Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…zipping through Thailand’s jungles and Wiang Kum Kam

When a brochure tells you something is the best attraction in Thailand, I can’t think of any reason to question that.

Especially when it turns out it quite possibly is the best attraction in Thailand.

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Flight of the Gibbon is totally ace. There weren’t many gibbons, and ‘flight’ is probably the wrong word, but spending three hours of my morning ziplining and abseiling through a jungle is probably the best way I can remember having spent a morning. And I got a free T-shirt. The best way I can remember spending an afternoon is at Tiger Temple.

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Here’s a video of me ziplining the longest wire in the jungle, which is 800m long and lots of m high. (Turn your sound off because it makes a horrible noise.)

Also ace, but in a completely different way, is Wiang Kum Kam. It’s a bit like Ayutthaya, but just north of Chiang Mai rather than Bangkok.

Pu Pia Temple

Wiang Kum Kam was founded in 1286 AD by the same bloke who established Chiang Mai. He set up Chiang Mai because he was worried the Burmese were going to do something naughty. Which they eventually did in 1600 AD, when they invaded and destroyed the city. Later the nearby river changed its courses and flooded the site, which ruined things further. Which is a shame, because it looks like it would’ve been quite nice.

E-Kang Temple

The tour takes in six of the main (or only?) spots left which vary from ‘not very much left’ (Wat Nan Chang) to ‘basically all still there’ (Kuu Kham Temple).

Kuu Kham Temple

Considering that ever other temple in Thailand is pretty much perfect, it’s nice to see some that leave a little to the imagination. And there’s always something a little bit magical about ruins.

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One Response

  1. Dave says:

    You slave to (correct as it turns out) marketing gimmicks, you.

    I was less impressed with a ‘The Best Canopy Walk in South East Asia’ this week. The other canopy walks in South East Asia must be bloody terrible.

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