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 guides in Yangon, Bagan, and Kalaw / Lake Inle were wonderful. They struck the right balance of explaining the history and importance of the sights we were seeing without over-doing it, they knew where to get the best view/experience at what time and could rearrange experiences so we got the most out of them. A standout was our guide in Kalaw / trek / Lake Inle. He was as keen to learn from us as he was to teach us, he bent over backwards to make sure we were happy and comfortable, and he was just plain fun too!