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hot air balloon ride in Vang Vieng, Laos

Hot air balloon in Vang Vieng, Laos

Chillin’ in a little basket up in the sky

During our 4-5 days in Vang Vieng, we went spelunking in Tam Phu Kham, tubing down the Nam Song River, walked bamboo bridges, meandered the city, motorbiked the surrounding countryside and chilled in “happy” reggae bars…

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Filling the hot air balloon in Vang Vieng, Laos

It was time for a new perspective.

We booked a sunset hot air balloon ride over Vang Vieng, Laos.
And it was… incredible.


It is nearly impossible to describe the thrill of floating in the sky on a hot air balloon ride. The vistas and birds eye views were astounding. It’s almost dreamlike. The heat and roar of the burner was perhaps the only reminder of the risk and reality of the undertaking. We weren’t scared as much as awe-struck by the scenery and the grace with which aircraft drifted through the clouds. However, not everyone felt the same. One of our fellow passengers was visibly green at the gills from fear. Fortunately, her anxiety was not contagious.

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The view from our hot air balloon over Vang Vieng, Laos.

Coming back down to earth was rather sobering. As we approached the ground, our pilot was radioing the ground crew, updating our ever-changing coordinates. We watched from above as the ground crew scrambled to catch up and grab the rope the pilot had cast overboard. Without warning, the pilot suddenly yelled for us all to crouch down in our wicker basket. My last view was of the rapidly approaching power lines. Fortunately, the ground crew lassoed us in time. We all kinda nervously laughed as we safely landed and disembarked. It was all over too quickly. However, I think all of us were also grateful to feel solid ground underfoot.

Would we do it again? Unequivocally, yes!

Definitely a recommendation to anyone who visits Vang Vieng!


Author: Daisey

Daisey is a UX designer for Art+Logic by day, soul/funk singer by night, full of love and always smiling.

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