Feel on top of the world when you take to the skies with a hot air balloon adventure in Asia

Take Flight #1: Inle Lake, Myanmar

At 220sqkm it’s safe to say that contemplating Inle Lake in its totality is an impossible task. However, to grasp the vastness of this beautiful lake there is nothing quite like hopping onto a hot air balloon and making for the skies. From the air, you can admire the region’s rolling scenery of lake, mountains, marshes, and stilt-house villages. To get a good feel of the region and its intriguing culture, be sure to couple your hot air balloon expedition with a lake cruise and meet the friendly locals.

Unforgettable Balloon Rides In Asia

Take Flight #2: Cappadocia, Turkey

Such a unique and sprawling landscape is best admired from above. Prepare for a truly exceptional journey on one of the most popular spots in the world for a hot air balloon experience. Take off early morning and what the sun rise over the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, then fly over the region’s famed fairy chimneys, valleys, and moonscape dotted with villages, orchards, and vineyards. The numerous hot air balloons taking off and floating through the air also add to the mystery and beauty of the region.

Unforgettable Balloon Rides In Asia

Take Flight #3: Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is jaw-dropping any time of day, but flying over the fields of the temple is an even more unique experience, as you navigate above the diverse places of worship. As the sun sets over Bagan, you board your hot air balloon in time to admire this spectacular show that Mother Nature puts on every day. With just a single ride over the plains of Bagan, you will see more temples than you would have with three days on the ground.

Take Flight #4: Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle showcases the country’s majestic Sinhalese ruins and gliding above the ruined cities is a treat. Fly over wildlife roaming freely, watch the sunrise over the morning mist and admire dry plains with rocks jutting up dramatically, meandering rivers, and ancient temples.

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  • Explore the city of Anuradhapura, one of the most important sites in medieval Asia
  • Visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya and the Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Wind through the Central Highlands by rail and visit a tea plantation
  • See Sri Lanka’s wildlife on game drives in the Yala National Park
  • Relax on pristine beaches, and enjoy watersports and whale watching

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ideal length 9 nights
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  • Experience one of the loveliest train journeys in the world, from Colombo up to the Hill Country
  • Explore the countryside surrounding Ceylon Tea Trails
  • Spot blue whales and dolphins from the coastal town of Mirissa
  • Wander through the streets of Galle Fort, shopping for local artwork
  • Go on a day trip to Yala National Park to look for Sri Lankan leopard

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ideal length 8 nights
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  • Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic train journeys from the Tea Country to Kandy
  • Discover Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist site, the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy
  • Marvel at the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Cultural Triangle
  • Relax on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Trincomalee
  • Enjoy a guided photography tour of Colombo before dinner in a renowned seafood restaurant

When to go:

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ideal length 12 nights
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