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Oriental Ballooning Bagan

Bagan, Myanmar
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About Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Oriental Ballooning offers hot-air balloon flights over the ancient temple zone of Bagan, flying each morning from the start of October until mid April. Our baskets hold a maximum of 12 passengers, with no more than 3 people to a compartment, giving you the very best platform from which to see the awe inspiring temples, stupas and monasteries.
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Ian011 wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom187 contributions104 helpful votes
I booked this trip through myanmarvels tours and travel which is cheaper than booking direct. Although I'd always wanted to go in a hot air balloon I was nervous at the same time. I needn't have been. We were picked up from the hotel and taken to the launch area whilst it was still dark and given breakfast. They then started to get the balloons ready for launch. This is a terrific sight. We were then given a safety briefing. It then came time to take off. There is plenty of room in the basket. By ty the time we took off the sun was coming up. My fear disappeared as soon as we took off. The views are spectacular and our pilot gave a very knowledgeable commentary. He made sure that everybody had great views by turning the balloon round. All too soon it was over. The landing is a bit bumpy but no worse than a bumpy plane landing. I would love to go again.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Balloon_Pilot_Dave, Pilot, Oriental Ballooning Bagan at Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Responded Apr 6, 2020
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had an unbelievable flight with Oriental Ballooning. We find that passengers who are a little nervous soon over come their fears and are those that enjoy the flight the most. The pilots all coordinate the inflation of the balloons prior to take off and it does make a great sight as they rise from the ground all together. All our pilots like to share their local knowledge of Bagan and are always happy to answer questions, the pilots enjoy the flight just as much as the passengers do. We look forward to flying you again. Best Regards Dave
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Anne H wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions8 helpful votes
Wow, what a breathtaking experience. The sun was rising as we took off from the Irrawaddy River flood plain, quickly above the trees you can see the fast area of Bagan and the hundreds of Pagodas. As we flew over the landscape you see people going about the daily routine, maybe sweeping the ground in front of their house, working in the fields or walking to market. The crew at Oriental Ballooning Bagan were brilliant, safety for all passengers was the priority. My first ballooning flight at the age of 67, I will be doing it again!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Balloon_Pilot_Dave, Pilot, Oriental Ballooning Bagan at Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Responded Mar 30, 2020
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a breathtaking experience flying with Oriental Ballooning. We always look after our passengers young or old and safety is our number one priority. We hope you don't stop flying and are proud to have given you your first balloon flight! Best Regards Dave
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pawe3160 wrote a review Mar 2020
Brussels, Belgium29 contributions10 helpful votes
Fantastic experience. Very well organized, nearly militarily. It gives confidence. We were 8 in the balloon. We flew for nearly 1 hour and a half We flew just over the tempels. Unbelievable views ! The pilot (Brian from Australia) was very kind an communicative. Of course the quality of your experience will depend on the weather and the wind. We have the chance to have a beautiful weather with the perfect wind just going over the temples
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Balloon_Pilot_Dave, Pilot, Oriental Ballooning Bagan at Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Responded Mar 30, 2020
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful flight with Oriental Ballooning. It certainly is a military style operation when we fly all our balloons we have nearly 100 ground staff making sure that everything runs perfectly. I will pass on your thanks to Captain Brian and his crew. Best Regards Dave
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Jezza A wrote a review Mar 2020
Horsham District, United Kingdom95 contributions24 helpful votes
Wonderful experience which was unforgettable. All balloons are UK manufactured with qualified pilots and trained local ground staff who were all excellent. Take off & landing were smooth and views breathtaking. It was well planned with coffee and pastries on arrival and champagne, baseball cap and certificate of completion at the end. We had some photos taken during the flight which we download afterwards. There were only 5 images which were a bit disappointing and just showed everybody in the basket - i would have liked some shots of the temples from the balloon to complement our own photos & videos. But its a small quibble. Overall a great experience which was very safe & we would recommend. Try booking with your tour operator as its usually cheaper than direct!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Balloon_Pilot_Dave, Pilot, Oriental Ballooning Bagan at Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Responded Mar 30, 2020
Thank you for your review We are so pleased that you had a wonderful and unforgettable experience flying wit Oriental Ballooning. Our cameras are fixed and point towards the basket at all times, we always try and position the balloon so that temples are visible in the photos, but its not always possible. Our photos offer an angle that passengers are not able to get and the photos are of course a free download. Best Regards Dave
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Selva Ganesh M wrote a review Mar 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania3 contributions
Fantastic experience. Matt Wady was our pilot. You can ask any question to Matt and he always answer with a smile, great quality. Very gentle ride. Take off and landing was smooth. All safety standards were followed. If you want to fly in Bagan better go with Oriental Ballooning.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Balloon_Pilot_Dave, Pilot, Oriental Ballooning Bagan at Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a fantastic experience flying with Oriental Ballooning. I will pass on your thanks to Matt and his crew. Best Regards Dave
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