Balloons Over Bagan – A Glorious Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

One of the must do experiences in Bagan, Myanmar (if you can afford it) is to take a hot air balloon flight over the temples which were built during the 9th to 13th Centuries. In the dawns early light, balloons started to take flight. I was lucky to be in one of the first to take off, so it made for an impressive sight looking down at the field below covered in so many balloons!

Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar 2018
This hot air balloon flight was truly underway over Bagan, Myanmar early in the morning of February 9th, 2018

Seeing the sun rise over the mountains, the temples of Bagan and other hot air balloons from high above was incredible! Taking in that view was a great way to kick off the day!

Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Here comes the sun!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Watching the sunrise from up high with Balloons Over Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Briefly another balloon was above us following the pre dawn lift off with Balloons Over Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Higher and higher
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
The other balloons start to rise above Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Burn that propane gas!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Well worth the 5am start!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Sunrise and the temples of Bagan – joy!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
High above the temples of Bagan in Myanmar

As you are floating about up there, at the mercy of the wind, it is so peaceful. You soon forget that there is nothing to restrain you, just look over the edge of that wicker basket and enjoy the breath-taking view of the temples, the other hot air balloons and the countryside below you!

Balloons Over Bagan
Drifting upwards – That’s me on the far left – Photo courtesy of Balloons Over Bagan (February 2018)
Balloons Over Bagan
What a view! Photo courtesy of Balloons Over Bagan (February 2018)
Balloons Over Bagan
One happy group of passengers! Photo courtesy of Balloons Over Bagan (February 2018)
Balloons Over Bagan
The heat from the propane gas burner was intense! Photo courtesy of Balloons Over Bagan (February 2018)

When ballooning first started at Bagan, there was just one company and a handful of balloons. As the popularity of visiting Myanmar has significantly increased, so have the balloons. Today there are at least 3 companies operating with many hot air balloons at Bagan! Despite this, it never felt too crowded up there and it was cool to see them all flying at once.

Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
So many balloons!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Quite a sight!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Drifting high above Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
One of the many Balloons Over Bagan in February 2018
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Balloons Over Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
A grand view of the grand temples of Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
What a morning!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Images like this make me reminisce and smile about the hot air ballooning experience over Bagan in February 2018
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Looking across the temple scape of Bagan from high above
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
One of the many temple complexes in Bagan
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
The 12th Century Dhammayazika pagoda which I had explored on foot the day before
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
High over the 12th Century Dhammayazika pagoda
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
On top of the world!
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Embrace the sun
Sunrise Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Fly high as an eagle

The final stage of this flight will feature in my next post. What goes up, must come down!

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