An adventure with Flight of The Gibbon


You might wonder what does Flight of The Gibbon (FOTG) mean, sometimes people think that it is to observe a nature program or even to watch the gibbons swing from tree to tree. Well, you could not be far wrong from that, only difference is in the Flight of The Gibbon adventure it will be you whooping and screaming as you swing from tree to tree! Think not? Try it and see!

 Flight of the Gibbon Zipline tour in Chonburi

You might wonder what does Flight of The Gibbon (FOTG) mean, sometimes people think that it is to observe a nature program or even to watch the gibbons swing from tree to tree. Well, you could not be far wrong from that, only difference is in the Flight of The Gibbon adventure it will be you whooping and screaming as you swing from tree to tree! Think not? Try it and see!

 Flight of the Gibbon Zipline tour in Chonburi

Our adventure started with a morning pick-up from the Ariyasom Villa Boutique resort on Sukhumvit Soi 1 by the Flight of The Gibbon tour van of which the driver, Thanawat would also be our tour guide. The drive to Chonburi near Pattaya took about an hour and a half from Bangkok with a rest stop in between. Excitement was high as we turned off the highway and headed towards the Khao Kheow Open Safari zoo where FOTG was located. We did another brief stop at base camp to register for our much anticipated flight, it took us about 10 minutes to fill out the forms which is a standard procedure for any extreme sport. Soon we were on our way again to the jungle camp where we are to prepare for our zip line flight experience!

It was another 10 minutes drive through the open zoo grounds and along the way we saw some deers and wild buffaloes grazing along the sides, we could actually put our hands out to touch them if we wanted too. Our transport came to a stop in what looked like a little shelter but all looks can be deceiving. It was the entrance way to the main site for Flight of the Gibbon experience. We took a brief five minute uphill walk through the jungle pathway to the second site. Soon we were greeted with a large, you could say elevated lanna outfitted with nice seating, rows of long tables and off course the equipment section. We were greeted by our chief sky ranger ‘Gin’ and his crew of fellow sky rangers who gave us a briefing on safety and our equipment. We were hustled up to the equipment area and assigned to the sky rangers who will outfit us with the flight harnesses, safety helmets and a brief demonstration of how to land while on the platforms.  We were encouraged to take a group photo as well as an individual one for keepsake mementoes of our experience then off we went for the 15 minute hike to the first tree!

 FOTG13

The hike was mostly uphill with a brief respite of level ground but the anticipation of our zip line flightmade it seem easy as we heard the excited hollers and whooping of the group before us.  In no time we made it to the tree that would be our first platform, it was a 50 meter walk up the staircase on the tree to get to the top, all the while clipped to safety lines. Our sky rangers were really experienced and we felt safe all the way. Once at the top, which seemed an awful way down, we were clipped to a secondary line and asked to approach the edge of the platform where there was a long steel cable extending all the way to another tree platform much further down. Each person was to take off one at a time, so this is what they meant by ‘flight’! We assumed a relax sitting position, our weight supported by the harness and after another briefing on how to hold on to the roller and line to counter balance our swing, we left the platform one by one. What a thrill it was to zip through the tropical rainforest treetops at such speed! The wind blowing on your face as you zoom down the zip line. Before long we reached the next tree top platform, eager to start on the next!

Time seemed to short, it was no surprise that we ourselves were soon screaming and whooping very much like the gibbons! There were 23 platforms all in all and after the journey there it seemed to have ended too fast, if we could go another round I am sure most of us would have. The last platform was where we abseiled down to the camp itself where we first started off on our hike. We could have tried the new Go Gibbon! Experience which is a jungle gym of all sorts of obstacles but the euphoria of our flight left us wanting for more. Once back on terra firma, we were lead back to the equipment section to remove our gear but no worries, there is always proof in the pictures that you were there gear and all!

We made our way back to base camp where we had a great lunch of green curry, fried vegetables, fried egg and rice with a platter of fresh fruit at the new cafeteria. It was actually quite pleasant to sit there and watch the animals but our tour package included a tour of the Khao Kheow Open Safari zoo. Our guide took us on a drive around the zoo grounds showing us the various highlights. We saw 3 baby lions up close and personal, a few really large African rhinos that seemed like they sharpened their horns often and the steel railings holding them back seemed so puny compared to their size! We fed the elephants, played with the giraffes and off course went to see the elusive gibbons! We were not fortunate enough to see the ones in the wild and had to settle for those in the zoo!

The Flight of the Gibbon experience is one that must be tried at least once in your life when you visit Thailand. The thrilling feel of free flight as you zip from line to line is second to none as what the gibbons must feel like when they do it so naturally. Don’t we just envy them and this is as close to experiencing it with the Flight of the Gibbon Zip line adventure. Safety is always first every step of the way, the sky rangers speak perfect English and are very confident in their safety instructions which is a comfort when you are that high up on a treetop! Everything from the pick up point to the drop-off back at the resort is par excellent and I for one would most definitely go a second or even a third time if I had a chance too! Our exhilarating one day adventure seemed just too short!

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