Angkor Balloon is a tethered hot air balloon that takes passengers up to a height of 120 metres above ground level for views across the Angkor Archaeological Park.
- Sunset & Sunrise: $25 USD for adults and $15 USD for children.
- Other times: $15 USD for adults and $7 USD for children.
- Children under 6 years: Free.
- Opening hours: 15 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes before sunset, every day of the year.
- Duration: 10 Minutes.
About Angkor Balloon
Angkor Balloon first open in 2003, and since 2018 it has been managed by Areophile which is a French company that manages 7 other tethered balloons in France and the USA. This is a very safe attraction. The balloon is connected to a thick steel cable and is raised and lower by a substantial mechanical winch. The balloon itself contains 6,000 cubic metres of helium, which provides 6,000 kg of upwards lift. The maximum number of passengers allowed in the fully enclosed platform is 30, which leaves around 1,500 kg of lift to allow for the force of the wind. The wind speed is carefully monitored and the number of passengers allowed depends on the wind speed. The higher the wind speed the fewer the number of passengers who can board and if the wind is too strong then the balloon isn’t allowed to take off at all. In case of an emergency, the balloon can be operated by the captain who accompanies each flight allowing it to descend safety in the extremely unlikely event that the cable breaks or the winch stops working.
Angkor Balloon is tethered to a point which is 1.85 km to the west of the centre of Angkor Wat Temple and 1.47 km to the south west of Phnom Bakheng temple. On reaching the maximum altitude of 120 metres above the ground passengers get great views of both these temples and of the surrounding countryside, and Siem Reap town in the distance. On a clear day you can also see the West Baray and the outline of the massive Angkor Thom complex which contains famous temples such as Bayon Temple. Angkor Balloon is located outside the Angkor Archaeological Park which means you don’t need to buy a pass to go into the park into enjoy this attraction, however, the location outside the park does limit the extent which you can see the famous temples. However, compared to helicopter and charter hot air balloon rides, Angkor Balloon is great value for money and most visitors find the 10 minute ride an unforgettable experience.
Location of Angkor Balloon
Angkor Balloon is located 6.4 km by road from Siem Reap.