How long is the flight?
Golden Eagle ballooning flights lasts about 35 minutes to one hour depending on the wind. The whole experience including hotel pick-ups and light champagne breakfast lasts between 2 ½ to 3 hours. Ballooning is also about watching the setup of the balloon, and being “rescued” at the end too, not just the flight itself. Not knowing where you are going to land is always exciting and part of the adventure!
What do we see?
The exciting thing about ballooning is that you just don’t know. You will see Bagan waking up in the morning. You will see many temples in the distance and get a spectacular aerial view of Bagan. Sometimes you may fly over villages and see people on their early morning rounds, feeding their animals; or going to market. It is an amazing and interactive experience.
Can we go to …… by balloon?
The balloon can only go where the wind takes it. So we unfortunately cannot pre-plan where it will land.
I’m scared of heights.
Ballooning does not usually affect those people who are scared of heights. Because the balloon travels with the wind, the basket is very stable and does not sway or rock during flight. There is no sense of vertigo or motion.
Do we see this pagoda?
You will see lots of pagodas! Exactly which pagoda you will see depends on the wind direction.
How many people can fit in one balloon?
Golden Eagle Ballooning has balloon flights that can hold up for 12 passengers in four separate compartments, offering a range of flexibility across our entire fleet for small or larger groups. Golden Eagle Ballooning operates three balloons with a total capacity of 24 passengers with one Sunrise flight every morning of 35 minutes to one hour duration, depending on the wind speed and weather condition on that day.
What is the is the difference between standard and premium service?
Below is the summary of the difference between standard and premium service.
|Number of passengers in a basket
||4 to 8
|Pick up and drop off service in private vehicle
|Light breakfast before take off
|Champagne celebration after landing
What do we get for the price?
A memory that we hope will last forever; transport to and from your hotel to launch and landing site, flight, ‘rescue’, celebratory glass of champagne and light breakfast.
Where do we take off?
The take-off site changes with the wind and is decided by the pilot in command on the day of the flight.
Where do we land?
Wherever the wind takes you! This could be next to a Pagoda, a field by a village, on a sandbank, or even across the river, which will involve a rescue by boat.
What time will we be picked up?
For the morning flight, passengers are usually picked up at their hotels by our Balloons over Bagan bus between 05h00 and 05h30 in the morning depending on the location of your hotel and the hotels of other passengers. The exact time will be given to you the evening before when you or your guide come to our sales office in Bagan to reconfirm your flight.
What time do we get back to the hotel?
In the morning flight, passengers are usually back at their hotels by 8.00 – 8.30 am. Some passengers like to stay longer after landing to drink an extra glass of champagne or chat with villagers who come to witness the landing. The post flight celebrations are an important part of ballooning in this special area and not to be rushed!
Can our children fly?
For safety reasons there are age and height restrictions. We set a minimum age of 8 years old, but as a general rule, all passengers must be able to see over the basket.
How can we pay for a pre-booking?
For a pre-booking, full payment must be made via paypal for bookings less than 45 days before the flight or via bank transfer for bookings made 45 days or more before the flight date. All payment must be paid in US dollar via paypal or via bank transfer, please see details here.
Can I get my money back if the balloon flight is cancelled?
Flights cancelled by GOLDEN EAGLE BALLOONING for safety reasons, unfavourable weather conditions, or operational difficulties will be refunded, less any transaction & service charges payable to third parties for online bookings. All direct payments to GOLDEN EAGLE BALLOONING or via our website will be refunded in cash. For all other bookings made through tour agents, passengers must contact the respective agent to expedite their refunds.
Note for passengers booked via Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. Ltd:
Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. Ltd will make a full refund in net amount via paypal or bank transfer to all passengers booked through us, this exclude the 2% online payment fees or the bank charges when you made the payment.
Can I decide later in Bagan whether I want to fly or not?
It is possible to buy a last minute stand by ticket at Golden Eagle Ballooning sales office in Bagan at Bagan Umbra Hotel, Wetkyi Inn (Ph: 09-25208 4232, 09-25208 4242) between 8am to 12 pm and 4pm to 8pm. However, this is only possible if there are spaces left for the next day. In recent years at certain times during the season we unfortunately have had to turn people away who wanted to book at short notice, but couldn’t because the day they were in Bagan the balloons were already fully booked by package tours. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, we strongly suggest you make your booking in advance. However if you are planning to stay in Bagan for 3-4 days there is a much better chance to book a standby space on one of the flights. If you are in any doubt, please feel free to contact us directly by phone or email, and we can give you an indication of our current booking status. Please note that this is an indication only, and may not remain accurate for very long.
Why do I have to give my weight?
It is important that we receive the correct weight of each passenger as soon as possible. The chief pilot needs this figure to calculate the total ballast of the basket, so that he can determine the total amount of lift available on that day.
Who owns Golden Eagle Ballooning?
Golden Eagle Ballooning, a 100% private Myanmar company and a subsidiary of Golden Express Tours (www.goldenexpresstours.com), which is the first balloon tour operator in Myanmar since 1999. Golden Express Tours has organised numerous international balloon meetings in Myanmar flying over Bagan, Mandalay, Inle, Yangon and other major cities like Myitkyina, Loikaw, Monywa and Magway.
Golden Eagle Ballooning intends to fill the needs of demand for hot air balloon operation in Bagan with highest safety standards and services. GEB’s balloons are manufactured by Ultramagic from Spain – one of the best and well-known balloon manufacturers in the world and approved by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The insurance is comprehensively covered by Lloyd from United Kingdom for both third parties and the passengers.
The company has three Swiss pilots and one Chief pilot from Barcelona, one Spanish examiner and inspector, one Swiss maintenance manager, two local operation managers, and 35 local ground crews for the operations.
What is the price?
Standard Service Flight USD 320 per person
Premium Service Flight USD 380 per person
Prices include transfers from your hotel, balloon flight and a light champagne breakfast. These prices are valid from 08th October 2015 until 31st March 2016.
Standby tickets can only be purchased 48 hours or two full days in advance at Golden Eagle Ballooning Sales office in Bagan at Bagan Umbra Hotel, Wetkyi Inn (Ph: 09-25208 4232, 09-25208 4242) between 8am to 12 pm and 4pm to 8pm.