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64. Go hot air ballooning over Bagan in Myanmar

Ranked #64 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.


Having already graced the pages of many a top travel title or must-do list across the globe, there’s little wonder why this postcard-perfect experience has ranked within IT’s own ultimate countdown.

Indeed, there is no better way to take in Bagan’s ancient pagoda-studded landscape, spanning over 24 square-kilometres, than from the sky in a hot air balloon.

On any given morning you can expect to be carried on a gentle breeze, looking out onto the Bagan plains as sunrise lights up more than 4000 pagodas and Buddhist temples in what was the capital of the first Burmese empire.

It’s a magical view that has become cemented in the imaginations of travellers.


I did this at sunrise on New Year’s Day. It was the very best way to celebrate a new year – ever. A magical experience and brilliantly managed and organised. Worth every cent.

– Christine Manfield


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