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You dont have to take the balloon ride to shoot these. The balloon ride costs around $400 per person for 1/2 hour, if I had more time there, I would take the ride.
To take these shots, you'd need to be on top of some high enough temples with the views of these stupas in the front and also in the direction of the sunrise, so you'd need to have a local person who would know which spots are best for sunrise. I just happened to hire a horse carriage driver in front of my hotel, who took me there on his stupa at 5am. The stupa that we went to, was obviously not in the condition for regular tourists, but only for the locals, because the stair to climb up to the top was kind of not in good shape, but not too dangerous either, just not in the shape for regular tourists, but the beauty of this is that we were all by ourselves on top of this waiting for the sunrise.
Also, I did not anticipate that the 70-200mm lens was such an important lens for these images instead of my wide angle one, and I used it for the entire time for this location. I almost thought about leaving the 70-200mm lens home.
Hope that helps.
Thanks so much for the information, Binh. I appreciate it.