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Taunggyi Balloon Festival Dates

Planning on going to Taunggyi Balloon Festival this year?

edit: The 2017 dates for Taunggyi Balloon Festival are still unannounced, however are more than likely to be 28th October – 4th November 2017 to coincide with the November full moon. As soon as they are out I will update this page with confirmation from credible locals in the area. Usually this is a couple of months before the event.

The 2016 dates for Taunggyi Balloon Festival have been confirmed as 6th November – 14th November 2016 (confirmation has come directly from the Novotel Inle Lake and the Aythaya Vineyard in Taunggyi) to coincide with the first full moon after Buddhist lent ends. The dates for Taunggyi Balloon Festival 2017 are as yet unannounced, however as soon as they are out I will update this page.

The festival starts in the morning and will carry on until the very early hours the next morning, with no official closing time.
For balloons with fireworks, head to the festival in the evening, for a more child-friendly time, stick to the day events.
There is also a fun fair with rides and stalls and plenty of food and drink stalls throughout the event.

Here is the programme of events for the week so you can plan your Taunggyi stay accordingly and not miss out.

Day 1 and the last 2 days are usually the busiest, with the final night getting very heavily and sometimes dangerously crowded.

06.11.2016
Day 1 is usually very busy with an opening ceremony in the evening.
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day time competition)
(The form of pagodas, ducks, dragons or even elephants)
– Hot air balloon competition (night time competition)

07.11.2016
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day time competition)
(The form of pagodas, ducks, dragons or even elephants)
– Hot air balloon competition (night time competition)

08.11.2016
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day time competition)
(The form of pagodas, ducks, dragons or even elephants)
– Hot air balloon competition (night time competition)

09.11.2016
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day & night time competition)

10.11.2016
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day & night time competition)

11.11.2016
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day & night time competition)

12.11.2016
– Weaving competition (Matho Thingan)
– Hot air balloon competition (day & night time competition)

13.11.2016
– Weaving competition
– Hot air balloon competition (day & night time)
– Kathine Procession (this is a procession along the streets of Taungggi)

14.11.2016
– The prize winning robe is then offered to lord Buddha with great ceremony at the
down of the full moon day of Tazaungmone
– Hot air balloon competition (day & night time)

For a sneaky peak into the kind of thing to expect when you are at the Taunggyi balloon festival, I took some video footage of one of the earlier balloons being set up and sent into the sky, plus the proceeding celebration once it had gone up safely and not fallen back down to earth. This was at the beginning of the night and so at this point it wasn’t to crowded, a few hours later, around midnight, you could not get onto the main field for all the people!

For a more indepth review about the Taunggyi Festival, check out my other blog post here

Taunggyi Balloon Festival Dates
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  • Charles

    Are you sure it starts on the 6th and not the 8th?

    • Hi Charles, this is information direct from the Novotel at Inle lake last week but you could always double check with the guesthouse you are staying in 🙂

      • Charles

        Thanks. I tried contacting Novotel but they didn’t reply. My guesthouse said their local calendar in Nyaung Shwe indicated the 8th to 15th but they’re looking into it for me. Someone also posted a photo from an official group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/175198886153815/photos/pcb.359590377714664/359589877714714/?type=3&theater) that indicated the festival might end on the 12th! However, I can’t Google translate the image (no Burmese on Goggles app :() and the article itself says something about going to the 14th anyway???!!!

        • I have double and triple checked with several hotels in Taunggyi and they confirmed the festival begins on the 6th November 2016. They also advised the busiest and most spectacular days (with the craziest balloons) are the last 3 days but all balloons begin on the 6th. The festival coincides with the full moon every year, finishing on the first day of the full moon. which is November 14th 2016.

          • Charles

            Thanks! I went on the 13th.