Above and Be­yond

A hot air bal­loon ride al­lows you to es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of ev­ery­day life and get away from it all. Mov­ing with the wind, the bal­loon will fly ef­fort­lessly through the air, pro­vid­ing you with supreme - un­for­get­table views of the world below.

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Hot air bal­loon­ing ex­pe­ri­ence sure has to be on ev­ery­one’s bucket list nowa­days, es­pe­cially for ev­ery sky ven­ture lover out there, imag­ine soar­ing through the blue sky in total peace and tran­quil­lity while you en­joy an un­par­al­leled view of the Earth’ sur­face below. There are sev­eral places that claim to be the best to revel in a 360-de­gree view of Earth’s most scenic land­scaped, hov­er­ing high and low on a thrilling hot-air bal­loon ride. A few of them are the Serengeti Na­tional Park in Tan­za­nia, Maa­sai Mara Na­tional Re­serve in Kenya, Cap­pado­cia in Turkey, Napa Valley in Cal­i­for­nia, Al­bu­querque in Mex­ico, Queen­stown in New Zealand, Chateau-d’Oex in Switzer­land and the Ata­cama Desert in Chile. But one of the ris­ing lo­ca­tions in the in­dus­try is in Myan­mar, thanks to the slow eco­nomic growth in this coun­try which has con­trib­uted to the preser­va­tion of much of its en­vi­ron­ment and ecosys­tems. Nu­mer­ous parks and lakes, beau­ti­ful tem­ples, and pago­das, and also dense forests and di­verse an­i­mals (including over 800 species of birds) of­fers re­mark­able scenery from above. Shan state is one of Myan­mar’s most beau­ti­ful and cul­tur­ally di­verse area; the hot air bal­loon will take you to the most stun­ning sites of Inle Lake and Pin­daya in a style and man­ner rem­i­nis­cent of the great days of lux­ury travel. You will see the morn­ing fish­er­men fish­ing for the first catch of the day at Inle Lake, and boats laden with pro­duce on their way to the mar­ket by the im­mense labyrinth of canals. At higher al­ti­tude, you will be amazed to see thou­sands of vil­lage houses seem­ingly float­ing on the lake. Rem­i­nis­cent of the rolling hills of Tus­cany, Pin­daya is set against some of the high­est Shan Moun­tains, and it is a delight to see from the air. The bal­loon will fly along the moun­tain valley, pass­ing tiny Shan ham­lets and hill­top pago­das, oc­ca­sion­ally swoop­ing down to the delight of vil­lagers who have never seen a hot air bal­loon be­fore, while the fields are awash with colour, with swathes of green and yel­low against bril­liant blue skies. Site see­ing on a bal­loon is a true oneof-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence, al­low­ing you to ven­ture off the beaten path and gain a unique per­spec­tive of the coun­try and its peo­ple. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.bal­loonsoverba­gan.com.

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