No rest for the weary. Woke up super early this morning and went to the hotel reception area to meet the bus that was taking us to the balloon ground for our hot air balloon ride over Bagan. Every morning and evening, from October to March (the winter season), Balloons Over Bagan takes people on a magical flight over the Bagan Archeological Zone. The sight of these hot-air balloons drifting serenely over Bagan’s otherworldly skyline is almost as iconic as the temples themselves.
Our bus was a bit rickety and the road to the balloon area was unpaved, and the ride was absolutely whiplash-inducing. Our balloon pilot later told us that these buses are Canadian, left here in Burma after World War II. They were supply trucks, but were converted into transport vehicles. They've been running faithfully for about 70 years!