Microlight aircraft flights and hot-air balloon rides are another of the diverse adventures in store for Chiang Mai visitors. Balloon Adventure and Chiang Mai Sky Adventure are the two principal operators of these genres of activity. Both operate from bases in the rural areas to the east of the Old City and well away from the fight paths of commercial aircraft taking off and landing at Chiang Mai International Airport.
The two only operate on good weather days and note on their websites that they do not fly in bad weather for safety reasons. The pilots who fly the microlight aircraft and the balloons are certified and have many years of experience under their belts. The two activities are offered as package tours with round-trip transportation from Chiang Mai, drinks and flight certificates included.
Last Updated: October 2018
Best Operators for Microlight Flying & Balloon Riding:
Balloon Adventure Thailand | Chiang Mai Sky Adventure | Further Reading
*Note: Prices do change, we recommend you to check with the operators before making reservations.
Flying Media Company’s Balloon Adventure Thailand operates from Horizon Village. The launch site is near the main highway to Doi Saket and Chaing Rai. Balloon Adventure Thailand offers early morning and late afternoon flights with about 50 to 60 minutes in the air and high above the rice paddies and fruit orchards of Sansai and Doi Saket. The packages included transfers to and from Chiang Mai hotels and pre-flight soft drinks and snacks. Morning flights come with celebratory champagne breakfasts while a gourmet dinner at David’s Kitchen is a fitting finale to the evening excursion.
Balloon Adventure Thailand: #200, Horizon Village & Resort, T. Cheng Doi, A. Doi Saket, Chiang Mai 50220 | Open: 05:30-10:00 (Daily) | Price: 8,800 B/Person/Flight | Tel: +66 96 868 4176 , +66 84 611 4128 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
Chiang Mai Sky Adventure is a one-stop operator of microlight flights and balloon rides. When the company was founded in the late 1990s it was the first to offer microlight flights in Thailand. Skilled pilots are at the controls for introductory flights in the locality of Mae Kuang Dam. The flights give bird’s eye views over the unspoilt landscapes surrounding the reservoir. Apart from in bad weather, microlights take off every morning with pick-up times of 06:00 in Chiang Mai. The maximum weight for passengers is 95 kilogrammes. The tour includes hot and cold drinks. Transport is free for two or more passengers.
Sky Adventure’s hot-air balloon rides are also early morning and come with similar Chiang Mai pick-up times to the microlight tours. The firm’s pilots say passengers always enjoy the thrill of drifting high above the trees, lakes and farms of the area. Depending on wind conditions, the balloon ride itself is up to 90 minutes long. A champagne breakfast marks the balloon’s arrival back on terra firma.
Chiang Mai Sky Adventure: #190, M. 3, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210 | Open: 05:30-10:00 (Daily) | Price: N/A | Tel: +66 53 255 588, +66 81 993 6861 | Website