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You zip line easily from tree to tree on a spectacular and gradual downhill course, taking time to linger in your favorite places, soaking up the fragrance, clean air and animal life. The safety team accompanies you and teaches you how to move through the trees with the speed and grace of a young gibbon.
Flight of the Gibbon FAQ
What is it?
Flight of the Gibbon is a ride through the rainforest canopy using a secure body harness suspended from a steel cable, which is strung between the ancient trees.
How long does it take?
Each tour lasts one day.
It includes about three hours in the canopy on cables and bridges, about one hour trekking along Mae Kompong waterfall, and about one hour for lunch and visiting Mae Kompong village. Add 45 minutes to one hour travel time each way to and from the site.
How big is it?
It is about two kilometers and its probably the HIGHEST of it's kind in the world. There are 18 stations, or treehouses.
What about kids?
There is not a minimum age but there is a minimum height of 1 meter (3' 3" tall) to fit in the harness properly. Young children are often taken in tandem with a guide.
Is there a discount for kids?
There are no discounts for children as they often require extra care from our staff. But this is a family-friendly adventure!
What is the maximum weight?
The maximum weight is 130 kg (280 lbs). However, the zip lines and rigging systems are engineered to hold much more than this and greatly exceed international standards.
Is it dangerous?
You are led by experienced guides who show you the easy way to be connected to safety lines continuously.
Does this tour operate during monsoon / rainy season? If so, how does the weather affect the tour?
This tour operates year-round. Monsoon season is a great time of year for Flight of the Gibbon, many people have the misconception that it rains continuous heavy downpours for months on end - the truth is quite different - in Mae Kompong we experience short bursts of heavy rain but generally in the afternoon or evening when the course is closed. At this time of year because the air is fresh and crisp and all the plant life is blooming.
If it is raining or looks like rain during a flight, the tour will still go ahead. Many find it can add to the fun. There is rainwear available on request.
Where is it?
It is located in the tropical forest of Mae Kompong, about 55 minutes from the city, on smooth roads at an elevation of 1,300 metres. The site straddles an impressive river and falls. The Temperature is commonly 7 - 9 degrees celsius cooler than Chiang Mai.
What does it include?
Pick-up from your hotel / guesthouse with aircon VIP transport.
Once at the site you will spend 3 hours, rigged securely, high up in the forest canopy, flying from treehouse to treehouse on ziplines.
Afterwards, provided in the price is a riverside Northern Thai set lunch and a spectacular waterfall trek.
After your trek, you are welcome to stay in the picturesque village of Mae Kompong where you can see traditional village craftsmen at work together with the famous Mae Kompong Waterfall. There is also a restaurant and coffee shop in the village where you can get refreshment for your ride back to your hotel/ guesthouse.
What if I am outside of the Central Chiang Mai area?
As long as it is not too far from central Chiang Mai it should still be possible, albeit with a small additional charge. Please let us know where you would like picking up from when you book.
What wildlife is in the forest?
There are over 200 bird species and an impressive (but elusive) collection of monkeys, bears, wild boars, to name but a few.
What should I bring?
Mae Kompong village is 1300 meters above sea level and can get chilly - a light jacket and long pants are recommended.
Please bring a footwear that does not easily fall off.
A camera is good to bring to capture the action.
Backpacks and sunglasses should not be taken on the flight but there are storage facilities in the office when you arrive where you can leave them.
It is also good to bring an open mind and a smile.
Why is it called Flight of the Gibbon?
Because it mimics the way gibbons navigate thru the forest and because the company that operates the experienve, TreeTop Adventures as a company is committed to the preservation and conservation of these magnificent primates.
10% of all TreeTop Adventures profits go towards gibbon conservation and other conservation projects.
Flight of the Gibbon - Related Links
- Flight of the Gibbon Reviews on Tripadvisor
- Flight of the Gibbon in The Nation Newspaper