Balloons Over Bagan, under Myanmar-based Memories Group, has launched a new hot-air balloon flight in Kayah State. Hot-air balloon rides in Loikaw take off at sunrise on a daily basis throughout the year and can carry six to eight passengers per flight. Air time lasts one to two hours, and balloons will reach a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet. Flights cost US$300 per person. Private charters for groups of up to eight persons can also be requested.
Balloon Safaris Loikaw is the fourth option hot-air balloon adventure from the tour operator, following Bagan, Inle Lake and a two-day “balloon safari” in Shan State. Situated on a 914m-high plateau surrounded by mountains and rice paddies in eastern Myanmar, Loikaw is home to ethnic groups including the Kayan, whose “long-necked” women are famed for the brass coils around their necks and colourful traditional costumes.