Ziplining in Southeast Asia

Temples, food, beaches, shopping, elephants…. These are the highlights for most visitors to Southeast Asia.
 
But how about ziplining?

 
Many ziplining companies have set up shop in Thailand and Cambodia, even in Laos, and a visit will be a highlight of your vacation. It is also a way to support a green business (there are still many forests in Southeast Asia, and one way to keep them intact is to support businesses that use the forests in a sustainable way).

Consistently top-rated for ziplining is Flight of the Gibbon (FlightOfTheGibbon.com and TreeTopAsia.com). With their locations in three of the most visited sites in Southeast Asia, adding a visit to your itinerary should be easy.
 
Why Flight of the Gibbon?
 
Flight of the Gibbon is the originator of ziplining in the region. They did their homework to find the best locations, secure approvals and to design, engineer and maintain safe facilities and equipment (using New Zealand experts). They use triple-bolted construction, attach all lines independently, and exceed the highest international safety standards.
 

Flight of the Gibbon has well-trained staff who are good at their jobs, speak excellent English, and know how to ensure that guests have a fun and safe experience. Safety briefings and checks are thorough, and they adapt to each guest’s comfort level, height and weight (especially for kids), and the use of a still or video camera.

They also donate 10% of their profits to gibbon rehabilitation programs.
 
Flight of the Gibbon’s locations
 
Whether in Thailand or Cambodia, a Flight of the Gibbon location is near you:
 
Near Chiang Mai, Thailand

Featuring 7 km of ziplines (18 of them!) including the longest single canopy zipline in the world, at 800 m. This course is in a 1500 year old rainforest, less than an hour from the old city of Chiang Mai. Read more about what you can expect here: http://traveleater.wordpress.com/ziplining-in-chiang-mai-with-flight-of-the-gibbon/
 

Where to stay Chiang Mai?

For exceptional service: Rimping Village
A convenient and quiet location: De Lanna Boutique Hotel
Modern luxury: Dusit D2


 
Angkor Archeological Park, near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Just 30 minutes outside of Siem Reap (near the “Tomb Raider” Ta Phrom temple) with 10 ziplines, 4 sky bridges, 21 platforms, spiral staircases circling giant trees, and a 15 meter abseil finish. A great way to cool off from temple tramping.
 

Where to stay Siem Reap?

A boutique hotel close to the temples and to Flight of the Gibbon: Pavillon d’Orient
A five star luxurious oasis in the heart of Siem Reap: Park Hyatt Siem Reap
Foodies’ favourite for cooking classes and street food tours: The RiverGarden Siem Reap
The luxurious place to unwind in a real Khmer village: Sojourn Boutique Villas
Sophisticated, great service and beautiful (plus an excellent chef!): Heritage Suites
If you like large spacious resorts with all the services: Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa
Unique designer suites showcasing locally-based artists: Hotel Be Angkor of The One Hotel Collection
“Open doors, open hearts”: Shinta Mani


 
Near Bangkok / Pattaya (Chonburi)

An hour from either Bangkok or Pattaya, in the Chompoo Nature Reserve. This site features the highest zipline in the country, just one part of the 5km course. The excursion includes a tour of the Khao Kheow Open Safari Park.

Always wanted to fly? Both kids and adults will enjoy a half day’s ziplining with Flight of the Gibbon, exploring the tree canopy from the perspective of a gibbon.
 

Where to stay in Bangkok?

One of our top 5 hotels, with phenomenal dining and spa: Hansar Bangkok
Feel like a 19th century explorer in a modern skyscraper: Hotel Muse


 

 

 

Blog and pictures by Johanna Read

 

3 Comments

  • Love this post! Need to put this itinerary on my list in the next couple of years.
    Thanks for sharing!

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