Chiang Mai 2012: Ziplining (Day 4)

We knew we wanted to do ziplining, but as most tourists visiting Chiang Mai would know, there are two major companies to choose from: Jungle Flight and Flight of the Gibbon. Jungle Flight was slightly cheaper than Gibbon and after researching online they both seem to be very similar experience, so we went with Jungle Flight for 1,790 baht per person.

There is also an even cheaper, locally managed ziplining adventure, but we didn’t go for that due to safety concerns. I don’t think there has been any accidents there though, so it’s really up to you if you want to choose this one and support locals instead (Jungle Flight and Gibbon were both managed by foreigners from New Zealand). I think they are about 1200 baht for the same amount of ziplining. Just ask any tour companies and they’ll be glad to assist you.

Day 4 – April 28, 2012

We were picked up early morning (again) at 7:45am and headed straight to the jungle, which was about 30 minutes drive away. Upon arriving, we were each handed a yellow helmet with green hairnet to wear underneath, fitted into a yellow harness and picked up a mysterious bamboo stick (which we later learned is used to control our speed during zip lining).

Yes, we looked ridiculous

We took a short walk to our first platform, where we were briefed on what to do and how to slow down if the ride gets too fast. Over all, it was pretty simple and safe. Our first platform was a pretty short one:

This is the view from one of the platforms. It may not look like it from the picture, but it was very high up, and the forest was massive!

One of the longer platforms. It takes a good 8-10 seconds to reach the other side.

I’m not sure which platform this is, but I took a video of one of the long platforms that had me screaming like a little girl:

Serena looks calm and composed in this picture, but she was actually screaming all the way

Our first abseiling, a 20m plunge. This was really scary!!!

The trip also involved a bit of up hill hiking

This is our last platform: a long 40m drop. I ungracefully screamed all the way down

Tired after a whole day of screamfest, we happily arrive at the last point before lunch. They called it… happy ending. yeah…

And that concludes my amazing visit to Chiang Mai. I will end this post with a picture of our last meal at the favorite place Ratana’s Kitchen. My mouth is watering just remembering how crazy good and insanely cheap the food was back there…

Bye bye Chiang Mai!

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