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“Calm ride over Vang Vieng for a good price, tick it off your things to do before you die list.”

Balloons Over Vang Vieng
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Very calm ride over Vang Vieng. In fact for quite a bit of it we barely moved. There were no issues with take off, or landing, or being near a power lines or trees. There were 6 of us in the basket, any more would have been too cramped.

We took the 6:30 trip, and did see the sunrise break through the clouds. However it is cloudy, apparently every day in the dry season (we visited April), so visibility into the distance is not great. It was great to get a different view on the town below though.

For the price, just $80, this was a bargain compared to what we can get in the UK. So for us it was a no-brainer, where else would we have this opportunity for this price. Something else ticked off the bucket list.

TIPS:
AFTERNOON or MORNING - Apparently afternoon trips have a higher wind speed than morning trips, so you might get to go further, or it might be a bit more exciting.
HAT - your head may get uncomfortably hot from the burners, so take a hat (the pilot wears one)

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The company is owned and operates by Chinese. We were told that the flight would take between 45-50 minutes. In the end it took only 28 minutes from start to touchdown. We were only high in the air for 10 minutes, rest of the time was floating 5 meters above the ground. I experienced a better flight in Germany, which was really worth paying a comparable price to Vang Vieng. In advance there was no security briefing. Also, they did not even ask for our weight, which is important for security reasons. I would not book that tour again.

4  Thank KKxPP
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

this was our first balloon ride and it was totally worth it; amazing views. we would have wanted to have it even longer. the only downside was we were supposed to take the 630 flight and they picked us up late so we didnt really got to watch the sun rise. as others said there was no briefing before the flight but after reading reviews and watching documentaries, we knew what to expect. all in all, it was a fabulous way to start my birthday celebration!

Thank andomartekidis
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Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

We went for the afternoon flight, and paid $80 each which we thought was pretty good. When we got to the site we saw them blowing up the balloons and then we got in the basket. As we gently floated off the ground another balloon was being blown up. We were floating quite low over the town which was fine until we came close to pylons. At one point I thought we were either in the trees or the pylon! We only cleared the pylon by a couple of metres at the most. After another 10 minutes and narrowly clearing another pylon we came to land. By this point I was glad we were on the ground. The other hot airballoon that came up behind us was a lot higher than us for their trip so would not have had the worries of pylons. The pilot was calm the full way though so obviously he knew what he was doing. As others have said it is about 35/40 minutes in the air, but for me that was enough.

1  Thank T-ravel198712
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We decided to do a ballooning trip while in Vang vieng as my boyfriend had never done one before and thought that 80usd was pretty good price compared to what you pay in other places. We went for the sunrise 6:30 am flight and loved every minute of it! We caught the sunrise perfectly and the landscape was stunning, karsts rising out of the low level mist, catching the early morning glow from the sun.

There was only 5 of us and I never had any concerns over safety, the pilot seemed very competent and constantly checking the wind speed. However, as others have said we didn't get a full hour, more like 40 mins.

Overall, thought it was awesome and well worth doing!

Thank nzcynth
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