Hot Air Balloon over Pindaya , Pindaya Myanmar, Lake Inle
In the Shan state of Myanmar (Burma) lies Pindaya, a lovely lakeside town known for its beauty and diversity in the landscape. Your experienced balloon pilot will steer the balloon to suit the weather conditions and to get the best possible views. The ascent is a highlight: you’ll rise up past the impressive natural Shwe Oo Min Cave with its thousands of golden Buddha statues nestled inside. Once you reach altitude, marvel at the Shan hills and settlements, see the tea, fruit and vegetable plantations and spot the tribal people wearing colourful garb. If your flight takes you to lower altitudes, you can greet the village children and spot the vendors selling their handicrafts at the colourful local markets. Once your hour above the earth comes to an end, enjoy some refreshments and fresh fruit on land.
[Our cruise] was excellent in every way and we had a memorable holiday. Terry our guide made the trip for us. I couldn't recommend [it] more highly, perfect in every way. Loved the informality of it all and the evening cocktails were delicious. Trips ashore clambering up the banks of the Irrawaddy into little villages were quite delightful and locals fascinated by us. Excellent mixed itinerary organised by our guide which took in all aspects of life.