The Flight of the Gibbon™ Story
Our founders were a group of nature lovers who spent their weekends on conservation projects in the mountains of Thailand. In 2004, they were taking pictures of Gibbons in Doi Intanon. Someone in the group noticed some gibbon remains. The guide said it looked like poachers had killed the mother to capture the baby. The small bones next to her were from her unborn fetus. The seed was planted to find a way to protect the wild gibbon that day.
Fast forward to 2007. One of the founders found a pair of white handed gibbons dumped on the side of the road. It was later discovered they had spent over 5 years in captivity! Outrage turned to action. Flight of the Gibbon was created that year with a very clear mission, the protection of Asian wildlife and the re-introduction of the gibbon into the wild.
Tong Lorde and Tong Dee (a pair of white handed gibbons) were released into the wild on January 3, 2009. On February 23, 2010 they gave birth in the wild to a healthy son. Our friends on Facebook helped named him 'Mojo'.
In March, 2013 Tong Lorde and Tong Dee had another baby girl in the wild! She will be named in June of 2013, again by our friends on Facebook. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of our resident gibbon family.
In June 2013, as we open our new location inside Angkor Archeological Park, our committment expands to the jungles of Cambodia. Two gibbons will be introduced into the wild in July there as well.
Flight of the Gibbon Zipline Eco-Adventure Canopy Tours were designed to enable adventure seekers from around the globe access to the rainforest in the most exciting way possible, while protecting the eco-system. We know guests coming to Southeast Asia on holidays may only have one chance for this kind of experience.
Our zipline tours are unique and feature a combination of tree houses, platforms, cables, sky bridges and abseils, enabling each guest to view jungle life from all layers of the jungle canopy, a perspective previously reserved for a select group of researchers.
Our original tour started in the remote and protected rainforest near the village of Mae Kampong in the mountains near Chiang Mai, Thailand. The attraction became so popular, we opened a second tour located between the Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary and the Khao Kheow Open Safari Park, convenient to both Bangkok & Pattaya in a pristine section of the rainforest there.
Next, we created the Go Gibbon real jungle gym at the Bangkok & Pattaya location and expanded to offer multi-day tours from our Chiang Mai location. These two day tours include bike riding, kayaking, white water rafting, golf, rock climbing, cave diving and fun Eco-tour jungle treks.
All of our multi-day tours come either with a hotel stay or an authentic Homestay in Mae Kampong Village.
Now open in Angkor, inside Angkor Archeological Park in Cambodia, our new location will also offer homestays at Run Ta Ek Eco Village just 30 minutes from Siem Reap and several multi-day tours as well.
Canopy Tours - We didn't invent them - But we have perfected them!
Canopy tours originated in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica where adventurous biologists devised a system of cables and platforms that allowed them to study the previously inaccessible ecosystem. It wasn’t long before this developed into a breathtaking eco-tourism activity that not only allowed people to enter and experience the upper realm of a rainforest, but raised awareness to the plight and beauty of the world’s endangered indigenous forests.
Our Committment to the Community
We have directed much of our profit and volunteer resources into energy and money in the local communities and forests where we are located. For example, we work with local tribes, the Thai forest service, the APSARA Authority, and Chiang Mai University for rainforest restoration and primate habitat rehabilitation.
An important aspect of our tours is the education of the guest by our famous Sky Ranger guides. Many of these guides grew up near our locations and know the rainforest intimately. Others, who come from many countries, are taught about the wildlife, fauna and vegetation so they can share that knowledge. Don’t hesitate to ask our Sky Rangers!
Thanks to the tens of thousands of guests that have experienced the rush of the zipline, our sincere commitment and flown safely with us, our mission continues!