Photo: Sunrise over Bagan.

Balloon trips

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The popular hot air balloon trips over Bagan don’t come cheap, but that doesn’t stop them getting booked up well in advance during peak periods.

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Three companies offer the flights as of high season 2016/17: Balloons over Bagan, Golden Eagle and Oriental Ballooning. All seem to have similar rates of $380 per person for a premium package, while the two former operations also offer standard tours at a cheaper $320.

Tours include return transfers to your hotel, breakfast, champagne on landing and certificate. The premium package includes in-flight photos and video too. Standard balloons carry up to 12 passengers, but the premium have a maximum of eight. Times vary slightly from month to month, with the flights timed to coincide with sunrise. Generally pick-up will be around 05:00-05:30 and you’ll be back between 07:00 and 07:30 after a flight of an hour or so.

All three companies offer flights from October to March inclusive.

Golden Eagle Ballooning: Office is in Umbra Hotel, Wet Kyi Inn; T: (092) 5208 4232, (092) 5208 4242;;

Balloons over Bagan: Thiri Pyisayar St 5, Nyaung U (near Zfreeti Hotel); T: (061) 60713, (094) 4804 5716;;; open daily 09:00-20:00.

Oriental Ballooning: Lanmadaw Rd, Nyaung U; T: (092) 5050 5383, (092) 5910 0511;; open daily 09:00-20:00.

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