The Friday Photo #85 – A lot of hot air in Chiang Mai

Balloons in Chiang Mai

As part of my recent horrible tradition of getting nowhere near enough sleep and leaving the house before dawn, on Saturday I headed out to the Thailand International Balloon Festival with my friends Daniel and Dustin.

Despite a distinct lack of coffee the roaring burners and excited chatter of the growing crowd somehow kept me wide awake.  The balloonists quickly assembled their equipment, filled their balloons and quietly rose into the rapidly-brightening sky and drifted off to the south.  Within an hour it was all over … at least until they did it all again later in the day.

I didn’t see the afternoon version, however.  I might just have been having a well deserved nap.

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    Gorgeous capture!

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    December 5, 2011

    It's amazing what we miss because we slee through sunrise - the colours of the sky look beautiful.

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    December 6, 2011

    Cool photo Dave. And yes, getting up so early is marred by the lack of coffee, but more than compensated for by the colours!

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    Shirlene from Idelish

    December 10, 2011

    Beautiful photo!

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    Mica of

    December 10, 2011

    Lovely! You should also try to attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga here in the Philippines on February :D

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    December 13, 2011

    Nice shot!

    I finally got to go on a Hot Air Balloon this year for the first time. It was very cool.

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    Bohemian Trails

    May 28, 2012

    Looks really fun! I did a hot air balloon ride in Luxor and it was the highlight of my trip.

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    Dave is that Master Card advert? Ha ha ha lol
    But seriously nice shot, they all seems to be quiet close to each other.

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