Loikaw’s hot-air balloon rides will take off at sunrise on a daily basis throughout the year and can carry six to eight passengers per flight, which lasts one to two hours. Powered by liquid petroleum gas, the balloons soar to maximum altitudes of 10,000 feet. Safety is paramount, the company says; most of the pilots and technicians are UK-trained while the remainder are Australian, Canadian, and Spanish license holders. All flights are comprehensively insured.
“With its pagoda-topped hills, mountain ranges and beautiful valleys dotted with farms and villages, Loikaw was a natural choice for our next venture,” said general manager Tun Thura. “You can imagine the astonished faces of farmers working in their fields when our balloons come gliding by. Everyone comes out to see. The children run after us, laughing and waving. It’s heart-warming; it’s exciting; it’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
In addition to daily flights from Yangon to Loikaw on national carrier MNA and Air Kanbawza, in December Air Kanbawza announced a new service – thrice weekly flights between Loikaw and Heho Airport (close to popular tourist destination Inle Lake).
Flights cost $300 per person. Private charters for groups up to eight persons can also be requested.
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