My oh my what a wonderful day… Well 3 to be precise.
The Gibbon experience (in Bokeo province, Northern Laos) has been a truly unique experience. It was one of the first things I read about when we knew this trip was going to happen and I really couldn’t wait to clip in and zip off and after a long, bumpy and dusty journey in the back of a pickup, lunch and a short trek we found ourselves at zip 1!
Well, as most of you know Joyce has a little fear of heights and I was nervous at how it would all go and if we would still be together at the end of zip line 1 let alone after 3 days. This nagging fear was unfortunately not lessened as Joyce flew off the first zip uttering the words, ‘I hate you’. Hmmm, maybe this wasn’t such a great idea. Well better go and make her feel better. Clip in. Zip off. See Joyce on the other side… Massive smile! ‘That was awesome’, she said. Okay, I think we’re alright.
In the 3 days we tried to clock up as many zips as possible (I think I topped 40) and it may sound strange but it soon transitioned from being exhilarating to everyday but certainly no less fun… I’m still getting used to the fact that ‘zip lining’ is not a viable transport option outside the jungle and that I don’t need to clip a harness on before I leave my accommodation!
I can’t say enough good things about the experience. Flying over the jungle, the sun on your back, the wind blasting your face, and the sound of a Boeing 747 taking off by your right ear (that’s the zip line by the way) does not get dull. And you feel a real sense of achievement when you zip perfectly onto the arrival platform… ‘Like a boss’.
But the experience was far more than a few zip lines. Firstly, we made great friends with those from across the pond (a big shout out to Matt, Carlyn, Carlos, JJ Fresh, Levitan and Becca – wouldn’t have been the same without you). We ate well, hid and survived from weird and freaky bugs, ants and wasps, befriended a cat, walked through amazing scenery, swam in a crystal clear waterfall, slept in treehouses 100m above the forest floor, learnt a new card game (Mafia) and showered in potentially the best shower anywhere in the world!