Hot-air ballooning transport to launch in October

Hot -air ballooning transport will resume in October after a four-month suspension due to weather conditions, said an official from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Hot-air ballooning in Myanmar is a popular excursion for tourists and locals to enjoy the scenic beauty in places such as Bagan. The balloon can lift off only in clear weather. With rainy season coming to an end, hot-air ballooning can begin again. The course of the balloons depend on the wind direction that day. Pilots can control only the up-and-down movements of the balloon.

There are four companies engaged in hot-air ballooning transport, with a total of 32 hotair balloons. Prices of ballooning ranges from US$250 to US$380, it is learnt.

Hot-air balloons fly mostly above ancient Bagan, but sometimes above Inlay Lake, Monywa, Mandalay, Pakokku and Mawlamyine, it is learnt.

A hot air balloon ride is not a budget friendly experience, but most people consider it a once-ina- lifetime opportunity.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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