Balloons Over Bagan 1

I’ve never had the desire to ride in a hot air balloon and originally said no to the Ballons Over Bagan option during the planning of our trip. Debra and John opted out as well. Our travel agent highly recommended it so we reconsidered and signed on…….and I’m so glad we did!

We were picked up before sunrise at our hotel and taken to the launch site in a really cool refurbished antique bus.

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John ready to roll at o-dark-thirty.

After arriving at the launch site, we were briefed on passenger safety and then watched the crews inflate the balloons.imageimageSurprisingly to me, the baskets held seventeen people (16 passengers plus the pilot). Below, our pilot (Chris) blasts the burners and we climbed aboard soon after.imageAnd we’re off……imageThe flight was very peaceful and quiet, with the exception of occasional blasts from the burners.imageimageimageUp next: Flying over the stupas and pagodas.

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