17.05.2009 - 18.05.2009 33 °C
Gliding through the trees effortlessly. From tree to tree, high above the ground. Is that flash of colour a gibbon? No, it's Katherine. And me.
Today was a splurge day. We did Chiang Mai's top attraction - Flight of the Gibbon. This is a zipline course near Doi Saket mountain about an hour out of Chiang Mai. Pickup was early - before 7am and we spent a bit of time tiki touring around back sois picking up other tourists until there were nine of us in all. At first we were suspicious of each other - Dutch, Swiss, Irish, Guamese (?) and Kiwis but over the course of the day we became friends.
The course has 18 ziplines and 3 abseils. Some of the first few ziplines required us to break so we were provided with a bamboo hook that we thought looked like the enemy robots from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (roger roger). We placed the hook on the cable when instructed by the guide and it acted to slow us down. Overall, the course was brilliant and we had a fantastic time. It took about 2 1/2 hours to get around.
Afterwards, we had an early lunch then were taken to Mae Kampong waterfall. It has seven tiers but it's not very big or spectacular. Just a nice, ordinary Thai waterfall. We climbed to the top and back down again before being driven in air-conditioned comfort back to Chiang Mai. All nine tourists (even me) fell asleep in the van on the way back. Being a gibbon is hard work!
Last night we went for a big shop at the Sunday night market. This is way better than the night bazaar. Unfortunately there was a big tropical downpour halfway through. This coincided with the point where my shopping ability had flagged but Katherine was just getting started. Even so, I managed to outshop Katherine. She's a bit bummed by that. Anyway, when it rained I returned to the guesthouse with my bargains and left Katherine to come back alone and empty-handed an hour later.