Yesterday we had one of the best days of our Asia trip so far. We did something we had been looking forward to for months and months. We finally got to experience zip-lining through the jungle with Flight of the Gibbon. It truly is one of the most amazing things we’ve ever done, and we will remember this day for the rest of our lives. This is something everyone needs to do at least once in their life. But maybe not if you’re afraid of heights since it all takes place pretty high up amongst the treetops.
The amazing day started by us getting picked up by Flight of the Gibbon by our hotel at around noon. We the tour called “The sunset Gibbon”, which is why we got picket up so late. There is a “Sunrise Gibbon” package as well, and if you choose that one you will get picked upp at your hotel at around 6:30 a.m. After getting picked up, we traveled about 1.5 hours up the mountains and into the jungle.
Once we arrived they briefed us about all the security rules, about what to do and not to do in the jungle and so on. We were assigned 2 “sky rangers” who were our guides throughout the entire afternoon. Through the entire zip-line experience there was always one guide on each plattform. One sending us off, and the other one receiving us on the other side. They communicated with each other constantly through walkie talkies, to ensure that no accidents would occur. We were in tje jungle for about 3-4 hours and I have to say, we did not feel unsafe at all, at any point what so ever.
There were some rules we had to follow throughout the entire day. 1: You should not run or jump on or off the platforms. 2: You were not allowed to handle your security lines/ropes. Only the rangers were allowed to handle the ropes to ensure your safety. 3: When going down a zip-line, it was not allowed to touch the cable with the risk of getting stuck between the cable and the pulley. 4: When approaching the next platform and you heard them yell (Legs up), you had to lift your legs up as high as you could. Everything felt incredibly safe and you always felt well taken care of.
The entire course took a little more than 2 hours to get through and it was 2 hours with a constant adrenaline rush. You can not describe the feelings that run through your body when you swing freely among the tree tops in a beautiful jungle in Thailand, how can you? There were different types of zip-lines during the course. There were ones where you went by yourself, there were places where you went 2 people together, one where you got hooked up on back and without anything to hold on to, you where supposed to just jump off of the platform, sort of like a bungeejump (incredibly scary but everyone’s favorite in our group). There were also places where you were hoisted down to a platform underneath.
After 2 hours in the jungle we had one of the best dinners we have had so far in Thailand. We sat down a large long table, and they put out all of these different delicious dishes. There was chicken curry, brown rice, vegetables, mushrooms, fried chicken, fruit and more. While we ate there were two people playing traditional music in the background, and it was just the most amazing dinner experience. We became such good friends in our group that we met up later in the evening for food and drinks.
Over all, I can only describe the experience as one of the most amazing things I’ve done in my life. I can not recommend Flight Of The Gibbon enough. If you are ever in Chiang Mai, this is a must!
Here is our blog from the day. We only make swedish videos at the moment, but we don’t talk much in this particular video so you should still watch it just to get an idea of the whole experience. Hope you enjoy it!