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The World's 9 Best Hot-Air Balloon Rides

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There's no other experience like a hot-air balloon ride: waking before first light, watching the sun rise as you drift over the hills and towns below, and then touching down to a Champagne breakfast. Exploring a new place from the basket of a hot-air balloon ride offers a perspective you can't get any other way.

Hot-air balloon rides don't come cheap, but in these nine places they're well worth the money, from the vineyards of Tuscany to the temples of Myanmar. Click on any image to start our slideshow of the world's best hot-air balloon rides.

--written by Sarah Schlichter