Soaring between mountains and above green treetops, flowing streams and blooming paddy fields. After a long delay we finally mustered up enough courage to go ziplining in Chiang Mai. We enjoyed it a lot and recommend it to anyone!
Last year, Sander’s brother went backpacking through Thailand for the first time. When he came back, he told us a really scary story. He’d gone ziplining in Chiang Mai’s jungle and got stuck in the middle of the longest track, which was 400 meters long. He didn’t make it to the platform and then got pulled back. After helplessly dangling in the air tens of meters above solid ground for fifteen minutes, he was eventually saved by a heroic employee that managed to pull him back towards the platform.
This was more than enough reason for me, biggest wuss of all time, to stay far away from any zipline track in Chiang Mai. Which was going pretty well, until we received an email from Eagle Track Zipline, one of the best known companies that organizes ziplining and adventurous tours in Chiang Mai.
They wanted to know if we were interested in ziplining with them.
Sander quickly sent a reply saying “YES!”, and a week later we were picked up by a van in front of our guest house in Chiang Mai. No more than an hour later we were inhaling fresh mountain air and being hoisted into our harness by a cheerful employee. Damn. It’s really happening!
After some reassuring safety instructions it was time for the first zipline, which was about 100 meters long. One of the instructors called out “ladies first!” and requested me to come forward.
I was locked onto the cables, told to sit down and… “bye bye!” I got a small push in the back and before I knew it, I was gliding down the zipline at lightning speed, screaming my lungs out. Crazy!
It went really fast and… it was so much fun!
Smiling from ear to ear, I braved zipline after zipline, until I couldn’t see any cables anymore. Where to go now?
The answer was down. Before I could say anything I was practically thrown down and free falling from a height of 20 meters. WHAAAAAAA!
Then there were climbing nets, wobbly hanging bridges, a spider web and many more ziplines, ever increasing in height and length. We closed out the day by abseiling from a height of 40 (!) meters.
Though I didn’t expect to, I really enjoyed ziplining. I laughed and screamed so much. It was nowhere near as scary as I thought it was going to be – before you can blink you’re gliding through the air. Also, I didn’t get stuck, which was one of my biggest fears before going. It was just amazing and I would recommend it to anyone, even families with children!
Right after ziplining you will be brought to their local restaurant and enjoy an excellent Thai buffet with rice, green curry, pad thai, fried vegetables, soup, omelet, desserts, fruit, water, coffee and tea.
You also get a certificate and t-shirt as a souvenir at the end. Sweet!
Everything about Eagle Track Zipline
We chose Eagle Track Zipline’s Gold Package, which meant we could go gliding, abseiling and climbing to our heart’s content for up to two hours; and we still thought it wasn’t enough! Neither of the other two packages last as long, which is a shame. After all, how often will you get the opportunity to do something like this?
- Bronze: 1,600 Thai Baht
- Silver: 1,900 Thai Baht
- Gold: 2,400 Thai Baht
Prices include transport from and to your hotel, a locker, water, lunch, a certificate and a t-shirt. The track is suitable for children ages five and up (ask before booking) and for any adult weighing less than 120 kg.
What to wear and bring
- Closed toe shoes, preferably sneakers or hiking shoes
- Short sleeved shirt
- Sun cream
- Mosquito repellent
Address: 3/108 Rattanakosin Rd., T.Sriphum A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand