This remote tour will take you to new heights.

Up, up and away in Myanmar with new balloon ride

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Maiden flight of Balloons Over Loikaw, 5 January 2019
Maiden flight of Balloons Over Loikaw earlier this month.
Hot-air balloons carry up to eight passengers

Balloon Over Loikaw becomes the fourth option offered by the adventure tour operator, following successes in Bagan, Inle Lake and a two-day “balloon safari” in Shan State. 

Myanmar’s Balloons Over Bagan has lifted to new horizons with the launch of a hot-air balloon flight in the remote ethnic region of Kayah State.

Balloon Over Loikaw becomes the fourth option offered by the adventure tour operator, following successes in Bagan, Inle Lake and a two-day “balloon safari” in Shan State. 

Loikaw is situated on a 3,000-foot plateau in eastern Myanmar and is surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. It is home to 10 ethnic groups including the Kayan, whose “long-necked” women are famed for the brass coils around their necks and colourful traditional costumes.

Loikaw’s hot-air balloon rides take off at sunrise on a daily basis throughout the year and can carry six to eight passengers per flight, which lasts one to two hours. 

Powered by liquid petroleum gas, the balloons soar to maximum altitudes of 10,000 feet. Most of the pilots and technicians are UK-trained while the remainder are Australian, Canadian, and Spanish licence holders. All flights are comprehensively insured.

“With its pagoda-topped hills, mountain ranges and beautiful valleys dotted with farms and villages, Loikaw was a natural choice for our next venture,” said Balloons Over Bagan general manager Tun Thura. 

“You can imagine the astonished faces of farmers working in their fields when our balloons come gliding by. Everyone comes out to see. The children run after us, laughing and waving. It’s heart-warming; it’s exciting; it’s a once in a lifetime experience.”

In addition to daily flights from Yangon to Loikaw on national carrier MNA and Air Kanbawza, in December Air Kanbawza announced a new service – thrice weekly flights between Loikaw and Heho Airport (close to popular tourist destination Inle Lake).

Flights cost US$300 per person. Private charters for groups up to eight persons can also be requested. 

For bookings and enquiries, go to www.balloonsoverbagan.com or email [email protected]


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