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Old Oct 14th, 2009, 10:05 PM
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>Ballooning is one of the safest activity but accident

Not so, see:

http://www.hotairballoonaccidents.co...tatistics.html

That's the figures in USA.

Statistics in the third world countries are much worse.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 01:50 AM
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If you posted something constructive, it would be great but hackneyed statistics that are 12 years old........... really.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 06:24 AM
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I expect we'll all enjoy the hot air balloon ride in Bagan in spite you you, Cat.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 06:52 AM
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>If you posted something constructive...

Snap out of the ostrich mentality.

Prospective travelers should be given the picture on both sides of the boat.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 08:45 AM
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Gee, Cat, do you think that travelers don't know that there are risks? Planes fall out of the sky, taxis crash, people contract nasty diseases... Of course, bad things happen at home. We are all more likely to be killed in an auto accident on our way to work than we are to be killed in a plane crash or a hot air ballon accident. Perhaps we should all stay at home and break bones by slipping in the shower...
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 09:54 AM
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>do you think that travelers don't know that there are risks?

I've seen enough crying babies.

Travellers should check with their travel insurance if hot air balloon accident in a third world country will be covered.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 10:54 AM
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lol lol lol. I love this.

Cat12345 means well. She's just a bit direct, that's all - with lousy timing. A buzzkill indeed. lol. It's a cultural thing. Yes, balloons fall from the sky but not very regularly. Probably Kathie's won't. If it does, I'm sure she won't complain to her travel agent.

Anyway, by then, she'll be an ex-Kathie.

Problem solved.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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I know buzzkill is a pain in the neck.

Death is simple.
Injuries like paralyzed from the neck down has a long way to follow up.

Have a safe trip and have fun!
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 12:28 PM
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Cat, I don't carry travel insurance. I do carry med evac insurance, which will arrange for medical evacuation for any type of injury/illness no exclusions. The insurance also provides for repatriation of remains. And my medical insurance pays for urgent treatment in foreign countries. So we're all set.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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Have a fantastic trip and you will love Burma-it's absolutely magical.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 12:58 PM
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Kathie - thank you for all your helpful advice - I will look forward to reading your report with interest when you get back from your trip. I intend to go at the beginning of Feb. for 2 weeks. How long do you intend to stay in Rangoon? Where are you going to stay in Bagan and Inle Lake?
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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Kathie - From our briefing before our flight with Balloons over Bagan last year it was clear that they take safety very, very, very seriously. All of the pilots have huge amounts of experience flying balloons all over the globe and they have a spotless safety record. Don't worry - you are in great hands. It will be a super experience!
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 05:25 PM
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Cat sounds like the female version of me, lmao.
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 07:44 PM
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I second that Mango. I ain't goin' up in no balloon. Driving is by far the most dangerous activity abroad, though, whether you're driving the car yourself or not. But ya gotta do it when you're "on the road." As a graduate of the 60s, I'm always amazed I've lived this long!
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Old Oct 15th, 2009, 08:52 PM
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Thanks to everyone for your good wishes. We leave in early November, return right after Thanksgiving. I will give a complete report upon my return. I will also publish my reading list.

Wonky, We'll have one day in Bagan at the beginning and two at the end. We're staying at the Inle Lake View Resort and in Bagan at Tharbar Gate. I wish we had two weeks there; we have to make do with a mere 10 days.
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Old Oct 16th, 2009, 04:33 AM
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Cat,
I am not in this case traveling on any side of any boat, but up, up, up in the air.
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 05:18 PM
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Kathie - we, too, stayed at Tharabar Gate at Bagan. Just wanted to mention that the front desk has bikes to rent for the day right at the hotel. Biking was a great way to see the temples (and to ride along to New Bagan). If you are interested in renting the bikes, let the hotel know the night before or first thing in the morning -- they have a limited number and they go early (and are inexpensive enough that people just keep them all day).
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 07:05 PM
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Thanks for the info, WinterTravel. We were thinking of just using the horse carts, but having another on our own option is great.
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Old Oct 19th, 2009, 10:22 PM
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see you in bkk....

put south africa on your list... it is quite lovely here
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