Ridiculously Long Zip Lines, Treehouses & Gibbons!
Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
47Trip End Dec 01, 2010
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Welcome to our next installment... Huay Xay, LAOS! The Gibbon Experience...
We crossed the border into Laos on the 20th Jan, one minute we were on one side of the Mekong River and in Thailand and the next minute we were on the other side and in Laos - crazy!
We had to register at the Gibbon Experience head quarters the night before we went on the trip which meant spending a night in a weird little town called Huay Xay... it was basically a ghost town with only 1 street of guesthouses and restaurants... needless to say we were in bed by 9pm!
The next day we met at HQ ready to start the 2 1/2 hour drive to the Bokeo Nature Reserve, home for the next 3 days
... we arrived at the Bokeo village where all the workers of the Gibbon Experience live, it was very poor and the people were all very young, this is because health care is practically non-existent so people don't live to be that old.
When we'd all arrived, 19 of us in total, we started our trek into the jungle, it was pretty heavy going and lasted about an hour. We then got fixed up with our harnesses and given a brief demonstration then it was off to find the first zip line and flying to our treehouse (number 3 was ours!)
"Saftey First" was pretty much our only instruction and "check, check and double check"! We weren't too sure what we were supposed to be checking for but we assumed it had something to do with being attached to the wire properly! : ) We had a really fun guide who sang Laos pop songs as he zipped through the trees he'd also picked up a phrase off an Ozzie... "Awesome, and the Power" he would shout as he jumped off the edge!
The height of the zip wires were phenonmenal, we were so high up that we could see the canopy's of trees some hundreds of metres below us
We lived in a treehouse with 2 other people, and everyone rated ours as having the Best View! This was because we were so unbelievably high up!!! We slept with just a bamboo roof over us, no walls and a thick mosquito net! We'd been warned that some treehouses got rats and that you could hear them scurrying around at night in the house, but luckily we didn't have to much of a problem!
All in all this is a highlight so far of our trip, a little on the pricey side, but so worth the money! Overall rating 12.5 out of 10!!!!