Drifting over a forest of pagodas (Bagan, Myanmar)

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    Yet another view of magical Bagan at sunrise, this time taken from a balloon sailing within metres of the pagodas. Amazing one hour flight...

    It started very early in the morning before sunrise when an old wooden bus picked us up at our hotel. A 30 mns drive on bumpy roads and we reached the takeoff site where a busy staff was already inflating the balloon. A stylish old english man introduced himself as the pilot and gave us security instructions. A few minutes later we were away, soaring above the trees and drifting on a light breeze over the little village and through plumes of smoke from the kitchen fires. As we climbed, the plain emerged flat and criss-crossed with ancient pathways showing up like scars in the grey light. To the East, the glimmer on the horizon became a pink glow and, while we watched, the sun burst free above the distant hills, bathing the landscape with gold and laying out before us, like a massive chess board, the 2000 temples and pagodas of Bagan! We drifted silently over forests of glittering stupas set in the landscape of scrub and sand.

    iluvbijarmstrong, Mariana Bellissi, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. HappyTellus 69 months ago | reply

      We used this beautiful photo in our travel destination description of Myanmar (Burma) at www.happytellus.com/myanmar--burma-.

    2. foturist 67 months ago | reply

      This photo has been used in the article about Bagan at community.livejournal.com/foturist_ru/69237.html
      Thank you for sharing!
      We are also pleased to invite you to our Foturist group at Flickr.

    3. The_Circumference 58 months ago | reply


      Just wanted to let you know that your photo has been featured
      in a travel article on The Circumference with a link back.

      You can view the article here:
      Thanks for sharing your fantastic photo!

      - The Circumference

    4. maticallone 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 101 Lugares Increíbles, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. chershii 44 months ago | reply

      This is incredible. I'm traveling through Myanmar this coming winter and I'm so excited to explore Bagan. Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful photographs. This makes me all the more excited to go!

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