My work as a travel guide and a writer introduces me to extraordinary locations, experiences and people. A recent trip to Bagan has left me mesmerized. The hot air balloon ride was the most beautiful experience of my life.
There are approximately 2200 temples on the Bagan planes, which was once a thriving kingdom. Bagan is the place where my travel dreams came true. The hot air balloon rides during the sun rise are a popular thing in Bagan. We left for the ride from our hotel at 5:10 a.m. The bus was a special transport as it was from the time of World War II. During those times, it was used for the purpose of transporting troops. Now, the buses have been renovated and they are some of the most unique buses in the world.
We met the pilots after reaching the launch field. They were warm, friendly and funny. They separated us into different groups. As we were all getting adjusted into the basket, I realized that there's absolutely no graceful way to get into the balloon basket. The moment we were off the ground, the earth seemed to move away from the hot air balloon. I honestly felt nothing when the ropes we were released. We started to fly high in the sky. Our pilot was enthusiastic and he started showing us the best sights starting with the sunrise. One of my best experiences was flying over a lake so we could see our reflection in water. Hot air balloon rides are an incredible travel experience and I cannot think of a more exhilarating location than Bagan.