Here's an interesting way to explore Siem Reap


Tourists in Cambodia can now enjoy hot air balloon rides over Angkor Wat Temple. — Anantara

Travellers visiting Cambodia now have another means of exploring the South-East Asian nation.

In fact, it will take their exploration to – literally – new heights, as they will be able to indulge in a bird’s eye view of its sprawling countryside.

In partnership with Cambodia Balloon Adventures, the country’s first fully licensed hot air balloon company, Anantara Angkor Resort has launched a new hot air ballooning experience that allows guests to embark on a journey of a lifetime high up in the sky.

The Unesco World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, the 12th century temple of Banteay Samré, rice padi fields and ancient aqueducts dotting the scenic land below are among the views guests will get to enjoy during their hot air balloon ride.

Available either during sunrise or sunset, each ride lasts between 35 and 60 minutes, depending on weather conditions.

The package is inclusive of round-trip hotel transfers, refreshments and safety briefing before the flight, and a celebratory drink after the landing.

Each person will also receive a commemorative flight certificate signed by the pilot after completing the hot air balloon ride. For details, head to the resort’s website.

Hot rides

Meanwhile, booking hot air balloon rides via an app is also possible in Turkiye, as the ride-sharing app Uber takes to the sky in its next business venture in Cappadocia.

The company has recently launched a hot air balloon ride option on its app, allowing users to easily book a ride for it via their smartphones.

Bookings must be done at least 12 hours in advance. The departure time is automatically set for 6am on the selected date.

Each Uber Balloon ride is inclusive of pick-up and drop-off at the customers’ hotel via Uber Reserve, and a 90-minute hot air balloon ride through the Unesco World Heritage Site, Göreme National Park.

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