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Bagan: Our most recommended tours and activities

Golden Eagle Ballooning in Bagan

1. Golden Eagle Ballooning in Bagan

More than just a hot-air balloon ride, this program is a special experience you won’t soon forget! Experience the magic of Bagan and a thousand years of history from a hot-air balloon. You’ll get a special look at some of Bagan’s vast array of pagodas. The program begins with a pick-up at your hotel at around 05:00-05:30 and a ride to the launch site. On arrival, you’ll be served a light breakfast while watching as the hot-air balloon is inflated and prepared for flight. Once airborne, you’ll have mesmerizing views of majestic Bagan as you fly from treetop level up to several thousand feet, moving wherever the wind takes you. During the flight, your pilot will tell you about the history of ballooning and point out prominent pagodas. Enjoy a sparkling wine toast upon your safe landing and receive a flight certificate from the pilot. There will be a shuttle bus for the ride back to your hotel.

Bagan: Ancient Temples Private Tour

2. Bagan: Ancient Temples Private Tour

Benefit from morning pickup from your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle, and then take a stroll around the colorful local market. Continue to the most significant temples and pagodas, such as the 11th-century Shwezigon Pagoda built by King Anawratha. Marvel at the oldest original paintings in Bagan at the Gubyaukgyi Temple, and look at the four Buddha statues of the Ananda Temple. Break for lunch at a local restaurant or your hotel, and then visit the traditional lacquerware village of Myinkaba. Visit the Mon-style Manuha Temple, and gaze in wonder at the unique sandstone Nanpaya Temple. End with a panoramic view of the sunset at the Bupaya Pagoda on the banks of the Irrawaddy River before getting dropped off at your hotel.

From Mandalay: Private Transfer to Bagan

3. From Mandalay: Private Transfer to Bagan

Ensure a stress-free vacation from start to finish and book your Mandalay to Bagan transfer in advance. After getting picked up from your hotel in Mandalay in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, sit back and relax on the 4-hour ride to Bagan. Soak up views of the scenery along the way, including Tada-U and Myothar City. After around 2.5 hours, take a break in Myingyan before continuing onto your final destination. Upon arrival in Bagan, a UNESCO listed location, get dropped off directly at your new hotel.

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4.9 / 5

based on 586 reviews

Picked up from hotel to the takeoff site. When arrived at site, there was coffee/tea and croissant served for breakfast. The pilot then gave us a safety brief preflight and we watched the inflation of the balloon, hopped into the basket. The flight was amazing and the pilot gave us a nice commentary of where we were at and explained to us the locations as well as many of the flight procedures and landing sites. After the end of the flight, we had champagne, fruits and a souvenir. We were also offered a go-pro recording of our flight, at a cost. Overall, my girlfriend and I were very satisfied with the whole experience. Very professional! Highly recommend!

WONDERFUL experience♡ I am glad I chose the flight with them. From start to finish they have made it a unique, beautiful, impressive and emotional experience. A moonlight breakfast with candles, punctual pick-up at the hotel. All the staff are super friendly, but if you allow me and without underestimating the rest; The pilot was the best. Finding a Spanish pilot so many kilometers from home made us feel at home ♡ Thank you for your love. Ah! and they give you a little gift at the end of the flight that I will keep with a lot of love. Thank you so much; We will see us again.

Awesome experience 10/10, every thing was perfect from beginning to end. Pro tip bring your own usb stick if you wish to keep a free copy of the go pro video ( otherwise you can purchase one from them). I would highly recommend booking with golden eagle balloons.

I really enjoyed my private tour around ancient temples of Bagan thanks to Mr Zaw. Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly tour leader. Transportation safe and smooth. Highly recommend 👌

I love everything on my trip. Hotel Pick up & drop arrangements, hot ballon tour, take off & landing, the crew... All best.