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Balloons over Bagan

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Ancient British bus from the colonial-era picking up passengers for Balloons over Bagan
Ancient British bus from the colonial-era picking up passengers for Balloons over Bagan
Our European (Beligian I think) balloon captain
Our European (Beligian I think) balloon captain
Pre-dawn preparations for balloon launch from the field next to Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
Pre-dawn preparations for balloon launch from the field next to Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan
Each balloon holds 8 passengers
Each balloon holds 8 passengers
Preparing the balloon for inflation
Preparing the balloon for inflation
Ground crew members inspect the inside of the balloon as it is inflated with cold air
Ground crew members inspect the inside of the balloon as it is inflated with cold air
Partially inflated balloon
Partially inflated balloon
The balloons are made in the UK by Cameron Balloons Ltd
The balloons are made in the UK by Cameron Balloons Ltd
Flame On!
Flame On!
Filling the balloon with hot air
Filling the balloon with hot air
Balloons Over Bagan - inflation
Balloons Over Bagan - inflation
The balloon rises
The balloon rises
Balloon inflation nearly complete
Balloon inflation nearly complete
The balloon lifts the basket to the upright position
The balloon lifts the basket to the upright position
On the day of our flight, 2 balloons were used
On the day of our flight, 2 balloons were used
Completing the inflation
Completing the inflation
Boarding the balloon
Boarding the balloon
Dennis sharing the basket with a girl from Hong Kong
Dennis sharing the basket with a girl from Hong Kong
Dennis wearing his Balloons Over Bagan cap
Dennis wearing his Balloons Over Bagan cap
The balloons flame is loud
The balloons flame is loud
Up, up and away...
Up, up and away...
Takeoff over the three buses of Balloons Over Bagan
Takeoff over the three buses of Balloons Over Bagan
...and perfect timing for sunrise...
...and perfect timing for sunrise...
Sunrise Over Bagan
Sunrise Over Bagan
The second balloon launches
The second balloon launches
Shwezigon Paya
Shwezigon Paya
Amazing view of the golden pagoda of Shwezigon from the balloon
Amazing view of the golden pagoda of Shwezigon from the balloon
Aerial view of Shwezigon Paya with the Irrawaddy River in the background
Aerial view of Shwezigon Paya with the Irrawaddy River in the background
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Floating low over the houses of Nyaung U
Floating low over the houses of Nyaung U
Early morning smoke from a fire as we float over the Bagan-Nyang U Road
Early morning smoke from a fire as we float over the Bagan-Nyang U Road
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Bagan 0275.jpg
Drifting on the gentle wind to the south, away from Shwezigon
Drifting on the gentle wind to the south, away from Shwezigon
Dennis on his first hot air balloon flight
Dennis on his first hot air balloon flight
Balloon Over Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
Balloon passing over a smoking fire, Bagan
Balloon passing over a smoking fire, Bagan
It's not cheap at $300 per person but it's really worth it
It's not cheap at $300 per person but it's really worth it
Floating over a monastery, Nyang U, Bagan
Floating over a monastery, Nyang U, Bagan
Sulamani Guphaya in the distance across the plains of Bagan
Sulamani Guphaya in the distance across the plains of Bagan
Sunrise as we float at treetop level
Sunrise as we float at treetop level
Brickyard
Brickyard
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Bagan 0299.jpg
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Bagan 0301.jpg
Treetop view of palms and paddies, Bagan
Treetop view of palms and paddies, Bagan
Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in), 13th Century, Bagan
Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in), 13th Century, Bagan
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Bagan 0306.jpg
Bagan Tower
Bagan Tower
Small brick pagodas, Bagan
Small brick pagodas, Bagan
Flying low over the plains of Bagan by balloon
Flying low over the plains of Bagan by balloon
Balloons Over Bagan - sunrise
Balloons Over Bagan - sunrise
Anawratha Road, Bagan
Anawratha Road, Bagan
Balloon flying low over Anawratha Road
Balloon flying low over Anawratha Road
Bagan sunrise
Bagan sunrise
Flying below tree-top level
Flying below tree-top level
Bagan balloon
Bagan balloon
Bagan sunrise with pagodas
Bagan sunrise with pagodas
Low flight in a balloon, Bagan
Low flight in a balloon, Bagan
High concentration of monuments on the Central Plain, Bagan
High concentration of monuments on the Central Plain, Bagan
Central Plains of Bagan from the air with Dhammayangyi Temple in the distance
Central Plains of Bagan from the air with Dhammayangyi Temple in the distance
Treetop level over the Central Plains of Bagan
Treetop level over the Central Plains of Bagan
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Bagan 0341.jpg
Flying low over a local family preparing the morning cooking fire
Flying low over a local family preparing the morning cooking fire
...the captain said none of the balloons had ever hit a temple...
...the captain said none of the balloons had ever hit a temple...
Flying low over Bagan
Flying low over Bagan
Bagan sunrise, treetop level flight
Bagan sunrise, treetop level flight
Bagan sunrise, treetop level flight
Bagan sunrise, treetop level flight
Flying at an altitude of maybe 50 feet over the Central Plain, Bagan
Flying at an altitude of maybe 50 feet over the Central Plain, Bagan
Bagan temple sporting a new tin roof
Bagan temple sporting a new tin roof
Low flight over the temples of Bagan
Low flight over the temples of Bagan
Central Plain with Sulamani and Dhammayangyi Temples in the distance
Central Plain with Sulamani and Dhammayangyi Temples in the distance
Balloon Over Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
Sunrise with Bagan Tower
Sunrise with Bagan Tower
Small temple on the edge of a plowed field
Small temple on the edge of a plowed field
Low enough to read the signs - Bagan Monument #355 and 356
Low enough to read the signs - Bagan Monument #355 and 356
Central Plains of Bagan including Mahazedi Pagoda, the large one on the left
Central Plains of Bagan including Mahazedi Pagoda, the large one on the left
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Bagan 0365.jpg
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
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Bagan 0368.jpg
Temple - Bagan Monument #433
Temple - Bagan Monument #433
Stupa - Bagan Monument 434
Stupa - Bagan Monument 434
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Bagan 0373.jpg
Balloon sunrise, Bagan
Balloon sunrise, Bagan
Early morning flight over the Temples of Bagan
Early morning flight over the Temples of Bagan
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Bagan 0377.jpg
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Passing close to a cluster of stupas with Sulamani Temple in the distance
Passing close to a cluster of stupas with Sulamani Temple in the distance
Low flight over the Central Plains of Bagan
Low flight over the Central Plains of Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
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Bagan 0396.jpg
Sun eclipsed by a balloon, Bagan
Sun eclipsed by a balloon, Bagan
Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Aerial photo of Sulamani Guphaya, one of the major temples of Bagan
"Aerial" photo of Sulamani Guphaya, one of the major temples of Bagan
Balloon with Thabeik Hmauk Temple, Bagan
Balloon with Thabeik Hmauk Temple, Bagan
Balloon with Thabeik Hmauk Temple, Bagan
Balloon with Thabeik Hmauk Temple, Bagan
Gaining a little altitude as we float past Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Gaining a little altitude as we float past Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan - a great way to see Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan - a great way to see Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Roof-tops of a monastery near Sulamani Temple
Roof-tops of a monastery near Sulamani Temple
Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest in Bagan, 1167 AD
Dhammayangyi Temple, the largest in Bagan, 1167 AD
Silhouette of Sulamani Temple with the early morning sun
Silhouette of Sulamani Temple with the early morning sun
The other balloon passing by Sulamani Temple, Bagan
The other balloon passing by Sulamani Temple, Bagan
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Bagan 0439.jpg
Dhammayangyi Temple dominating the Central Plains of Bagan
Dhammayangyi Temple dominating the Central Plains of Bagan
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Bagan 0443.jpg
A military helicopter patrolling over Bagan - apparently General Than Shwe was in town
A military helicopter patrolling over Bagan - apparently General Than Shwe was in town
Balloon floating past Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Balloon floating past Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Dhammayangyi Temple from the air, Bagan
Dhammayangyi Temple from the air, Bagan
I'm sort of surprised that so many of Bagan's temples are surrounded by active farmland
I'm sort of surprised that so many of Bagan's temples are surrounded by active farmland
Balloon floating past Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Balloon floating past Sulamani Temple, Bagan
Dennis Over Bagan
Dennis Over Bagan
Early morning balloon flight, Bagan
Early morning balloon flight, Bagan
Sulamani Temple
Sulamani Temple
Passing due east of Dhammayangyi Temple
Passing due east of Dhammayangyi Temple
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Bagan 0463.jpg
Shadow of our balloon cast on Dhammayangyi Temple
Shadow of our balloon cast on Dhammayangyi Temple
The balloon climbing for more altitude
The balloon climbing for more altitude
Pyathada Paya in the distance on the left
Pyathada Paya in the distance on the left
Balloon pilot, Bagan
Balloon pilot, Bagan
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Bagan 0473.jpg
Flying over a stupa, Bagan
Flying over a stupa, Bagan
Basket directly over a stupa, Bagan
Basket directly over a stupa, Bagan
Dhammayangyi Temple from the southeast with Thatbyinnyu Phaya in the distance on the left
Dhammayangyi Temple from the southeast with Thatbyinnyu Phaya in the distance on the left
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Dhammayangyi Temple with gold-topped Ananda Phaya on the right
Dhammayangyi Temple with gold-topped Ananda Phaya on the right
The second balloon behind a temple
The second balloon behind a temple
Balloon climbing to pass over the top of a temple
Balloon climbing to pass over the top of a temple
Aerial view of Dhammayangyi Temple with Ananda Phaya and Old Bagan in the background
Aerial view of Dhammayangyi Temple with Ananda Phaya and Old Bagan in the background
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
The major temples south of Old Bagan including the white stupa of Shwesandaw Phaya
The major temples south of Old Bagan including the white stupa of Shwesandaw Phaya
Southern Plains of Bagan from an alititude of around 500 ft
Southern Plains of Bagan from an alititude of around 500 ft
Balloons Over Pagan - south plain
Balloons Over Pagan - south plain
Looking south from the balloon
Looking south from the balloon
Looking back at the southern fašade of Dhammayangyi Temple
Looking back at the southern fašade of Dhammayangyi Temple
Dhammayangyi Temple recedes into the distance
Dhammayangyi Temple recedes into the distance
The other balloon didn't come as high as we did
The other balloon didn't come as high as we did
Balloons Over Bagan - view north with the golden stupa of Shwezigon marking our starting point
Balloons Over Bagan - view north with the golden stupa of Shwezigon marking our starting point
Balloon Over Bagan with Sulamani Temple
Balloon Over Bagan with Sulamani Temple
View southwest towards New Bagan
View southwest towards New Bagan
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Bagan 0506.jpg
Plain south of Old Bagan
Plain south of Old Bagan
Shwesandaw Phaya (sunset temple) and Thatbyinnyu Phaya (tallest temple), upper left
Shwesandaw Phaya (sunset temple) and Thatbyinnyu Phaya (tallest temple), upper left
Aerial view looking northwest to Old Bagan
Aerial view looking northwest to Old Bagan
Aerial view looking northwest to Old Bagan
Aerial view looking northwest to Old Bagan
Dirt tracks passing through agricultural fields, Bagan
Dirt tracks passing through agricultural fields, Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
View northwest to Old Bagan
View northwest to Old Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
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Bagan 0519.jpg
Balloon Over Bagan
Balloon Over Bagan
Dhammayangyi Temple to the north
Dhammayangyi Temple to the north
Balloon Shadow, Bagan
Balloon Shadow, Bagan
Looking west towards Myinkaba
Looking west towards Myinkaba
Southern plains, Bagan
Southern plains, Bagan
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Bagan 0527.jpg
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Bagan 0531.jpg
Gold stupa of Dhammayazika Pagoda, 1196 AD, Bagan - West Pwasaw
Gold stupa of Dhammayazika Pagoda, 1196 AD, Bagan - West Pwasaw
Aerial view looking north across the Plains of Bagan
Aerial view looking north across the Plains of Bagan
Scrubby area of the Southern Plains, Bagan
Scrubby area of the Southern Plains, Bagan
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Bagan 0542.jpg
Aerial view of the Plains of Bagan by Balloon
Aerial view of the Plains of Bagan by Balloon
Balloons Over Bagan - Highly Recommended
Balloons Over Bagan - Highly Recommended
View northwest towards Myinkaba, Bagan
View northwest towards Myinkaba, Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan - looking north
Balloons Over Bagan - looking north
Gold stupa of Dhammayazika Pagoda, 1196 AD, Bagan - West Pwasaw
Gold stupa of Dhammayazika Pagoda, 1196 AD, Bagan - West Pwasaw
Southern Plains at New Bagan
Southern Plains at New Bagan
Temples on the edge of New Bagan
Temples on the edge of New Bagan
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Bagan 0559.jpg
Dennis and the girl from Hong Kong, Balloons Over Bagan
Dennis and the girl from Hong Kong, Balloons Over Bagan
Gold stupa of Dhammayazika Pagoda, 1196 AD, Bagan - West Pwasaw
Gold stupa of Dhammayazika Pagoda, 1196 AD, Bagan - West Pwasaw
Descent for landing to the east of New Bagan
Descent for landing to the east of New Bagan
The road from Pwasaw to New Bagan
The road from Pwasaw to New Bagan
Early morning mist with the palm studded plains to the east of New Bagan
Early morning mist with the palm studded plains to the east of New Bagan
Crossing the road that leads northeast from New Bagan
Crossing the road that leads northeast from New Bagan
Approach to Landing
Approach to Landing
Balloon on approach to landing, Bagan
Balloon on approach to landing, Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloons Over Bagan
Balloon registration XY-AHF
Balloon registration XY-AHF
Balloon on approach to landing near New Bagan
Balloon on approach to landing near New Bagan
XY-AHF landing in a field near New Bagan
XY-AHF landing in a field near New Bagan
Preparing to deflate the balloon
Preparing to deflate the balloon
Opening the vent in the top of the balloon
Opening the vent in the top of the balloon
Open vent to deflate the balloon, Bagan
Open vent to deflate the balloon, Bagan
Balloon deflation
Balloon deflation
Balloon deflation
Balloon deflation
Cameron Balloons - Bristol, England - Z 315
Cameron Balloons - Bristol, England - Z 315
Happy Face
Happy Face
Deflating the balloon, Bagan
Deflating the balloon, Bagan
After the flight with Balloons Over Bagan
After the flight with Balloons Over Bagan
Preparing to deflate the second balloon
Preparing to deflate the second balloon
The balloon envelope begins to collapse
The balloon envelope begins to collapse
Balloon post-flight duties
Balloon post-flight duties
Folding the balloon after the flight
Folding the balloon after the flight
Balloons Over Bagan ground crew
Balloons Over Bagan ground crew
What's a balloon ride without champagne
What's a balloon ride without champagne
Packing up the balloon
Packing up the balloon
The pilot presents Dennis with his Balloon Flight Certificate, 2/2/2010
The pilot presents Dennis with his Balloon Flight Certificate, 2/2/2010
Framed photo from the balloons remote camera
Framed photo from the balloons remote camera
Balloons Over Bagan booking office at Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel
Balloons Over Bagan booking office at Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel
Inside the Balloons Over Bagan bus back at the hotel
Inside the Balloons Over Bagan bus back at the hotel
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