Flight of the Gibbon

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Zipline - Flight of the Gibbon

Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Today was the day we had been looking forward to the most since our arrival in Chiang Mai.  We headed up into the northern Thailand rainforest for some zipline action.  The adventure is called the Flight of the Gibbon.  It claims to be the number one attraction in Thailand.  It boasts the longest zipline in the world, at 800 meters long (2,624.....and 8 inches).  IT spans a total of 7 Km (4.3 miles) of ziplines; the above link should spell it all out. 

This was an adventure of a lifetime, for a mere $100/person.   We literally go from tree to tree (22 connections in all).  Of the 22, 4 or 5 were suspended rope bridges....as though there was another option other than suspended.  Along the way, we learned a bit more about the Thai rainforest.  Did you know that bananas grow on an herb? 

Michele especially enjoyed the zipline connection where we were connected to a bungee cord, and unlike the other zips (for lack of a better word), you were tied from the back and were asked to jump into the open.  Of course, for Michele who's got somewhat of a fear of heights, it took a bit longer, so one of the guides took his liberties with my dear wife and generously helped her get off the platform.

The vids were captured on my GoPro camera, which was a hit for this experience.  I've been having uploading the vids on this site, so I've posted them here.

This excursion also afforded us the opportunity to hang out with a family from Hong Kong and a father/son team from San Francisco....both have invited us to visit; the benefits of taking trips like this.

Can't be wasting all my time writing a blog, especially while in beautiful Ao Nang (yes, I'm always a day behind), so I'll end here.

Oh yeah, poor Damien has bronchitis...but thank god cousin is a nurse and her office was able to see and treat him, so he's in good hands and we're back at being childless tourists.

Jean-Pierre / Michele
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Gerry lindo on

Coolphotos. Looks like you're having a blast. Stay safe.

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