natural fibres.

2) Any medical condition such as epilepsy, recent surgery or other condition which can affect your ability to fly or assist the crew must be disclosed to ORIENTAL BALLOONING at the time of booking, and to the pilot on the day of your flight. Pregnant women will not be allowed on flights. ORIENTAL BALLOONING will not be liable for illness or injury due to any undisclosed condition or failure to comply with any reasonable instruction given by the pilot, crew or company representatives.

3) Any passenger with a body weight in excess of 125kg/280lbs, or any passenger requiring the space of 2 passengers in the balloon basket, is required to pay a 100% surcharge of the ticket price. Failure to provide accurate information in advance may lead to the refusal of flight at the launch site, whereby no refund will be offered.

4) Children under the age of 8 years are not permitted to fly with ORIENTAL BALLOONING. Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and only if the child is over 4’6” or 137cm in height.

5) As the pilot is legally responsible for the safety of all passengers at all times connected with the flight, he or she has the right to refuse passengers for whatsoever reason as to not endanger the flight or other passengers.

6) Full attention must be paid by passengers to the safety briefing given before the launch of the balloon, and questions should be put to pilot if the briefing is not understood or unclear.

7) The decision of the pilot of the day is final on all matters, and he or she has full authority over passengers and crew who are to fully comply with his or her instructions or orders.

8) ORIENTAL BALLOONING expects passengers to give full co-operation and assistance if needed to the pilot and crew in any situation that is deemed reasonable, during pre- and post-flight activities.

9) ORIENTAL BALLOONING reserves the right to cancel or delay flights, and change rendezvous and launch sites at short notice, to achieve safe and successful flights. The company is not liable for any ensuing loss or inconvenience.

10) ORIENTAL BALLOONING carries third party and passenger liability for all its balloons.

11) ORIENTAL BALLOONING accepts no liability for claims arising as a result of an act or default of any other passenger or bystander.

12) ORIENTAL BALLOONING accepts no liability for loss or damage to persons or property other than that which results from negligence on its own part.

13) ORIENTAL BALLOONING will not accept liability for loss or damage to personal effects taken on flights.

14) Flights cancelled by ORIENTAL BALLOONING for safety reasons, inclement or unfavourable weather conditions, or operational difficulties will be refunded in full. All direct payments to ORIENTAL BALLOONING will be refunded in cash either in Bagan, Mandalay or Yangon. For all bookings made through tour agents, passengers must contact the respective agent to expedite their refunds.

15) ORIENTAL BALLOONING reserves the right to alter, revise or review any terms, conditions or rates, at its discretion.

16) No refunds will be given for failure to arrive for a pre-arranged flight.

17) Receipts, payment vouchers or flight tickets are to be produced on arrival at the launch site.

18) All passengers and accompanying guides must register in advance at our sales desk at the appropriate ORIENTAL BALLOONING office. Our sales desk office hours and telephone numbers are as follows:

Safety briefing (as given by the pilot before take-off)

  • Do not touch any coloured ropes or the fuel hoses or any of the burner controls
  • During inflation, do not move between the trucks and the balloon.
  • On the command 'Landing Positions';
    - Face backwards to the direction of travel.
    - Hold onto the rope handles
    - Bend your knees (like skiing), but do not sit on the floor
    - Lean back against the basket padding
    - Stay in this position until invited to stand upright again.
  • Before the landing, stow all cameras/videos/binoculars etc. DO NOT HANG ANYTHING AROUND YOUR NECK.
  • After the landing, stay in the basket. Do not get out, until the pilot has told you it is safe to do so!

For passengers flying in Bagan: 09-250-505-383, 09-259-100-511 from 0900 until 2000.