Ridiculously Long Zip Lines, Treehouses & Gibbons!

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2010

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Bokèo,
Saturday, January 23, 2010

Afternoon All!

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! The drive was shaky to say the least, driving through a river at one point in our land cruiser...

... 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! One morning we went searching for Gibbons, following their singing, and it was so misty that we looked like we were above a cloud as we couldn't see below us! Check out the video's that we've uploaded below and you should grasp an idea of the scale of it all!

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!!!!
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Dad Dawn and Ben on

Wow! You are both so brave! It's so high up, not sure if I could do that, but I bet it felt great when you had done it!

You have both experienced so much already, but seeing people with very little is a really grounding experience of a different kind. Something I'm sure you'll never forget.
The video is amazing,makes it seem as though we are there with you both.!
The hen looks a little like ours although maybe not as cheeky! They were in the house today strolling around as though they had always been there! Ben chased them out when he saw they were going for his jam tarts!

Ben was captain of his football team today, don't ask what the score was!

The roof is nearly on now. It is really being to take shape. The openig doors on to the juliet balcony from the master bedroom go into the roof space and form a V shapr in the roof. Fantastic views over the valley. The velux windows in the ensuite and main wet room are in now at the back.

Lyndsey had her baby 10 weeks early! Little Alice is 2lb 12oz and doing well!
So another cousin.

Love to you bothxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Dad, Mum & Ferguson on

We are lost for Words, Stunning & Amazing, you both are so fearless.
the videos are brill, hope Paul managed to get off the zip OK, By the way where did the monkeys sleep while you were in their homes????
is this a relatively new experience, it dosen't look to have been built too long ago??

love to you both,
Dad Mum and Ferguson

Mum and Den on


We left a really long message but it seemsto have gone!!!! Must have fell off one of the zip lines into the chasm below!!!!

Love 2 you both xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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