Oriental Ballooning Bagan
Oriental Ballooning Bagan
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5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Bagan, Myanmar

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TonyPKL
Kings Langley, UK480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A very early morning start in a large group took us to the launch site where seven balloons were being prepped for baskets of 12 people plus pilot. We had Jonny Smith who, with 20+ years of experience as a balloonist, was both extremely professional and very entertaining. After tea and coffee we were ushered to the balloons for a full safety briefing. Everything was synchronised so that all seven balloons were filled with air, heated and took off together and timed for just after sun up. The shear size and grace of it all is awe inspiring. We were hardly even aware that we had taken off. Once up in the air the views over Bagan in the early morning sun are just stunning. We flew at around 500 feet from the ground and Jonny pointed out the key temples and sites as we went, adding history and anecdotes where appropriate. The flight lasted about an hour and, apart from the odd burst from the burners, was so gentle and peaceful you are not really aware of movement. This is definitely a must do trip; we loved it and even those who had a fear of heights seemed completely unaffected by it. Finally I must say the Oriental Ballooning were really professional and fully safety conscious at all stages of the experience. We loved it and would do it again!
Written March 8, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased that you had an awe inspiring flight with Oriental Ballooning. Its nice to get feedback on our synchronised inflation of the balloons, we think it really adds to the show for all the passengers. I will pass on your thanks to Jonny and his crew. We look forward to flying you again! Best Regards Dave
Written March 9, 2020
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Globalvillage
Sydney, Australia50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
The ride provides some amazing views of Bagan in the early hours of the morning. The pilots are extremely professional and qualified. However, we felt the extremely high prices were unjustified. This could be due to the presence of only 4 hot air balloon companies in Bagan/Myanmar.
Written January 14, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves on the professionalism of our pilots, who are some of the most experienced pilots flying balloons. Our prices are in-line with the other balloon companies operating in Myanmar Best Regards Dave
Written January 16, 2020
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Virginia C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Hands down the best experience I have ever had. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough !!! Matt, our pilot was a total pro and we felt 100% safe, informed and secure at all times. From the delicious pastries, coffee and tea at breakfast to the champagne cheers at the very end, we were treated like queens throughout the entire process. The price might seem quite steep when sat at home scrolling through the internet but it is incredible value for a morning you will never forget. Truly a magical experience and a worthwhile investment into the bank of life!
Written February 15, 2020
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I will pass on your thanks to Captain Matt and his crew. We are so pleased that you had such a great experience and you are correct, flying over the temples really is magical. We always do our best to give all of our passengers an amazing experience from the moment they are collected to the moment they are return to their hotel. Thank you for sharing your review with us. Best Regards Dave
Written February 16, 2020
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staledale
1,429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Scheduled pick up at 5:30 am, they arrived at 5:50 after picking up other people; taken by Oriental Ballooning Myanmar for sunrise ballooning. While very expensive, this may be the best activity I’ve ever done anywhere in the world, ever; including scuba diving with manta rays in the Maldives. Richard from England was our pilot. He also pilots in Australia north of Sydney and in England depending on the time of year. Simply fabulous! The views are never-ending amazing. After we landed, they served us Brut champagne, gave us each a hat and a goody bag. We got the cork and the metal top from the bottle that they fashioned into a hot air balloon. Home by 8:45. WORTH THE SPLURGE!
Written January 19, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review! Scuba diving with Manta Rays takes some beating, so I'm so glad we were able to give you the best activity you have ever done. I will pass on your thanks to Richard and his crew. Thank you so much and you are correct, flying with us is simply fabulous! Dave
Written January 20, 2020
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annat150
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Hot air ballooning has always been on my bucket list. To do this over the temples of Bagan was incredible. To be honest I kind of expected a bit of a dodgy operation but it was so professional and safe I was pleasantly surprised. We were collected from our hotel by a driver who took us to the launch site. We were greeted with a breakfast of tea, coffee, pastries and cereal before being given a run down of the process. We were also handed a peak cap which I would recommend wearing as every now and then you get showered with sand? After being led to the launch site were were briefed again before climbing into the baskets. (I would not recommend wearing a skirt to do this) Then we just floated and admired the view for about 45 minutes. Our pilot Olli was happy to answer any questions as well as giving a brief explanation of what we were seeing down below. Upon landing we were given a gift bag, a glass of bubbles and some fruit before being transported back to our hotel. Another nice touch was that they took some photos of us mid flight and we are able to download them free of charge off the website. We paid $300 US through our tour company
Written February 11, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are very pleased that we exceeded your expectations. We pride ourselves on our professionalism from our ground crews through to our pilots and we have very high safety standards, that we frequently review. If we take off or land on one of the Irrawaddy River sandbanks then the balloon does acquire a little sand inside which on rare occasions can become dislodged, so wearing one of our free caps can be a good idea. I will pass on your thanks to Captain Olli and his crew. Best Wishes Dave
Written February 13, 2020
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Relax42533726704
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Captain Brian and oriental ballooning team in Bagan Myanmar (Burma) gave us an amazing balloon flight adventure over Bagan 3000 pagodas. Flying in sunrise in the quiet balloon environment, 9 grownup passengers excited like small kids, 3000-1000 ft' above the golden & brownish pagodas is a uniqe nice expiriance we will certainly not forget and remember for years. The team was very helpful, responsive & professional. Safety was very well kept & explained and the surrounding treatment, with coffe croissants and Champaign was perfect. Highly recommended adventure although the relative high price & early wakeup preconditions.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had an amazing balloon flight with Oriental Ballooning. The early wake up to watch the sunrise when you are airborne is more than worth it! I will pass on your thanks to Captain Brian and his crew. Flying over the Bagan temples really is a memory you will never forget. Best Regards Dave
Written March 4, 2020
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Casinoroyale72
Dallas, TX93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Incredible ride this morning with Jonny as our pilot. I received an email from them to reconfirm and to give me information about pick up time, etc. a few days before. I was picked up exactly on time and my group was delivered to the start site. We were welcomed by everyone and offered tea/coffee and nice pastries. I knew absolutely nothing about balloons so it was great fun to watch them be inflated. There were lots of balloons today and it was a glorious sight to see them all in the air. We flew for over one hour and had lots of fun landing on the big sand bars in the river. More food and drink including champagne and a boat ride back to land. I was hesitant because I don’t love heights and was fearful but it was very smooth and relaxing. Jonny did a great job turning the balloon so that everyone could get views/pictures. He was also very knowledgeable about which temples were which and what “neighborhoods” we were flying over.
Written February 15, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful experience flying over the temples of Bagan with Oriental Ballooning. We find that those passengers that are a little nervous about heights soon overcome their fears. When you fly in a balloon we always travel with the wind so it is always very smooth and relaxing, we describe it like flying on a magic carpet. I will pass on your thanks to Jonny and his hard working crew. Best Regards Dave
Written February 16, 2020
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zsszn
Bratislava Region, Slovakia497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Ravi was our pilot and was amazing - 3 hours of professional entertaining and flying. He flies round and round during flight, than everybody see the therein, pagodas and temples. He is a nice person who explain the beginning of ballooning, the drinking of champagne after ballooning, the pagodas under us, care of the safety and photos of us, also make advertisement for the nex flights...
The company knows how to charm their client, was punctual with pick up time, serve hot croissants for breakfast, has well trained pilots and perfectly chill the champagne. Highly recommend.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review and I will pass on your thanks to Ravi. All of our pilots are professional and love to share their passion for ballooning and explain about the beautiful temples that we are lucky enough to fly over. We all enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate the flight! Best Regards Dave
Written January 13, 2020
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Neil G
Fladbury, UK108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We booked this trip and were really pleased we did. Oriental ballooning were very professional and efficient and we would recommend them. The trip was fantastic with the aerial view providing a great opportunity to understand the greography and size of the temple areas of Bagan. Highly recommend!
Written March 11, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had a fantastic flight flying with Oriental Ballooning. There really is no better way to see the temples and landscape of Bagan. Best Regards Dave
Written March 12, 2020
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Danyelle
Mission Beach, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Like floating on a magic carpet, the sunrise over Bagan in a hot air balloon is an amazing experience! We were collected from the hotel early, taken to a hideaway where we ate croissants and drank coffee while the team gathered everyone together. A lovely cool morning with a gentle breeze made the conditions perfect. Brian our Aussie pilot was very experienced and added a lot of fun to the ride. We soared over temples, then out over the Irrawaddy river, waving to locals and soaking up the amazing vista of Bagan. Well worth the cost and early morning start, highly recommend!
Written February 8, 2020
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Thank you for your review. A magic carpet flight is just how we describe flying in our balloons, there is nothing else like it! We are so pleased that you had an amazing experience with us, I will pass on your thanks to Brian and his crew. Best Regards Dave
Written February 9, 2020
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