We decided to tick another item off our bucket list and go Hot Air Ballooning while in Chiang Mai... So pleased we did - we spent a very enjoyable morning with our extremely professional Dutch Pilot Wout Bakker. We were picked up promptly at 6.00am from our Hotel, offered refreshments while we watched the Balloon be inflated and then we were off drifting over the countryside with the only sounds being the burners and the barking dogs. It was such a buzz to see people come out of their houses to wave to us... It is quite warm in the basket so don’t get too rugged up. The landing was super smooth despite landing in a harvested rice paddy due to the fickle winds but the ground crew were quick to arrive and pull us back to dry land where we disembarked without getting our feet wet – we did provide some excitement for the locals... While the guys packed up the balloon we wandered over to look at a local temple then were driven back to Horizon Village & Tweechol Botanic Garden (our departure point) to have breakfast and our Champagne Ceremony before being delivered back to our motel at around 10.30am. As this may be the only balloon flight we get to take we were so pleased it was with Wout. He even emailed us some extra photos that he took. We have no hesitations to recommend these guys if you are thinking about Ballooning. Chiang Mai was a very scenic place to get a bird’s eye view.
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