Had an amazing time with Oriental Ballooning! If this is your first time trying hot air balloon, oriental ballooning won't disappoint you
Sophia Czy, 12 March
Had the ballon tour over Bagan...and what a crew and skills involved in the group. Pete took over. And i feelt perfeclty safe with our Captein at all the time. Can Absolutley reccomend the tour with Oriental balloning. They know how to fly
Andreas Skauen, 12 Feb
Had a balloon tour Christmas morning and it was absolutely top class and beautiful. Worth every penny. Beautifully, beautiful and beautiful. Can't recommend enough. Piers was superb and I felt confident and in safe, experienced hands. A true delight all round.
Martin Cockram, 25 Dec
Feel fortunate we were able to include this as part of our trip to Bagan. Our pilot Pete couldn't have been better and everything about booking a balloon trip with Oriental Ballooning was great! Thank you to everyone that made it a memorable experience.
Trevor Sheldon, 16 Feb
Thank you so much for the perfect ballooning..It's was such a great day....Matt,Really Skillful, patient and Happy Pilot, Skillful employees make our day perfect! Thank you Oriental....You did the Best!
Mozart Phyoe, 15 Feb
Trip Advisor Posts (Bagan)
The best part of our Visit!!!
Reviewed April 24, 2018
The best part of our trip to Myanmar was our ballooning experience.
The crew picked us up at 5:45am and drove us to the spot. There were tables laid out with pastries and cereal, coffee and tea. They gave us a brief rundown of the activity and off we went.
The scenery is just mind blowing and I'm glad I chose to do it over Bagan because the pagodas in the morning light looks amazing.
Our pilot was Mr. Ravi and he is just so knowledgeable. He explained a lot about the pagodas and the landing was really good unlike my previous ballooning experience in Dubai. When we landed we popped champagne and were given free caps and fridge magnets :)
Great Experience and Amazing View!!!
Reviewed April 8, 2018
What an experience and probably the best way to get a feeling and impression about how beautiful Bagan is. Oriental Ballooning is a very professional company and our pilot Matt did a really great job. Smooth trip and very soft landing. This is something you really need to do when visiting Bagan!
Reviewed March 17, 2018
Our pilot, Richard, obviously enjoys his job and treated us great. We are picked up at the hotel and greeted at the balloon park with coffee, tea and rolls. After the initial takeoff, the ride is soft and gentle, and the view out over Bagan in the early morning is spectacular ! After landing, champagne is served ! Yes, it is expensive, but don't worry about cost...it's worth the money !
Reviewed March 10, 2018
This was the highlight of our trip to Myanmar. It was a truly incredible experience flying over all the temples at sunrise. The whole experience was organised perfectly. We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the launch site where we were given tea/coffee and muffins. I felt in very safe hands as our pilot had been flying for 27 years and was fully accredited. He was knowledgable about the area and it was really interesting hearing about his balloon flying experiences. The view was amazing and our pilot turned the balloon throughout the trip so you got to see everything. Landing was very smooth and we were given champagne and fresh fruit and taken back to our hotels. I think this is a must do activity for anyone visiting Bagan.
A great adventure
Reviewed November 22, 2017
Best thing I’ve done in years. Our ballon Operator, Chris was fantastic. Only way to see and appreciate Bagan’s 2,300 pagodas. The whole experience was great, gets 5+ stars from me.
Magnificent professional trip
Reviewed November 25, 2017
I have never been in a ballon before so making a comparison is difficult, however this was a wonderful experience. We were collected from our river boat by the company at exactly the agreed time, transferred to the take off site assigned to a table with the other occupants of our balloon and given coffee and breakfast snacks.
The waiting time was very short before the pilot Pete turned up and introduced himself, like most of the pilots, if not all he was English and there is something reassuring about being taken on a flight over the magnificent temples by a fellow Yorkshireman
The safety briefing was efficient and unfussy and without too much delay the flight took place. The whole experience was magical and we were kept informed of where we were by the pilot.
The landing was soft.
It seems that these balloons carried slightly less passengers that some of their rivals and I think that is a benefit.
Three different companies were flying from the same location and all interacted well together but I would recommend this highly
Don't miss a flight over Bagan with them!!! Incredible experience!!!
Reviewed November 19, 2017
This hot air balloon flight was my birthday gift this year and I can easily say that I couldn't have received anything better!!
I'm a flight attendant and I was very curious to try this other way of flying.
I was picked up at 5 am from my hostel, then they took us to have breakfast in this field where the balloons were being prepared.
Breakfast was great by the way!
We met out pilot, Matt. He conducted a safety briefing, where he explained everything we had to do during take off and landing and repeated the instructions even during the flight. Everything was clear and immediately felt much safer!
The flight itself is an amazing experience! It's so calm and beautiful! There were 21 balloons in the sky at the same time and we could see all the beautiful Bagan temples..There were only 8 people in the balloon, the perfect number! It was quiet and not overcrowded. LAnding was very smooth and we celebrated then with some champagne and receiving our diploma!
It's an incredible experience and Oriental Ballooning is great! I wish I could do some other flights in Myanmar with them!
From A to Z, WONDERFUL flight over BAGAN !
Reviewed December 11, 2017
From the pick up at the hotel until the come back to my room 3-4 hours later, everything was perfect ! We were 8 people in the basket which is quite a good size to feel secure and confortable. Our 1 hour flight was amazing beautiful. The team of Oriental Ballooning was lead by Nic on that morning and he also was our pilot. He was highly professional giving us all the information about the security with a smart sense of humor.
Will remember for ever !
Thanks to all.
Reviewed December 31, 2017
What a great way to kick off NYE festivities - with a balloon ride over the temples of Bagan.
The service was first class all the way - from hotel pickup & drop off, early morning snacks, and a post ride champers & fruit. We felt completely safe with our excellent pilot Piers and the views were amazing.
It's a bit pricey but.. totally worth it!
Trip Advisor posts (Mandalay)
Top-notch safe and competent British-trained and licernsed pilots
April 4, 2016
As a commercial pilot myself with more hours as pilot in command than many jetliner pilots, I know a good pilot when I see one. The pilot in our balloon, Nicholas Bates, who piloted our balloon is a top-notch pilot. His ground crew was similarly professional and competent. Overall, the ballooning experience in Myanmar was the highlight of our trip to that country. We highly recommend Oriental Ballooning to anyone.
A great way to fly!
December 23, 2016
Candle light breakfast and champagne refreshments to start and end the ride are just part of the premium service provided by the ground support crew.
The exhileration from the first flight on a hot air balloon at Mandalay comes from taking off from an airport runway, ascending to 3000 ft above ground, a real time 360 degree birds eye view of the Mandalay and its vicinity coupled guided tour by our professional pilot Chris, and landing among and interacting with the people of rural Mandalay.
Strongly recommend for anyone visiting Mandalay, particularly for the first day.
Mandalay balloon trip
January 6, 2016
We wanted Bagan of course which was fully booked but was amazingly surprised by the Mandalay balloon ride which was expertly piloted by Richard. The reason it was special was that we flew low over the waking city and all the monks, school kids, families and people in their houses waved at us and crowds gathered at take off and landing. Quite apart from the amazing views and the fact we hovered over the mysterious royal palace grounds for half an hour before landing near the jail on a golf course... Well worth the cost and early start!
Balloon flight over Mandalay
July 25, 2016
Amazing experience. The cool thing is every flight is different because the air currents are always changing. Donna Marie was a great pilot. Totally recommend a balloon flight with them.
Two superb flights, Bagan & Mandalay
January 19, 2016
I flew in both Bagan and Mandalay and both the flights were extraordinary. Seeing the sunrise over the temple of Bagan is awe inspiring while there is no better way of seeing the Kuthodaw Paya in Mandalay.
Oriental Ballooning was great and the pilot, Donna was charming, friendly and knew her stuff. Can't wait to come back!
Trip Advisor posts (Inle)
Great Way to Appreciate Inle Lake
March 7, 2018
We chose the Inle Lake version of the Oriental Ballooning experience and we're really pleased we did. Bagan might be fun but I think there's more to see at Inle Lake. I understand the floating gardens and the stilt villages much better after viewing them from a few thousand feet up. The lake looks bigger from up there and the mountains are spectacular in the early morning light.Our pilot, Matt, carefully and patiently explained everything that would happen on the trip. He answered some quite detailed aeronautical questions with patience and humor.
This was a small group experience -- 6 passengers plus the pilot. I understand that some flights from Bagan take more than 12. The smaller group allowed for better interaction with the pilot and probably better viewing.
The landing was fun. The pilot was able to show off his skills by playing the winds to circle the landing area. Once on the ground we were greeted by a troop of village children who were curious about the balloon and its strange looking passengers who ended up in a field only to sip champagne.
The balloon ride was over an hour (more than the 45 minutes advertised). With the boat rides to the take off spot and from the landing spot the entire tour consumed over 3 hours.
Amazing flight over a special place
January 14, 2018
I had a great flight with this company in Bagan so I decided to try Inle Lake and I am so glad that I was able to experience 2 very different ballooning sites. Compared to Bagan, there was so much more to look at over the villages on the lake and even though I like flying low to see everything, I enjoyed the thrill of going up to 8,000 feet over the clouds. From the moment the crew picked me up at my resort, I felt safe and assisted. I was lucky to fly with the very experienced pilot Bill, who gave excellent commentary and answered my many questions. I am glad that I chose this company and to fly in two places in Myanmar. As a disabled traveler, I felt like I was in good hands- they made sure I was comfortable and assisted me in getting in via a tipped basket and climbing out over the top- I think if I can do it, anyone can.
October 21, 2017
First ever balloon flight for my wife and I, it was an unforgettable experience. The views across the lake and mountains were spectacular. Great experience and great pilot, Donna - would highly recommend for anyone who wants to splash out whilst on holiday
The magic of flying!
March 3, 2018
Amazing and unforgettable experience! We flew over Inle Lake on February 2018.
Very beautiful to see the lake, the mountain and the small villages from 10000 feet!!!
We also had the opportunity to try an emergency and exciting landing on a small couple of boats over the lake!
We want to say thank you, the best experience ever!!
Everybody was so professional, especially our Pilot Matt Wady.
Wonderful way to see the lake
Wonderful way to see the lake
December 7, 2017
A wonderful experience and a great way to see the lake, the floating gardens, the villages and surrounding scenery. The company was highly professional with a seamless operation from the moment we were picked up and dropped back to our accommodation. The pilot, Bill, made sure we had a safe flight and was very informative in pointing out the various sights and points of interest.
Highly recommended as a must do when visiting Inle Lake
Trip Advisor posts (Ngapali)
February 16, 2018
Ballooning had been on my to-do list for a long time and now we want to do it again! Fantastic experience. Bill was very nice, knowledgeable and happy to share stories and experiences.
Weather (outside their control) was great and we saw a beautiful sunrise.... twice! Lovely to fly over the markets and river.
Well worth the money and getting up early for!!
February 12, 2018
If you haven't done an oriental ballooning trip when in Myanmar, it seems like you haven't been in Myanmar. After our ride had been postponed several times due to the nasty weather, we were quite lucky to finally be able to go on board on our last day.
If you think Ngapali is nice as it is, you really need to explore it from a bird's eye view. It was breathtaking and an unforgettable experience. Allie, our pilot, was super lovely and knowledgeable, feeding us with information all along the trip - both about the techniques she was using to go up and down as well as of the beautiful surroundings.
Worth every single penny, the long wait and getting up quite early. Definitely a must do if you are in Ngapali.
Incredible Ballooning Tour (for people affright of heights, too)
January 6, 2018
This tour is absolute amazing. The balloon tour itself is breath taking; starting around Sunrise you'll have a good view over the far stretched valley and the fog coming up in between the hills as well as the ocean and the surrounding mountains. But it's not only the ride, Allie and her team are more the care taking for the group, starting with the friendly driver, the nice little breakfast before take off, her knowledge for the area as well as the nice after flight snack. One of our group was a little frighten by heights, but Allie took very good care of her and even bought her a little bottle of rum. At the end we climbed up to 3'000 ft. and it was no problem at all.
So don't be scared and join one of her tours. You'll never regret this :)
If you do nothing else, do this!
December 25, 2017
There are plenty of ballooning companies and, if like me you search TripAdvisor, you'll come across this one. In short, this is stunningly breath-taking. Don't miss it - it will be in your top 10 life experiences.
Your pilot, Allie, is great - full of enthusiasm, knowledge and wholly professional. I am afraid of heights but the balloon ride is easier than climbing a ladder. Don't miss out. The balloon ride itself zig-zagged us across Thandwe : over local markets, houses, the river and pagodas. We got some great photos as the mist burned off the river and jungle, plus more sent through to us afterwards by Allie. Her crew were great, serving us freshly brewed coffee and pastries before we flew and then sparkling wine and fruit after we landed close to young kids who ran and greeted us like Gods from the skies. Truly memorable.
A couple of tips : wear a hoodie/jumper as pre-dawn is chilly, don't worry about bringing a baseball cap to protect your head from the burner's heat (you get given a natty Oriental Ballooning cap as a keepsake) and don't think you need a snazzy phone - photos from your smartphone are fine and Allie will email you some she takes too.
My best advice? Do this and tick it off your bucket list. And do it with Allie and Oriental Ballooning - they are fab and the competition can't possibly be better.
Sunrise from above - Thandwe
November 17, 2017
At first I was booked for the hot air balloon experience in Bagan, but because of bad weather it was cancelled. Then I tried at Inle Lake, but they were fully booked. Wasnt too sure about doing this at Thandwe, but at the end it turned out to be such a wonderful experience. It was beautiful! And some people that were on the hot air balloon mentioned they also did it in Bagan and that it was way better at Thandwe. I recommend this 100%!!! Great experience!