Gibbons, Rhinos, Scropions, and Ping Pongs...

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
Trip End Feb 21, 2011

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So what is a Gibbon?  I think its a bird, but in my case it's a zip line tour through the rain forests of Thailand near Bangkok.  I had to be at a pick up point around the corner of my guesthouse at  7am.  I was met by a guy, named Leroy, from London in the minibus.  He had been in Thailand for 3 weeks and this was his last big adventure.  The ride took about 2 hours towards the direction of Pattaya. 1/2 hour of it was spent in traffic trying to get out of Bangkok.  I paid about 3200 Baht (100US) for the tour, but Leroy said he booked online for 2600 baht.  I need to look into tours online first in the future.

When we arrived, we were put into a group with some ladies that worked as flight attendants on the KLM airline.  I think they might have been Dutch.  They spoke English, but when they spoke the Dutch language, it sounded so funny.  We all got geared up and listened to a five minute presentation on safety.  We had to climb a steep hill to get to our first line, then off we went.  I bet we were at least between 100 to 200 feet from the ground at some points.  We had to walk across rope bridges and repel down to lower lines a few times.

After 3 hours of zipping, we met up at a outside table near a lake to have some lunch.  It was a nice calming view.  Before Leroy and I took off, I exchanged emails with the ladies.

The zip line tour was near the zoo so our driver asked if we wanted to stop off there for a bit.  We did and I got to feed some fruits and grasses to some rhinos and giraffes.  Feeding the rhino was pretty neat.  I had never been that close to one.

Leroy and I made plans to meet up for dinner, Darien fruit, and a scorpion later.  He wanted to take a nap and I wanted to catch up on my entries.  We ate a quick Thai dinner around 10pm then set off to find the bug cart.  We ran into a Darien fruit cart first.  Darien is known to be one of the smelliest fruits on the planet.  We shared some and It tasted ok.  I wouldn't order it again, but everyone should try it at least once.  We walked more on Khao San and not before long we found scorpions.  I went first and then he ate his.  We attracted a crowd around us.  We got a father of this Australian family to eat one too.  Then this random traveler ate one with some meal worms.  Yuck.  The scorpion tasted like lobster shell with no meat inside.  Not much too it.

We decided to relax at a outdoor sitting area to have a drink and met another couple from Australia.  They were very nice and convinced us to go to a Ping Pong show and actually had a place to recommend called Queen's Castle II.  They said the others will try to scam you out of more money.  Never trust the people on the street asking you to go to the show.

It was located in Patpong so we took a taxi there.  Luckily, the owner was Chinese so I was able to get special treatment, meaning no girls came over to bother us.  Girls were blowing ping pongs out of their you know what at us, but that isn't even the craziest thing they did.  They blew out candles on a birthday cake and even blew out darts to pop balloons a few feet away.

We had a long day so after just 1/2 hour of ping pong, we left for home.
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