Hot air balloon, Cappadocia lifetime’s experience

What is on my top list from traveling to turkey ?

The answer is Hot air balloon in Cappadocia. Since the first time I arrived in turkey, I always told all of my friends with “I WANT TO GO TO CAPPADOCIA”. Its not just because Cappadocia has an amazing scenery but also because of Cappadocia hot air balloonScreen Shot 2016-02-05 at 3.46.06 PM

Why do I really want to ride a hot air balloon ?

Because I cant find it in many places. Hot air ballons are available in some contries like Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, French, and more. As an Indonesian Citizen like me who only see a hot air balloon on tv, riding a hot air balloon seems a really cool activity.

How much money that I spent for this ride ?

Sad-fully it was so expensive for me, there was a fun story about it actually. When the first time I did some research about how much money that I have to prepare. I saw in Internet that I only have to pay like a hundred euro for one ride. Then I told my friends that we can share it, if we share 100 hundred with 6 people it ll be not so pricy. But, it was so sad when  i found that it cant be share with each other.

I forgot how much exactly that I paid for joining a hot air balloon riding, but it should be around 100-150 euro and it can be more expensive for a private or smaller group in one hot air balloon. The interesting part of it was that we have to pay it with euro. Here is the thing; I am in Turkey, Turkish currency is Turkish lira, but I have to pay it in euro. It was really hard for me because exchange rate from my country’s currency wasn’t good enough.

Where can you buy a ticket for this ride ?

Actually, when you are in Cappadocia. You will find it in many places there. You can find it on your hostel, hotel, some restaurants, travel agency, and hot air balloon company.

Cappadocia has a lot of hot air balloon companies. I was confuse to choose which hot air balloon that I wanted to take. There were a lot of choices that we can choose, either the cheapest one, or the expensive one but with a really good service and experience. But I do believe in the words of “I get what I’ve paid”, so me and my friends choose the most experienced and has a really good comments on tripadvisor. We took Kapadokya balloon for our Hot air balloon experience in the next morning.

In the next day, me and my friends woke up earlier than the time we usually woke up. We have to be prepared for the ride, at least wash our face and brush our teeth, lol. Around 5 am,  our Balloon company picked us and brought us to Kapadokya company’s building. On our way went to that place, I saw a lot of ballon had been flying to the sky. It was so amazing when the sky was coloured by the light of the sunrise and decorated by hot air balloons.

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On Kapadokya company’s building, we got a a coffe or tea with a cake. It seems like our breakfast, but its better than nothing. At the moment I thought that our company was late to fly, because I saw a others company had been flying to the sky before ours. But I dont know exactly when is the best time to fly.

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After a couple minutes, we went to the take off area. It took like a 10-15 minute to get there. The crew was rushing to prepare our flight. Our pilot in our ballon was Vural Demircioglu, he is a friendly guy.

After some preparation, finally me with 15 other people went to the sky. Well on our flight it was like a tour by bus. Our pilot always told us about anything, such as safety regulation, hot air balloon mechanism, and explanation about places that he took us to see.

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Literally, I saw everything that I saw when I was on a green tour. But we can see it from a Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 3.47.51 PM
different perspective, and i found that traveling in Cappadocia with out tour (
bus ) will be so difficult. It’s so vast and really hot. We can see many places like Pigeon Valley, Rose valley, Love valley, and Cappadocia’s houses from the sky. Luckily our pilot took us to a low flight. So we can have another perspective to enjoy Cappadocia landscape.

 

 

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After around 45-60 minute, our balloons prepared to be landed. It was a lit bit scary to landed. Because we have to help our pilot to landed our balloons, we have to follow our pilot order to make our ballon easily landed.

It wasn’t end just like that, we took a wefie ( we selfie ) together with our pilot, then we had a little celebration with champagne for our safe flight. Not only that, company’s crews did their celebration as well.

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There we were offered with our flight video, and a souvenir after the flight. But I didn’t have any interest to buy that because I didn’t have money anymore ! Don’t worry, I still got a merchandise from them anyway, a certificate written with my name

So it ended up my top list what i have to do in turkey, it was a really amazing scenery. Enjoyed a beautiful balloon flight over this extraordinary landscape.

P.s : if you are traveling with a really low budget, you only have to wake up earlier in the morning and you can enjoy beautiful balloons flight over Cappadocia. Especially if you take a green tour or a blue tour, you ll see exactly the same view.

Disclaimer ; i didn’t  endorse  Kapadokya balloon company nor work with them, it’s just my a little bit review about my experience with Hot air balloon.

 

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