Hot air ballooning is the oldest method of air travel and the purest, giving passengers the rush of being out in the natural elements and experiencing the perspective of a bird.  While the balloon pilot can control his altitude, the air currents will decide where you’ll float and how fast you’ll get there. For spectators on the ground, the colourful balloons dotting a clear sky make an absolutely mesmerizing scenery. Today, L+T is happy to present 5 hot air balloon festivals around the world so that you can experience such fun up in the air at least once in your life.


Now in its second year, this is the largest hot air balloon festival in ASEAN with over 30 creatively designed balloons from 14 countries putting on a grand performance in the skies of Chiang Rai. The skills of the participating world-class pilots can also be appreciated as they compete in different categories. There is even a Balloon Night Glow performance to keep you occupied in the evenings, with plenty of vivid lighting, colour and  sound. The fiesta also offers a food festival and an exclusive live concert from famous ballad singers.


MyBalloonFiesta has officially set up home in the cosy neighbourhood of Desa Park City in Kuala Lumpur. It will take place during 10-12 March at Precinct 2 Putrajaya with the theme ‘Balloon in the Park’ and showcase special-shape balloons from various countries. These will fly in the morning, at 6 p.m. and again at 8.30 p.m. for the Night Glow Show. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the onsite outdoor cinema featuring movies with a hot air balloon theme, hot air balloon workshop, 360 Virtual Reality Balloon experience and a silent disco.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Attracting over 150 hot air balloons from across the globe, this is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event. It will take place during 10-13 August at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol. In addition to the spectacular sight of numerous hot air balloons filling the broad skyline, there will be plenty of fairground rides and entertainment for the public, plus trade stands. Entry is free but there are charges for onsite parking.

Saga International Balloon Fiesta

Held just outside Saga City along the Kase River, this fiesta has grown from a small gathering of 5 hot air balloons into a competition with over 3,500 participants and a reputation as one of the top ballooning competitions in the world. This year the fiesta will take place during 1-5 November and coincide with the Karatsu Kunchi Festival in Karatsu City.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

This year marks the 46th time that this hot air balloon fiesta has filled Albuquerque’s bright blue skies during autumn. This fiesta is undoubtedly the premier international ballooning event, set against a phenomenon called the ‘Albuquerque Box’, a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape that allows balloonists to control, and even retrace, their adventures. The fiesta will take place during 7-15 October at the 360-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, during which visitors can also stroll on 100 acres of grass and visit any of the numerous booths selling everything from New Mexican food to balloon memorabilia.

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