Emilia Plak and Mathieu Rouanet in Myanmar
In December 2013, Ozone Paramotor Team Pilots, Mathieu Rouanet and Emilia Plak, visited Myanmar where they flew some beautiful sites including the World famous Bagan temples – an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region. Bagan was made famous in the movie, “Samsara”.
“Mathieu and I went to Myanmar to be the first paramotor pilots to fly in Myanmar and over the Bagan temples with authorization. We were invited by Herve Flejo, a Frenchman, who has lived in Myanmar for over 20 years and is a passionate microlight pilot. He organized everything for us: hotels, transportation and authorization to fly.
Since the beginning of our trip I was amazed by the country, landscape, and kind smiling local people. We were traveling during 10 days starting from Yangon, visiting the scenic Inle lake, where we did our first flights. The main goal was to fly over Bagan. We arrived there in the afternoon and we easily found a place to take off for the first flight the same day in the evening. I remember very well this moment when, for the first time, we saw Bagan temples from flight. What a breathtaking view! We did 3 – 4 flights there and during one of them I landed out on an island in the middle of the river. I couldn’t take off again but fortunately local people arrived to take me to the mainland by small boat. It was a real challenge to explain to them where to take me as they did not speak even one word of English.
The most memorable flight for me was in tandem with Mathieu in the morning over Bagan, together with 10 hot air balloons. For sure it was one of the most beautiful paramotor flights I have ever done.
Myanmar is not an easy country to visit with a paramotor. It’s still military controlled and you can be arrested for flying without permission. I hope to come back there one day to fly in different locations, and to find out more about this wonderful culture and kind people.
Mathieu and I would like to thank Herve Flejo for making this wonderful adventure happen.
Here is a video from our short trip: