The Taunggyi (pronounced Tawn-gee) Balloon Festival takes place on the full moon in November in Myanmar’s Shan State. Tribal villagers come from all over the area with their handmade paper balloons in the shapes of animals like elephants and roosters, releasing them into the sky during the day. They range in size from that of a car to a house. Music and traditional dancing go on all day and late into the night.
As the night progresses more balloons are released, these often resembling a normal hot-air balloon and decorated with thousands of votive style candles. Most impressive, the balloons carry a payload of fireworks. The candles are lit and the balloon releases to cheers and dancing. At some point the paper catches fire, and the balloon incinerates in flaming ball. The fireworks are lit in the inferno, and the air explodes in a massive pyrotechnic display.
I wanted to check in now that we’re back from our trip to China and Hong Kong. Thank you very much for all your assistance and incredible work with this, the trip surpassed all expectations and was an experience that we will treasure for a lifetime. Every aspect was A+. The tour guides were knowledgeable and efficient, however we were most impressed with their keen ability to read us and quickly adapt to our preferences. They expedite some aspects when we weren’t as interested and focused more time on the aspects in which we gravitated towards which, given the cultural differences, astounded us. We couldn’t have asked for better guides.
The Penninsula–Shanghai, China
The hotels were fantastic. The Peninsula Shanghai and Intercontinental Hong Kong were top notch. The Peninsula Shanghai was one of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed at and I will never know how you were able to get us a room with such a breathtaking view. We thought the Peninsula Beijing was nice, however a little tired.
Overall it was an A+. We are used to doing most planning on our own and thinking through every detail. It was refreshing to not have to worry about anything as every detail was already taken care of for us!
Thank you again, you have gained a customer for life and will be sure to let everyone know you and your team are top notch.
I wanted to tell you what a terrific experience this trip to Vietnam and Cambodia was. The details were flawlessly executed, guides were great and the hotels beyond our expectations.
In particular you were wonderful; accommodating the first change we made and then having to scramble after the earthquake to make the new arrangements. You are the consummate professional and we really appreciate it. We will certainly recommend you to our friends.
All the best,
New York, NY
This trip was arranged by Travel Specialist, Rebecca Mazzaro.