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5 Best Hot Air Balloon Rides Around the World 

One of the most fascinating ways you can explore an area and see its mind-blowing aerial view is through a hot air balloon ride. This involves flying hot air balloons.

Since the balloon moves in the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different directions or speeds.

Let’s take you through some of the places you can savour this amazing experience.

1. Cappadocia 

Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive fairy chimneys,  tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme, and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.

The area is famous for its unique rock formations and amazing hot air ballooning opportunities, the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia are one of  Turkey’s most popular natural wonders. Cappadocia is now a prime tourist destination with plenty of interesting facts to discover. 

2. Napa Valley 

Napa County is north of San Francisco, in California. It’s known for hundreds of hillside vineyards in the Napa Valley wine region. In the city of Napa, Oxbow Public Market features regional gourmet food.

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a vintage locomotive and traveling restaurant running through the valley. Northwest of Napa is Yountville, a town known for high-end restaurants and sparkling wine.

The best time to visit Napa is August through  October or March through May. Napa’s peak tourist season corresponds with the region’s harvest season, August through October. During this busy time, expect crowds and high prices for just about everything, especially accommodations. 

3. Bagan 

Bagan is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mandalay Region of  Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute Myanmar. Bagan is famous for its thousands of old pagodas and stupas stretching into the horizon.

Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from the 9th to the 13th centuries, a period in which some 50  Buddhist kings ruled the Pagan Dynasty. Bagan is worth visiting if you want to go to the number 1 most popular attraction in Myanmar. Bagan is a collection of 2000 Buddhist pagodas, stupas, and temples scattered across a flat area near the Irrawaddy River.  

4. Luxor 

Luxor is the most well-known recognized City in Upper Egypt and the capital of Luxor  Governorate, known famously for its oldest and most Ancient Egyptian sites. Originally called  ‘Thebes’ in ancient Egypt, Luxor is often known also as the ‘World’s greatest open-air  Museum’.

The tombs in Luxor are straight-up mind-blowing. … There are people inside the tombs that check so make sure you get the ticket. Embarking on hot air balloon flights, you will be at liberty to float over famous archeological sites like the great hypostyle hall of Luxor temple, with its grid of thick, carved columns, and the Colossi of Memnon, the two massive stone statues of Amenhotep III.

5. Angkor 

Angkor, also known as Yasodharapura was the capital city of the Khmer Empire. The city and empire flourished from approximately the 9th to the 15th centuries. The city houses the magnificent Angkor Wat, one of Cambodia’s most popular tourist attractions.

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