Ravi was such a great pilot and instructor; he was very knowledgeable about the history of the temples and got us a safe landing and gentle ride. Highly recommend!
Meilyn Reyes, 20 March
The best experience I ever had. This place is like fairy tale and when you flowting above pagodas, it touch your heart and take your breath away. It’s like dream but real... Professional enthusiastic pilots and fantastic service, higly recommended!!!
Alexandra Kropp , 20 Oct
From the moment we were picked up (5.15am’ish) from the hotel, we knew we were in safe hands. The team was super organized and efficient... even going above and beyond to discretely aid an elderly passenger to and from the balloon. We were welcomed with an early morning continental breakfast before being taken through a safety briefing with our pilot, Matt. The take-off and landing were smooth. The views were breathtaking! On arrival, we were welcomed back to terra-firma with a champagne reception, fruit and a certificate! Our only concern was the amount of flammable hair gel that Matt was wearing whilst piloting the balloon... lol.
Beth Abbott, 29 Nov
Great experience this morning! Very professional & smooth. Crew is hard working & makes it all look so easy (I’m sure it’s not). Our excellent pilot Richard ensured we had an enjoyable ride! Nice touches include the coffee & croissants preflight & champagne , orange juice & fruit post flight. Nice goodie bag was given at the end as well. All in all an enjoyable experience.
Sharon McKinnon, 11 Feb
After enjoying our ballooning over Bagan we booked again for Inle Lake. Completely different and wonderful. Pilot Nick was very skilled as was his team. Very calm morning so they did a practise landing on the boat platform. We loved this extra. Then up to nearly 10000 ft. Great seeing the gardens from the air instead of the water - wonderful perspective. Then due to lack of wind we did a landing fof real on the boats. Nick & the team were so proficient. What a bonus for us and no extra charge.
Heather Johnson, 24 Nov
Quelle expérience. Il faut vivre ça au moins une fois et Bagan est l’endroit idéal. Ils sont super pro. Une organisation exceptionnelle. Bref un moment inoubliable qu’ils vont vous faire apprécier au maximum.
Bruno Devouge, 14 Feb
Trip Advisor Posts (Bagan)
Volo ottimo e panorama eccellente
Reviewed 5 April
Non era il mio primo volo in mongolfiera. Ho trovato il personale molto prerparato e ben organizzato. Il nostro pilota era Pier, è stato molto attento e premuroso soprattutto con le persone che non avevano mai volato in mongolfiera. Era solo rammaricato perchè a causa delle correnti non ottimali, non poteva salire più in alto, ma conumque l'esperienza di volo in mongolfera resta unica. Nota molto positiva: si possono scaricare dal sito le foto scattate in volo...molto bello e molto apprezzati i gadget che ci hanno regalato
Sunrise ballooning with Lea
Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile
The whole experience was great ! We were picked from hotel and had a coffee/ tea and pastries while watching balloons being set. My group was lucky - we have got the only women pilot Lea !!! The instructions were given and then off we go ! Balloons never fail to provide the trill, the view, the fresh air. Lea also covered some temple names. Baskets were much more convenient than those I had in Cambodia, we could see everything without stepping on each other toes. And at the end the sparkling wine, certificates and souvenirs added to the positive vibes.
Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile
A must-visit attraction in Southeast Asia. Our pilot Johnny was personable and masterful at his craft. A perfect touch down on the sand bar.
The sights are some of the most incredible that I have ever seen. A seriously once in a lifetime experience - well worth the $$.
Sunrise Ballooning in Bagan
Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile
This was my wife's and my first time hot air ballooning and it was a fantastic experience. We used a company, Oriental Ballooning, suggested by our TravelMarvel tour director and they certainly exceeded my expectations. Safety was the key factor to the point where they cancelled on the first occasion due to unfavourable winds. Luckily we had a second chance the following morning which we grabbed. Our pilot, Richard, did a wonderful job and so I'm here to talk about it. We were picked up from our boat, transported to the take off area where had a coffee, briefed and we were ready to go before sunrise. An hour later after an excellent landing on the dry river bed we had had the experience of a life time. A celebration with Champers and a drive back to our river cruise boat. We took some excellent photos of temples from an angle not available to most.
Oriental Ballooning also took some photos of us in the balloon which they posted on their website so we were are able to download them free of charge. It isn't the cheapest thing you will ever do but if you get to Bagan make sure you take a sunrise balloon flight.
Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile
Pilotin Princess Lea hat uns die schönste Ballonfahrt der Saison beschert! Einmaliges Erlebnis, wunderschöner Ausblick auf die einmalige Kulisse! Erstklassig organisiert, Equipment top Zustand, professionelle Leitung! Danke!
Endless flight - awesome
Reviewed March 29, 2019 via mobile
'It’s not every day that you fly in a hot air balloon at dawn over thousands of pagodas and have campaign on a sandbank.' (Beautiful summary by our pilot Ravi)
We had a great flight from the launch site south of New Bagan all the way past Shwezigon Pagoda (over 1.5h flight time).
Ravi was an excellent pilot finding just the right wind to carry us on a perfect course over the archeological zone. He gave a lot of explanations and was quite entertaining. Furthermore, he kept the balloon rotating so everybody could see very well. Finally, despite passing over the designated landing zone, Ravi took us further, directly over Shwezigon Pagoda. Perfect.
Trip Advisor posts (Mandalay)
January 6, 2019
Our family of 4 took the sunrise balloon tour on Christmas morning and what a treat it was! One of the most wonderful experiences we've ever had! It was magical to float up over Bagan, looking down at the beautiful expanse of temples below in the early morning mist and light! It was a pricey activity for the four of us but well worth every penny. The crew at Oriental Ballooning were great! Prompt pickup, they had prepared for us a picnic breakfast (croissant, biscuits, juice, coffee and tea) over lamp light before sunrise, safety debriefing before balloons were fired up then off we went! Upon landing back on ground, we were served champagne or juice and given certificates and a little souvenir. Really loved this!
January 6, 2019
I was very reluctant to take this flight - not because of the flying , but because I have arthritis in my knees and was worried about climbing in and out of the basket ( more about that in a moment!)
I did have a little difficulty climbing in but I am so glad that I did , because this flight was one of the most exhilarating experiences that I have ever had .
Takeoff was gentle and uneventful and was followed by a gentle ascent to 2000 feet above the glorious temples and striped fields that were being crafted by solitary farmers steering pairs of pure white oxen , keen to complete their task before a chilly sunrise transformed into the stifling heat of the new day.( don’t forget to take a warm jacket because it is cold early in the morning)
Our basket seemed fragile as it dangled precariously below little more than a large bag of warm air heated by a propane burner’s naked flame, yet the mood was one of awe and serenity amongst our excited team. We were sharing the sky with 17 other balloons - a flotilla of airborne adventurers!
The landing was not eagerly anticipated and, as we sat on our little seats , hanging on to the handles , in the brace position I did wonder how bone rattling hitting the ground was going to be !
In fact , we landed gracefully and gently at the exact place that we had left from - giving a strange sense of anticlimax and relief!
As I had anticipated , getting out of the balloon proved to be less graceful than our landing and I had to be dragged out by the hardworking ground crew ! Did I care ??
Trip Advisor posts (Inle)
March 9, 2019 via mobile
Went up with Chris and had the most amazing time of my trip. At all times we felt very safe and he could tell us lots of interesting things. The flight over Inle Lake is beautiful and seeing it from a Ballon makes for a unforgettable experience.
10/10. I had to safe the money and was very picky about where to spend it - this was worth it.
A flight to gaze at Inle Lake
January 23, 2019
I have been to Inle Lake so many times but only on two occasions was I able to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Inle Lake and it’s surroundin from a bird’s eye view. This simply means I took two hot air balloon rides with the Oriental Ballooning in Nyaungshwe. On both occasions, I was mesmerized by the areal views of Inle Lake, which are virtually different from what you can enjoy in any other ways. And I would like to say that it was worth every penny.
January 15, 2019 via mobile
We thought this balloon trip was expensive compared to British prices, but totally felt the price was justified. Amazing trip...
Highly recommend. Great way to see Inle Lake. From the pickup from the hotel (early), we were taken to the balloon. Hot tea/coffee and croissants served.
Safety explained (landing etc). Off we went. Amazing .......
After some spectacular views we landed and greeted with fizz. Perfect way to finish the morning.
Chris the pilot is from England and was fantastic. Great knowledge of Inle Lake, culture etc.
Excuse the poor picture quality... the camera takes better pics
January 5, 2019 via mobile
Bucket list checked: Once in a lifetime experience, the balloon ride is truely magical. It was so cool to see the balloon being inflated. There were 5 of us together: two German guys and a Thai guy. After a briefing, we were up in the air! Our pilot, Chris, explained that starting altitude at our launch site is 3000 feet above sea-level, and we fly up to 10,000 feet above sea level, much higher than hot air balloon flights in Bagan. The take-off, and the landing is all made part of the experience, and the pilot is very experienced. At landing we had some champagne (Yes, 8 in the morning!) The perfect ending for a perfect morning! Thanks to my gym bestie @nanthet81 for joining this expensive venture with me but worth every single kyat. My first ever hot air balloon flight and couldn’t have liked it any better!
The only way to see Inle!
January 5, 2019
Ballooning over Bagan and Inle are two totally different experiences.
Whilst the view of temples in Bagan offer an amazing vista, we found the experience over Inle to be even more spectacular.
Flying much higher than Bagan, the Inle balloon ride really gave as an appreciation of the vast scale of the floating villages and size of Inle lake surrounded by the mountains.
Many thanks to Jonny and the crew for an amazing experience (especially the warm blanket on the boat ride in!).
December 8, 2018 via mobile
This has been our first ever hot air balloon flight and couldn’t have liked it any better!
It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. They picked us up very early in the morning and gave us a boat ride at sunrise to get to the launching area. There we had some
Coffee/tea and pastries and while the balloon was being inflated which is pretty cool to see! After a briefing we were up in the air!
The views are just incredible! Inle is gorgeous from the above! The flight was very smooth and the pilot, Jonny, was great!
At landing we had some Champaign, juice and fruits. The perfect ending for a perfect morning!
Totally loved it and looking forward flying again!
May 1, 2018
We flew on a beautiful morning in February. Our pilot was cheerful and patient and happily answered some detailed aeronautical questions from a passenger. Along the way he explained that we would fly up to more than 8,000 feet; much higher than the company's balloons fly in Bagan. He noted that our starting point on the ground was close to the maximum altitude of the Bagan balloons. The trip gave us a great perspective on Inle Lake including its size, its surrounding mountains and, especially, the floating gardens. They're more extensive than they seem from the water. As a bonus, the scheduled 45 minute trip lasted a little more than an hour. All in all, very well worth the early morning start.
Trip Advisor posts (Ngapali)
One of our highlights of our Myanmar journey
April 7, 2019
A M A Z I N G! We loved every second of the ballooning. Our pilot Mr. Ravi was very experienced and safe pilot. We felt secure at all time. He also had the English humour which we really love. Thank you Mr. Ravi and your team for this experience. This will not be the last time we are ballooning.
Floating in Paradise
March 20, 2019 via mobile
As we were in Ngapali celebrating our 30th Anniversary we decided to experience our first hot air balloon flight, a wonderful adventure.
The day started with a 05:30 pickup and a 30 minute journey to a remote, rural location were we met our very pleasant and experienced pilot Ravi.
On arrival Ravi gave the four of us a thorough safety review advising all necessary information to ensure our experience was safe and enjoyable.
We had coffee and croissants, juice and fruit as the 12 man team prepared the balloon for lift off. As the sun was just rising we boarded the balloon basket and rose steadily into the the calm sky along with the bright sun.
Ravi controlled our voyage effortlessly as he explained the operation and the details of the coming journey. We silently, other that the release of the burners to assist our movement, followed the route of the river and had an amazing vista of the mist covered valleys was such a wonderful experience.
The flight lasted approximately one hour and finished as we gently landed on the local town football pitch, again supported by a great 12 man squad.
We finished with a very cold Champagne toast as Ravi explained the tradition of the toast. Being an Anniversary celebration I was more than happy to help out with the toast.
If you have the opportunity don’t miss it.
Amazing Experience - One you'll never forget!
February 19, 2019
We took a balloon ride over Ngapali during our time in Myanmar in early February 2019. At first, when I booked the flight, I think my boyfriend was half on the fence about it. Afterwards, I think it ended up being the highlight of both his and my trip! Allie was absolutely fantastic in every sense - she was super knowledge, extremely friendly and just a down right awesome person. We completely lucked out having her as our pilot - she was perfect. Upon arrival to the launch site, they had tea, coffee and croissants waiting for us. And upon landing, we were treated to champagne. Although due to the lack of winds, we weren't able to fly over the jungle, we landed right outside a small village and were treated to the entire village running out to meet us! Before we knew it, children were being placed in the basket, pictures were being taken and even the monk came out to see what the fuss was all about. It was truly an unforgettable experience. Thank you, Oriental Ballooning and Allie for giving us such a memorable experience!
Most amazing experience
February 8, 2019 via mobile
We would highly recommend a balloon ride with Allie. Floating over the beautiful Ngapali countryside - rivers, forests and villages as the world starts to wake up. We were so close to villagers we could talk to them and then ascending over the forest admiring the stunning scenery. The children of the villages were a delight as they ran out to watch. Allie and her team are amazing - not only is Allie
A fantastic pilot but she is a really genuine lovely person -‘wonder woman’ as we called her. We were also lucky to share our experience with Thine and her assistant and one of the old people’s home residents. We had met Allie the day before at the Ngapali Elephants Sanctuary- another amazing place to visit - a fortunate encounter.
Worth every penny
January 25, 2019
It’s very hard to describe how it feels to float, almost silently, at tree top height with an experienced piolt over unspoilt, stunning, misty land. I can only say I’m so glad I did it. The view of the sunrise and the mist over the river. This being Myanmar, the pilot was hugely professional and her team efficiently inflated and deflated the balloon. Watching the morning unravel underneath us was enchanting. I’m so glad I went!
2nd time flying over Thandwe & it was FANTASTIC
January 23, 2019
This is a MUST when you are on holiday in Ngapali. You are picked up and driven to a place outside Thandwe, where you are given coffee, tea, croissants etc., whilst watching the balloon being inflated. As the balloon goes up it is so smooth, you feel like you are floating in the air very slowly, and it is wonderful to see the tropical birds fly out of the tree tops, whilst watching the sunrise over the hills and see the mist coming up from the river. It is truly magical. At the end you slowly descend and on climbing out of the balloon are given a glass of champagne. For sure I will be going again.
EPIC FLIGHT AROUND NGAPALI - ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST!!!!
January 14, 2019
Flight with hot air balloon specially with Allie - the pilot of OB is just breathtaking, she knows every single piece of this land, many stories and Burmese history, your feel the bliss to be in the air very safe and mostly speechless how pristine and natural this area still is. Heaven on Earth. Highly recommended. Don't miss it!!! Spoilt yourself and just enjoy it, sky is the limit:-))). You will be delighted by what you saw and experienced long time after...