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Gibbons are rare, small, slender, long-armed, tree-dwelling apes. Gibbons are arboreal, spending most of their lives in trees. Because they are so dextrous while moving in the trees, almost no predators can catch them. There are nine species of gibbons. Because of the rapid deforestation of their habitats, gibbons are an endangered species.
They differ from great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans) in being smaller, by not making nests, and in certain anatomical details, in which they superficially more closely resemble monkeys than great apes do. Gibbons also display pair-bonding, unlike most of the great apes.
Gibbons are masters of their primary mode of locomotion, brachiaton, swinging from branch to branch for distances of up to 15 m (50 ft), at speeds as high as 56 km/h (35 mph). They can also make leaps of up to 8 m (26 ft), and walk bipedally with their arms raised for balance. When they brachiate, they use four fingers of their hands like a hook (but not the thumb. They are the fastest and most agile of all tree-dwelling, nonflying mammals. They are extremely acrobatic and agile. They can also walk along small branches high up in the air, like tightrope walkers; they use outstretched arms to help keep their balance. Gibbons can also leap acrobatically across large gaps in the tree canopy from tree branch to tree branch; gibbons have been known to leap over 30 feet (9 m) in a single jump.
- Canopy Adventure tour Fligth of the Gibbon Zip Line 24 flatform
- VIP round trip transfer (Within the city of Chiangmai)
- Authentic Thai Lunch or Dinner set
- Complimentary waterfall hike
Escort guides/parents who do not do the canopy adventure tour, but accompany the guets/customers in the mini van will be charged at 800 THB per person. Include lunch and transfer.
Gibbons have a small, round head, very long arms (the arms are longer than the legs), and a short, slender body. Like all apes, they have no tail. They are covered with light-colored to very dark brown (or black) dense hair on most of their body (except their face, fingers, palms, armpits, and bottoms of their feet). Some species of gibbons have a white face ring, a band of white face completely surrounding their face. Gibbons have a hairless face with dark eyes, small nostrils, and jet-black skin. Their hands are very much like humans; they have four long fingers plus a smaller opposable thumb. Their feet have five toes, including an opposable big toe. Gibbons can grasp and carry things with both their hands and their feet. When they swing through the trees (called brachiating), they use four fingers of their hands like a hook (but they do not use the thumb for this). Like other apes, gibbons groom one another (they clean the hair of a family member).
Gibbons have senses very similar to humans, including hearing, sight (including color vision), smell, taste, and touch.
Male gibbons are slightly larger than the females. Males are about 3 ft (90 cm) long and weigh about 15 pounds (7 kg).
Gibbons are omnivores (eating plants and meat). They forage for food in the forests during the day, eating fruit (which constitutes about 75% of their diet), leaves, flowers, seeds, tree bark, and tender plant shoots. They also eat insects, spiders, bird eggs, and small birds.
They drink water, often by dipping a furry hand into the water or rubbing a hand on wet leaves, and then slurping up the water from their fur often while dangling above the water from a thin tree branch. The siamang, the largest and darkest species of gibbon, has an inflatable throat sac (called a gular sac). This sac can be inflated to be as big as the siamang’s head. It acts a resonating chamber for the vocal chords, making the sounds even louder.
Gibbons cannot swim and avoid the water. When on the ground (which is rare), gibbons walk bipedally (on two legs).
Program is suitable for children over 100 cm height
Maximum weight is 125kg, generally athletic persons whom are large are accepted.
Pick up time:
- Sunrise: 05:30 - 6:00(Available only September - March)
06:30 - 07:00
-Midday: 08:00-08:30 / 09:00-09:30
- Sunset: 09:00-09:30 / 12:30-13:00
From our given pickup area point
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
The policies on sanitization are:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.
On my bucket list was to zip line, and where better than above the jungle in Chiang Mai which I was visiting anyway. The driver picked me up on time, in a Lexus no less. They made another customer and I wait for a smaller group to arrive since there were huge Chinese tours all arriving at the same time. I was fine with it but they gave us free t-shirts anyway and the group of girls we ended up with were a lot of fun. There must have been 16 zip lines at least, hiking through the jungle, a couple of rappling drops and one free fall into a big rope net. We saw actual Gibbons and by the time it was over everyone was asleep in the van on the way to our hotels. It was an experience I wouldn't have missed despite my aversion to heights. The guides were great! Fun, energetic, it seemed like they were having the time of their lives. If you are going to do this be in halfway decent shape and be prepared to jump off small platforms way above the jungle floor as you rocket among the jungle canopy. Would I do it again? Now that I know what it is like, probably. All in all it was fantastic, Flight of the Gibbon made it the best it could be.
A few friends who had already visited Chaing Mai has told us about Flight of the Gibbon and raved about it, so I had been in touch with them a few weeks in advance to check info for our 2 year old. We knew that our other two kids would be fine, but as Rafi is a few cm's shy of the 100 cm cut-off, but we wanted to do it all together, I needed to check this. The reply was both speedy and informative…yes he could do it, if the harness fitted. If not we would split up so someone would always be with him back at the base. So we booked for a family of 4, although the online payment wasn't working at the time we booked, again we were emailed back super fast to say this wasn't an issue.
Even though this was the most expensive thing we did while visiting Chiang Mai in November 2012, I think it was worth the money (approx. 82€/person). We were picked up at our hotel in the morning (with a significant delay, sadly) and the subsequent drive to the site took about an hour. I have to say that the equipment they provide is in perfect condition. Our two sky rangers were funny, joking around and keeping us entertained, and they made sure we were safe at all times.
I can not recommend this trip enough! An adrenaline pumping experience in a great location with very friendly guides (who love a good wind up and know how to have a laugh). There is a very strong emphasis on safety and at no time did we ever feel like we we not in good hands. Of the three time slots available daily i would recommend going as early as possible as it's a lot cooler and we were told it was the best time to catch a glimpse of the gibbons which we most certainly did. Lunch is included too and unlike some of the other trips we'd been on was plentiful and really good food. If it's fun and excitement your after while visiting Chiang Mai then don't miss this opportunity for a great day out.
Great activity and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Chiang mai. It started with a short hike and I saw 2 gibbons before start ziplining. Staffs are professional and friendly. This adventure was the highlight of my trip
What an absolutely amazing experience- my fav when visiting Chiang Mai. Being high up in the jungle is incredible and we were lucky enough to see 2 Gibbons. The instructors are warm, friendly and knowledgeable- they made everyone feel comfortable and I can't commend them enough for making it extra fun.
Great experience, great safety guides, small groups only, comfortable transport from hotel, worlds longest zip line (850mtrs) chance to see gibbons in their natural habitat, nice lunch. A true must do if visiting Chiang Mai
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