The 2-day Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 concluded great success; for 4 consecutive years, the annual event saw presence of more than 100,000 visitors. For 2018, it records 180,000 visitors; the event was held at Padang Polo on 24 and 25 February 2018, from 7 am to 9:30 pm. Not only visitors get to witness the colorful display of 16 hot air balloons, they can partake in different activities such as tethered balloon ride, experience the cold inflation, reverse bungee, creative workshops etc; there are many exhibitors and food stalls available as well... almost like a mini carnival!
Some of the Hot Air Balloons
Witness the 'inflation' process of the Hot Air Balloons
Tethered Balloon Ride
The tethered balloon ride is a popular activity, tickets tend to be sold out early. 150 tickets were allocated for the public group (not including VIP tickets). We joined the queue for tethered balloon ride at 6:15 pm and only managed to ride at 7:30 pm, so do plan accordingly. The ride brought us to 50-60 feet high (approximately 3-4 storey high) and the ride lasted for a little less than 10 minutes. If you must know, the ticket is priced at RM 50 nett per pax... not exactly great value but more for the novelty experience.