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‘Flight of the Gibbon’

By Sanath Weerasuriya

Sri Lankan Adventure travellers now can enjoy the world of Rainforest canopy adventure at the one of the most popular adventure destinations in Thailand.

‘Flight of the Gibbon’ is the name of the game. The programme ‘Flight of the Gibbon’ is conducted in the heart of one of Thailand’s best natural settings boadering the 30,000 hectare Champoo Wildlife Sanctuary. On the other side by the Khao Kheo Open Safari, Thailand’s only ‘open safari’. Located in the ancient forests of Chonburi in traditional Thai village of Mae Kompong, the Flight of the Gibbon has established a warm and mutually beneficial relationship of the local community. The Chonburi site is located one hour outside of Bangkok and 50 minutes from Pattaya Beach.

Marlon and his team

The site will allow visitors to experience the majesty of the forest while engaging in fun, low environmental-impact activities. This will allow all humans to get back to their pre historic ‘tree top life’. Most of the adventure activities are well above 150 feet of ground’ said Marlon Saldin of Club Adventure, the local adventuer partner of ‘Flight of the Gibbon’.

‘Flight of the Gibbon’ is now a possible destination for Sri Lankan travellers with Club Adventure and Benn Carl Travels. Cathay Pacific is offering a package for all adventure seekers to the ‘Flight of the Gibbon’ with two nights stay at Ramada Bangkok.

‘Tha package will include return air ticket , two nights stay in Ramada Bangkok and ‘Flight of the Gibbon’ experience’ said Marlon. Flight of the Gibbon offers an exciting and exhilarating opportunity for a world’s longest zip line run across a virgin forest deep inside Thai jungle.

Organised by Club Adventure and Benn Carl Travels this is a full day experience for nature and fun lovers. ‘This exciting adventure takes you high into the canopy using ingenious system of platforms, tree house, cable and sky bridges for over two hours to exploit the rain forest in Thailand. It is a wild life paradise where you can see the wild starks and cheeky monkey and home to more exclusive gibbons, wild boars, bears, deer and hornbills’ he explained.

‘The start of the line involves a small climb to a vantage point and if this or the suspended scenery does not take your breath away, a cable running deep into the forest surely will, as this is going to be your transportation for the next 3 Km. Constructed by specialists New Zealand and Austrian engineers, this is the world’s longest and easily the most spectacular zip line’ Marlon said.

The total tour package is Rs. 58,500/- per person or family of two or more will be Rs. 55,000/-. This includes all airline charges and airport taxes, permits for the open-air zoo, adventure insurancen and hotel stay.

Club Adventure is fully owned by Marlon Saldin, who personally conducts most of the tours himself. Club Adventure is amongst the specialized adventure tour operators internationally, providing services in Mountaineering, Trekking, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Safaris, Professional Development Programs and adventure racing.

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