Chiang Mai Travel Blog› entry 124 of 174 › view all entries
January 14th, 2010 – by: domnicella
Yesterday BJ and Colin and I did the "Flight of the Gibbons," which is zip-lining through the rain forest canopy in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai. Our day started dark and early, with a minibus ride out to the site. We were suited up with harnesses and helmets and sent off to jump from trees. It was a BLAST.
We had two terrific guides, North and Typhoon, with hilarious personalities to match their names. Our group consisted of us three and two American couples, whom we got to know throughout the day. We zip-lined for two hours, and just after our second run a local popped out of the forest and said something to North and Typhoon in Thai, and we were quietly led to check out two gibbons swinging through the trees.
So I saw gibbons in the wild.
A thrilling and hilarious morning spent zip-lining and thoroughly entertained by North & Typhoon's antics, followed by a hike up a waterfall and lunch, before being carted back to Chiang Mai. We'd already had a full day and it was only 1pm, which left a free afternoon to mellow out and wander the city a bit. My kind of day.
I bid farewell to BJ & Colin for the final time; our routes won't overlap again. I'm continuing through Southeast Asia before heading south to Australia and New Zealand; they're heading to southern India, northern Africa, and then finally Europe. They were wonderful travel companions, I really enjoyed our shared experiences over the past few months. I'm so happy to have met them.
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