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Day 4 – Bagan to Mandalay | Twelve Days in Myanmar


One of the best things to do in Bagan is taking the hot-air balloon over the temples of Bagan. Although this tour is expensive for budget travelers like me, it was a surreal experience watching, not just about twenty other balloons next to you, but also looking down on the vast landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage site that spans over 14,000 temples and pagodas.

Among the three or four companies that operate the balloons, I found that Balloons Over Bagan had the cheapest (about $20 cheaper than next expensive one) option available for $340 per person.

The overall trip starts at 5am when you are picked from your hotel, taken to the launch spot, given briefing about the ride, the balloon ride itself, snacks after the ride and finally hotel drop-off; taking about 6-7 hours.

[Arriving at the launch site in that bus]

[Hot-air balloon being prepared]

[Hot-air balloons over Bagan]

[Hot-air balloons over Bagan]

[Hot-air balloons over Bagan]

[Hot-air balloons over Bagan]

[Hot-air balloons over Bagan]

I was dropped off at the hotel in Bagan around 11:45am and my bus to Mandalay was scheduled to pick me up at 1pm. So I headed out for a quick lunch!



A one way trip from Bagan to Mandalay takes about 4 hours with a quick 20 mins stop for lunch or snacks. Most buses leaving Bagan are 18-seater vans that will pick you up from your hotel in Bagan and drop off at your hotel in Mandalay. They all cost the same – MMK 9,000 one way.

[Apex van from Bagan to Mandalay]

It was close to 6pm when I reached Golden City Light hotel in Mandalay, so after a quick walk around and a dinner, it was time to call it a day and relax!

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Note: All values in USD, unless otherwise mentioned, are approximate and based on the exchange rate of USD 1 = MMK 1,350 at the time of publishing. Each cost is for one adult.

What Cost Notes
Balloon ride $340 Cheapest from Balloons Over Bagan.
Balloon Ride tip $1.48 MMK 2,000.
Lunch $1.85 MMK 2,500 on way to Mandalay.
Snacks & water $1.18 MMK 1,600.
Dinner at Mandalay $4.07 MMK 5,500. At Golden City Light hotel.
Total Daily Costs $348.58 Per person
Overall Costs $1,002.15 Per person


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