The Gibbon Experience

Trip Start Aug 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 15, 2011

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Bokèo,
Monday, February 7, 2011

So this was the big ticket item for this trip: The Gibbon Experience. You can check it out for yourself here:

The idea is that there is a protected area of primary rain forest in Northern Laos, which had had issues with poachers in the past. The poachers have been converted into conservationists (as they make more money protecting the forest than hunting in it) by Animo (the company that operates the Gibbon Experience). The experience itself is a 3 day, 2 night trip into the jungle, where half of the locomotion is via your own feet, and half via a network of zip-lines that carry you through the canopy of the forest. So much fun. The zip-lines also give you access to a series of tree houses in which you sleep. The houses are in the trees about 100 feet up in the air. Very cool. Part of the idea is that you have the opportunity to spot Gibbons in the forest as well as other wildlife. Unfortunately, we didn't really see anything, but we certainly heard a lot of things! The cost of our admission into the forest helps to pay for the guides and the zip-line network, and once the infrastructure is completed, the entire thing will be handed over to the people of Laos. A pretty unique project I think! While not cheap...perhaps a little on the expensive side....the experience itself was really really cool, and the zip-lines are a blast! And luckily, my group of 8 was also a very easy group to get along with. Here are some pictures, and a few videos I took while zip-lining.
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