Price : 7,950 Baht
- Half day program
- Join Trip
- Starting from 5.45 a.m. back to the hotel about 9 a.m.
Ballooning is one of the best and the most extraordinary activities in the world that anyone should not missed. Moreover, Chiangmai is the world top tourist destination where offer a wealth of historic and cultural site as well as the scenic of countryside waiting to be discovered. Those who love outdoor activities, let start off your holiday with our bird’s eye view tour on the first morning of your arrival is a must. Flying a balloon allows the wind above the sky lead you to experience what it’s like to feel relax andweighlessness. You will be above the ground upto the cloud ceiling to explore the beautiful and romantic run rise and the panoramic view of Chiangmai’s landscape. Book now and enjoy you tomorrow ballooning flight with us.
A Chiang Mai Balloon Adventure
It was an early rise for Citylife on an otherwise slightly misty morning last week. The sun was just starting to bring back colour to the skies as large clouds blanketed the mountains and surrounding farmland. On a grassy plain at the Horizon Village & Resort, a small team of men in jumpsuits began rolling out a large canvas balloon as people began to arrive, still half asleep but excited to soon by flying high in the air, with only the wind to guide us.
We were flying with Balloon Adventure Thailand, part of Flying Media Company limited, the only licensed Thai balloon flying company for commercial balloon flights in Thailand. The journey would be an experience like no other – and paired with their boutique service and quality piloting, we knew we were in safe hands.
The package includes pickup and drop-off for all guests, with a usual starting time of 6am. On occasion, the flight is delayed due to certain weather changes, but unless there is a gale brewing, the flight will go on. Being Thailand, there was ample opportunity for photo shoots, including being inside the canvas balloon itself, before the flight commenced. Once the balloons were filled with hot air, they stood to attention ready to fly, the basket gently lifting off the ground as if it was more eager to fly than we were, before being pulled back down by the balloon crew.
For anyone who has not ballooned before – like us – the climb was comparable to stepping into an open air lift. Gently and steadily rising, you could be easily convinced that you were still attached to the ground by some crane or contraption lifting you up on wires. It was only at around 500m that the illusion diminished, but thankfully the relaxed atmosphere remained. For somebody scared of heights, I surprised myself by not being the least bit bothered.
Apart from the intermittent blast of the kerosene burners, there is nothing but silence as the balloon softly floats around the sky. There was no knowing where we were going, with only the wind to take us. The pilot described how he makes a mental note of the wind direction every couple hundred metres and if he wants go a different direction he just brings the balloon back down to that altitude and the wind will do the job for him.
As we hit 2000m (the legal limit for commercial balloon rides) we all took a moment to appreciate the view. The clouds that were once above us were now below, appearing like a fog across the green rice paddies and with a 360 degree view, I finally understood how Chiang Mai was in a basin, surrounded by mountains at every angle.
Reaching the end of our one hour flight the balloon began to fall, slowly and controlled thanks to the gentle hot air blasts by the pilot. As we reached the ground, the hunt for a landing spot was on. The balloon crews on the ground could be seen chasing us down sois, before we missed the landing and hand to spot another field as the bikes and trucks U-turn and try and find another way in.
Coming in close to the ground, we skirted across the top of a small pond before precariously landing on its bank. Only a skilled pilot could have mastered that landing – just one metre too soon and we’d have all been swimming ducks.
Place of Balloon Flight
Horizon Village AirfieldThe location of Balloon Adventure Thailand’s launch pad is Horizon Village & Resort, located on the Chiang Mai-Doi Saket Highway about 10km from the Chiang Mai center in Amphur Doi Saket, Chiang Mai — here we have our operation center. However, the pilot of the balloon may decide to change the take off location of the balloon depending on the wind. The navigator/pilot has to estimate the flight direction and distance to reach a suitable landing area. The pilot usually options information in advance from the Weather Bureau a couple of hours before the scheduled flight, or is instructed so by Chiang Mai airport tower.
- 05:45 a.m. : Pick up from your hotel/guest house in Chiang Mai.
- 06:15 a.m. : Arrive at the balloon port at Horizon Village Resort, enjoy a welcome drink as you look over the balloon flight safety intructions provided
- 06:45 a.m. : Hot air balloon adventure for approximately 1 hour.
- 07:45 a.m. : Arrive back at balloon port, celebrating your flight, breakfast, tea and coffee.
- 08:45 a.m. : Receive certification for your flight.
- 09:00 a.m. : Drop off back your hotel in Chiang Mai
Remark : This activity is suitable for people age between 5 – 60 years old.