5 Top Hot Air Balloon Rides for a Lifetime Experience

You get a different perspective of a place from the air.Few places look stunning and magically transforms when seen from the Top.
Hot Air Balloon Ride is the perfect way way to see these places and create a memories of a lifetime experience. A hot air balloon is propelled by as the name suggests by making the air hot by burning gasoline.Its pure physics hot air is lighter than normal air and when its trapped in a balloon it makes the balloon fly.

Few Important things before you take the first Hot Air Balloon Flight of your life :

  • Hot Air balloon flight is done in the morning when the wind speeds are low , hence be ready to wake up at very early around 4am-4:30am.The first light of sunrise is the best time to take a flight
  • Hot air balloon ride requires wind speeds lower than 10-12km/hr. Keep a check on the weather report before booking the Hot Air balloon flight. Be ready for sudden flight cancellation as its highly depended on weather
  • Schedule your flight at the beginning of your vacation. Learning from my experience, you never know what the weather is going to do, so scheduling in the beginning of your trip gives you time to reschedule if you need to.
  • Before booking a flight ensure that the Hot Air Balloon flight company is a reputed one and they have flying experience of atleast 5 years and also check whether the pilots are certified or not
  • Understand how many people will be there in the balloon basket. The more are the people the larger is the basket and hence more stable is the balloon.
  • Don't carry any thing which might hang from your body during the flight 
  • Last by not the least check with the company whether they offer refund of your money if the flight is cancelled.This is important as Hot Air Balloon flight is highly depended on weather and flight cancellation is very common 
  • Remember no two flight routes are same as hot air balloon's path depends on the wind direction so you are having an unqiue experience which can't be repeated. 
5 Top Places to take Hot Air Balloon Flight

If you are planning to travel to any of the below places don't miss to take a Hot Air Balloon flight.It will leave you with lifetime of memories.
The below 5 places are not in any order and a list of top 5 places.

1. Bagan, Myanmar

One of the most beautiful places to do a Hot Air Balloon ride is in Bagan,Myanmar. As you fly over the buddhist temples you will be spell bound by the beautiful scene below.There are more than 3000 buddhist temples in Bagan hence Hot Air balloon flight is the only way you can see most of these temples at one glance.

Cost : Hot Air Balloon flight is costly here. Be ready to pay $320+ for a 40-50 minutes ride. Since there are not a lot of Balloon companies here you need to book atleast 3-4 days prior.


2. Cappadocia , Turkey

Cappadocia is one of the nest places to do Hot Air Balloon flights.The landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards.Its a beautiful sight to which will keep you mesmerized for 1 hour of your flight time.

Cost : Its one the best and one of the cheapest places to fly Hot Air Balloon.It will cost you EUR100+ to maximum of EUR 130 for 45 minutes of ride time. If you bargain you can get the same fly at EUR90 , however ensure the Hot Air Balloon is of reputed company.


3. Serengeti , Tanzania

Not all Safaris require a four wheel drive , few safari require a Hot air balloon. Doing a Hot Air Balloon flight in Serengeti is a romantic affair close to the nature.You fly over many lions, giraffes & wild beest. If you are lucky you can see hunting lions while flying in Hot Air Balloon and that leaves you with a National geographic moment for life.

Cost : Hot air balloon flight over the majestic Serengeti is not for people on shoestring budget.You will spend atleast $500 to do a 1 hour ride which includes champagne,breakfast and a certificate.

4. Luxor , Egypt

See ancient Luxor from a different angle. Imagine drifting silently over temples, not only seeing ancient sites and ruins but also villages waking up in the early morning sun. Sail through the air over sugar cane fields and temples. See desert land and the Nile in the distance. See if you can spot Medinet Habu, the Ramesseum, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon or maybe have a conversation with the locals as you drift a few metres from their rooftops. 

Cost : The cost is relatively much cheaper than other places. You have to pay approx $100 for a 45mins-1 hour Balloon ride.

5. Loire Valley , France

The Loire Valley is one of world's & France's major hot air balloon areas.Hot Air balloon ride is arguably the best way to take in the breathtaking views of the region. In the hot air balloon, you will float past castles such as Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Amboise. You will also fly by beautiful vineyards and amazing landscapes.

Cost : You have to pay EUR140-170 per person for a 45 minutes to 1 hour ride.


Other than these there are many places in the world where you can take a hot air balloon flight.If you have some unique experiences then don't forget to share with shoestringtravel.

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