In a country filled with spectacular scenery, Pindaya stands out as one of the most beautiful destinations in Myanmar. The small town is centred around a picturesque lake lined with gigantic banyan trees and is surrounded by the Shan mountains and hills. Nestled in the highlands are dozens of farms growing tea, vegetables and fruits and a mix of ethnic hill tribe villages.
The colours of Pindaya are as diverse as the landscapes: lush greens of the forest and tea plantations contrast with rich, red-brown soils and golden crops. The people of Pindaya, from the Danu, Pa-Oh and Palaung tribes, are also colourful, wearing traditional bright headscarves and sashes.
Most visitors to Pindaya make the 2 hour journey from the famous Inle Lake on a day trip to visit the Shwe Oo Min Cave, an impressive natural cave filled with thousands of gilded Buddha statues. Yet those who stay a bit longer will gain a deep appreciation for the sleepy pace of life, which is interrupted by the occasional horse-cart passing along the streets. The aerial perspective gained from a hot-air balloon flight in Pindaya adds another dimension to your visit to Myanmar: the mountains, hills, lakes and villages are simply breathtaking from above and it is a view that has been seen by only a lucky few.
Your ballooning adventure begins with you being collected from your hotel in the early morning hours. You will be transported by car and boat to one of our carefully chosen launch sites, selected for its close proximity to the mountain base. Before taking flight tea, coffee and light snacks will be served as you are introduced to your experienced UK-licensed Commercial Balloon Pilot who will present a comprehensive safety briefing. You will gently lift off and rise up past the Shwe Oo Min caves. You’ll clearly be able to see the white pagodas and walkways clinging to the side of the mountain as well as the villages and fields below. Have your camera ready as this is a spectacle not to be missed.
Your pilot will vary the height of the balloon to give you the best views, with the route being dictated by the wind. Depending on the weather, you may float low across the town and lake and climb up to see the tea plantations at Yazagyi hiding in the higher reaches of the mountains.
Once out in open country you will fly serenely over farmers and their families working the red soil of their fields with oxen, or villagers washing in the streams. We may see oxcarts laden with produce on their way to market. Flying low over small village communities brings great excitement and waving, perhaps with children chasing underneath the balloon for a field or two as they call up friendly ‘mingalarbar’ greetings!
Your flight will last about an hour. After your pilot has skilfully returned you to the earth, enjoy water, fruit juice, fresh seasonal fruit and a celebratory champagne style chilled sparkling wine in glass flutes whilst the enthusiastic crew pack the balloon away. To commemorate your adventure, you will be presented with a personalised Oriental Ballooning flight certificate signed by the pilot!
An adventure not to be missed in this remote and unspoiled location!