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Baloon Safaris in Loaikaw, Kayan State - NEW

One of Myanmar’s recognizable tours, Balloons Over Bagan, launches a new hot-air balloon flight in the remote ethnic region of Kayah State starting January 2019, according to a press release from the company. Balloon Safaris Loikaw becomes the fourth option for the adventure tour operator, following successes in Bagan, Inle Lake, and a two-day “balloon safari” in Myanmar’s Shan State.

"With its pagoda-topped hills, mountain ranges and beautiful valleys dotted with farms and villages, Loikaw was a natural choice for our next venture," says general manager Tun Thura.

Loikaw is off the beaten track for most travelers to Myanmar. Loikaw is situated on a 3,000-foot plateau in eastern Myanmar and is surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, home to no less than 10 ethnic groups including the Kayan, whose “long-necked” women are famed for the brass coils around their necks and colorful traditional costumes.

The Balloon Safaris Loikaw rides take off at sunrise on a daily basis throughout the year and can carry six to eight passengers per flight, which lasts one to two hours. Powered by liquid petroleum gas, the balloons soar to maximum altitudes of 10,000 feet.

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