With the Hot Air Balloon over Pai

With the Hot Air Balloon over Pai

Dee, Elena, Gerben and Mitsos gave me a hot air balloon ride in Pai for my birthday – here are the pictures! Thank you, my friends – it was fun :-)

Preparations for a Hot air balloon flight over Pai
Preparations on a field above Pai. Somehow they where not to happy with the wind direction. They started some toy helium balloons to see where they went but they all went to the same direction. After 30 minutes they where happy with the wind direction and they started the wind machines to prepare the balloon for the hot air.

Hot air balloon over Pai
Once the machines are blowing air inside the balloon everything goes quite fast.

Hot air balloon over Pai
The Yellow Monster wakes up

Preparation of the hot air balloon
Once the hot air comes into play it only takes a few seconds to have the balloon up and in flight position

Hot air balloon over Pai

Hot air balloon over Pai
Almost time to board

A few seconds before the Hot air balloon takes off
A few seconds to go

Blasting hot air into the hot air balloon
Time to go – heat!

Hot air balloon over Pai
The ground crew gave us candy for the kids. They had a lot of fun catching it and we had fun too.

Hot air balloon over the garlic fields of Pai
Since you move with the wind you do not feel the wind. Frome time to time there is some noise from the burner. Apart from that it is super quite. On the left of the field you can see garlic that they put there to dry

Hot air balloon over Pai
So far they went towards town with the wind. And than we went up hight in the sky to stay over the town. The draft where only a few hundred meters above ground and it was blowing towards Chiang Mai.

Hot air balloon over Pai
You can see the smoke from the fires – we could not see far – to bad :-(

Empty rice fields from the Hhot air ballooni
Empty rice fields – it must be super nice when everything is still green.

Hot air balloon over Pai
Towards Pai we fly errrr float that is.

Hot air balloon over Pai
In the center you see the Montis Resort

Hot air balloon over Pai
Overview of Pai

Hot air balloon over Pai
The crew and the 3rd passenger. A tourist from China. The balloon, pilots and ground crew are all from China. Strange!

Pai from above
Pai from above

Pai airport
Pai airport

Hot air balloon over Pai
Happy Mitsos 1100 meters above ground

Hot air balloon over Pai
One resort that they never finished and another one where every house has a kayak to use in the gigantic pool

Hot air balloon over Pai
Pai new town – the coffee street and new market

Hot air balloon over Pai
Looking for a place to land – scaring some cows when we have to go up again to clear the trees

Hot air balloon over Pai

Hot air balloon over Pai
Interesting round circles in that rice field – the only one in Pai

Hot air balloon over Pai

Hot air balloon over Pai
Patterns & Cow’s

Hot air balloon over Pai
The last 20 minutes was a lot of fun. The balloon needs an empty rice field to land. And in between are garlic fields so they can not land there. The valley is divided by the river so the balloon was going left and right of the river and the ground crew on 2 motorbikes and one Pick-Up did try to follow. Here you can see an attempt to get a hold on the landing rope. It did not work out and they had to let go. So everybody back on the bikes and car and rushing to the next possible spot. A cat and mouse chase over temples, the river and lots of fields. Than it got to dark for pictures so this is the last one.

 
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Marc Hastenteufel

I like to travel and i like to snap pictures! My mother got me a Eurorail ticket when i was 15 and together with 2 friends we adventured into France. This was the beginning of a new addiction. I do like to take pictures so one thing leads to another and on this site i want to share some of my pictures and some of my trips with you! Now i am on the road for more than 6 months every year. Visiting old friends and making new friends while exploring this big blue ball.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Eberhard

    Wouldn’t mind flying in a balloon my self, looks like so much fun, but wouldn’t want to fly that far to do it. Would want a bit closer to home!

  2. Surfdog

    Home you know – far you see new things. I would not mind to do the next ride back home as well :-)

  3. Marc Hastenteufel

    Hmmm – guess you find one close to Vancouver! Might be a bit more expensive than this one but once you should do it!

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