Balloons mark 19 years of floating

Aung Thu & Le Le Aung
Hot air balloons near U Pain Bridge

As part of the celebration of 19th international hot air balloons festival, several of them flew over Mandalay’s famous U Pain Bridge.

The event was organised by Golden Express Tours and was operated by a 28-strong international team led by a Swede.

“The 19th hot air balloon event will be held for two days in Mandalay followed by two more days in Bagan and three days in Inle. It will finish with two days in Thandwe,” said Win Aung, assistant director of the hotels and tourism department. 

Hot air balloon trips started in 1998.