This may be your first time buying a balloon ride, you may have no idea where to start, what to look for, or even what questions to ask. Take a few minutes to read this information to become a confident buyer.
A balloon ride is a highlight of Myanmar, and a once in a lifetime experience for most passengers. Given that fact, it is imperative that you identify/consider the following items to provide that experience.
- A competent and reliable company (aka. company background)
- Size of basket
Balloon Company Background
These are official information provided by each balloon operator. The operators are in alphabetical order.
Balloons over Bagan (BOB) – was founded in 1999. Chief Inspector Crispin Williams has almost 40 years experience in the world of ballooning. Chief Pilot Bart D’Hooge is a Belgian National who graduated from the University of Ghent in Management. All pilots are selected on the basis of their extensive flying experience and clean safety records.
Golden Eagle Ballooning (GE) – is a subsidiary of Golden Express Tours, which is the first balloon tour operator in Myanmar since 1999. GEB’s balloons are manufactured by Ultramagic from Spain – one of the best and well-known balloon manufacturers in the world and approved by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The insurance is comprehensively covered by Lloyd from United Kingdom for both third parties and the passengers. The company has three Swiss pilots and one Spanish Chief pilot, one Spanish examiner and inspector, one Swiss maintenance manager, two local operation managers, and 25 local ground crews for the operations.
Oriental Ballooning – was founded in 2013 and is a syndicate of leading professionals from the hotel and tourism industry. All pilots have a commercial UK balloon licence and many years of flying experience. Some of the pilots have lived and worked in Burma for many years and are happy to share their insight knowledge with you during the flight. Most of our pilots speak at least a couple of foreign languages like French and German but some will also be able to communicate with you in Spanish, Chinese or Japanese.
Balloon Basket Size
Friendlier staffs will make you feel more personal and less like we were just a bunch of cattle as they raked in the cash. In addition, they are good with answering questions and make you feel comfortable asking them. Given all the safety features and company background, this is also an important feature to consider to enjoy every moment of the ride. It would give you a sweet memory.
This short video clip convey how the Bagan balloon ride would be like.