Once, there was only one color of Bagan balloon: the dark red of the Balloons over Bagan company. Today, when travelers look up, they’ll find the yellow of Golden Eagle and the green of Oriental Balloon in the skies as well.

The hot air balloons over Bagan aren’t a secret anymore. I’ve been traveling to Myanmar since 1993, and there more than anywhere else are the changes in our times so apparent – be it in the number of travelers or the changing political climate. And much has changed in the Bagan air and on the ground.

Some may wonder why hot air ballooning is the method of choice for seeing Bagan and the answer is pretty simple: there are more than 2,000 temples to see over 104 square kilometers. Save strafing the area in a helicopter, there are few other ways to experience the full sight of Bagan.

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