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Angkor Hot Air Balloon Sunrise/Sunset Flight in Siem Reap

Cambodia, located in South East Asia is a solemn, quiet country and swears by Buddhist ideologies. The famous Angkor Wat temple stands tall in this country. With the warm hospitality of its people, Cambodia should surely be a part of your must-see destinations. What’s special about Cambodia you may ask? Well, if you get to see the world’s largest temple and South East Asia’s largest Freshwater lake all under one roof all at pocket-friendly rates, then it is surely worth it. Also imagine a hot air balloon ride over Angkor Wat. Dream, right? Well, we have just started with what Cambodia offers.

The Angkor Wat, at Cambodia’s Siem Reap, without a doubt, is a treat to the eye. Imagine flying above the world’s largest temple while you take in the scenic landscape around you in the company of your loved ones. As dreamy as it sounds, it can become a reality at Siem Reap. The grandeur of the temple is mesmerizing as it is from the ground level. So from up above, you can totally imagine the view you will be in for. What are the key takeaways from the famous hot air balloon ride at Siem Reap? Read further to know.

Hot air Balloon over Angkor Wat
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The Angkor village and its adjoining outskirts will majorly comprise your journey in the hot air balloon. The ride will not directly fly over the temple as it is protected by UNESCO and prohibits any kind of commercial activity in and around the temple. But all is not lost, as you are still in for a breathtaking view of the entire region of Siem Reap. These views are majestic along with the sunrise or the sunset which makes the landscape picturesque.

The most renowned ride is the one which overlooks the beautiful lush fields of Angkor Wat lasting a good one hour’s duration. The other type of ride comes at a less expensive option which lasts only for around 15 to 20 minutes but still offers a spectacular view of the surrounding areas of Angkor Wat. Both these rides offer a great deal of adrenaline rush as you soar through the sky on the majestic balloon.

Angkor Wat
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These rides are best taken right at sunrise or sunset. The best views of the Angkor Wat and its adjoining areas are undoubtedly at its best against the background of the hazy sunrise or sunset which produces mystical hues as the ride progresses. It is better to book for the ride in advance as the activity gets sold out in a jiffy.

How to reach the site

If you are taking up the longer ride, the conveyance is generally taken care of, or if you are among the adventurous lot, you can go the local way and take the tuk-tuk ride to the spot. Make sure you’re on time for the ascent as the balloon takes off the minute the sun rises or sets. You definitely wouldn’t want to miss that for the world!

Timings and cost

As far as timings are concerned, the ideal time to go for the ride is at sunrise or sunset. The perfect time to start your ascent would be right before the sunrise or the sunset. Nevertheless, the timings for the ride is from 5 in the morning to 7 in the evening. Although any timing would suit the ride, the best timings are sunrise or sunset which is why you need to hurry and book your slots. The cost for an adult to go on this ride is approximately INR 8,000 while for a child it is around INR 4,000.

Tips for your Hot Air Balloon ride

The most important aspect to keep in mind is the fact that there will be other passengers as well waiting for their pickup from the hotel. If you delay your pick up time, many others will get delayed and ultimately you might be responsible for missing out on the ascent during sunrise or sunset and ruining their holiday as well.

The Angkor Wat is a restricted area registered by UNESCO and hence the privacy of the region has to be respected by not flying over it.

If you have taken the ride with a longer duration, you will be provided with cold water and a towel during your ride.

Add this activity at Siem Reap to your bucket list and you will not be disappointed. Hold onto your breath as you fly up the region of Angkor Wat and add it as a final touch to your Cambodia vacation. Should you need more assistance in terms of requirements or pre-booking of slots for the hot air balloon ride, feel free to reach out to us at pickyourtrail.com. Until then, start planning and happy flying!

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