Bagan is the land of 10,000 temples. Everywhere you look, large and small houses of worship cover the dry, dusty landscape. Most of them no longer are actively used, but all hold the ancient architectural style of the region.
A great way to start the early morning is either watching or being in a hot air balloon. I’m not sure how the custom started, but it is a popular pastime. So popular, in fact, that there’s a new year’s eve version of the activity where fireworks are loaded onto a balloon and drop down over an open field.
If you want to view the Bagan temples from air, then the balloons may be a fascinating idea. I personally soon gave up after knowing the price. More than 200$ for less than an hour flight. I would even think of making this expense if I was 100% sure that you were able to fly over the temples, but this cannot be guarrantied because the route they follow depends on where the wind blows. Besides they usually fly very early in the morning and the atmosphere might be very misty.
To take an early-morning or sunset-ride with the hot-air-balloons is an experience, one never forgets!
The Balloon over Bagan service operates twice daily early in the morning just before sunrise and in the evening just before sunset between late October and April.
One can view the unique sight of the 11th century ruins as it has never been seen before. Floating over thousands year old pagodas and the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River gives you a feling of never-passing eternity
The balloons take usually 6-8 passengers, the ride lasts from 45-60 minutes.Before the early-morning start coffee,afterwards champagne is served.
The ride costs about USD 220,- and is definitely worth the money !!