Taunggyi & Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
3 – 12 November 2019
Every year, the towns of Taunggyi (capital of the Shan State near Inle Lake) and Pyin Oo Lwin (a 1.5-hour drive from Mandalay) host similar balloon festivals leading up to Tazaungdaing, a Buddhist holiday similar to Loy Krathong in Thailand and Laos. In the evenings, huge unmanned balloons decorated with hundreds of candles take to the skies before fireworks attached to the bottom are set off. In the presence of wind and fireworks, it’s best to watch from a secure distance.