The Gibbon Experience
The Gibbon Experience
4.5
National ParksNature & Wildlife AreasZipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Huay Xai, Laos
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Travellers' Choice
2024

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LET GO LEASH • Alecia
253 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The ONLY reason this isn't getting 5 stars, is because I have a dietary restriction (gluten free), and there was an issue with the dinner provided that made me sick. Let's start with the negative, and end with the positives. They verified multiple times that they were able to accommodate for celiac, but really didn't understand what that meant. When we got to the treehouse after a full day of zip lining and hiking, the women in the nearby neighborhood had cooked a beautiful spread of food, but all of it had soy sauce in it. It was VERY challenging to try and communicate and figure out if I was allowed to consume any of the food, and none of the guides were there to help translate. We were attempting to communicate via cell phone translation and there was a lot of frustration and miscommunication. To be clear, if they couldn't accommodate for my dietary restrictions, I would have been fine bringing my own food. The frustration came in where even after they made some more food, I didn't feel comfortable eating it, and actually felt sick the next day.

Now, onto the positive! This was the most fun I've EVER had ziplining. These were high, far, and fast. The size of the group was perfect both for meeting new people and not having to wait an insane amount of time in between the ziplines. I did the 2 day option, which was more rigorous (hiking wise). We got to hike through massive bamboo forests and see beautiful terrain. We arrived to the tree house to see sunset and have the most amazing shower I've ever had in my life. The guides returned after dinner to laugh and played games with 'happy water'. It was a special bonding experience with our guides and everyone in the group! The second day we were up early to zip out of the shelter and hike our way back down the other side of the mountain to a farm where we all got to jump into a lake to cool off before our final meal together.

The guides also did a fantastic job of offering to take photos and videos on the ziplines.

The gibbons experience provides baseball hats that have a plastic protection on the inside (like a helmet) to protect from the ziplines. They also provide gloves and harnesses (obviously). I would suggest bringing more water than they suggested (I brought 2 big bottles and was the only one with any water the second half of the hike. It was also a very hot day). The bugs and flies were very bad the time of year we were there. Bring lots of sunscreen and bug spray. Wear appropriate hiking shoes and bring a phone leash if you want to take videos.

Additionally, with our group we had to share "mattresses" (actually very comfortable thick sleeping mats) with another person (they were the equivalent of a queen bed). Most of us were backpackers and were fine with that, but it is a good thing to be aware of if that is something you would be uncomfortable with. We also had a family (husband, wife, and son). The son was 12 years old I think, and he was struggling the end of the first day and second day because it was so much strenuous hiking and activity. I think if I had gone as a 12 year old I would have actually loved it, so I think it depends on your family and kiddo. The family had their own level of the tree house to sleep on away from all the others.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this tour/experience. Although, we did not see any monkeys...
Written 31 May 2024
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Thomas
Utrecht, The Netherlands4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The gibbon experience was amazing. I didn’t knew much about it but someone in a hostel said it should be amazing so i decided to do it. I loved the zip-lining and the food and the accommodation was also great. Our guides Nor and Wong were also so friendly and very excited!
Written 8 April 2024
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Marissa N
Detroit, MI18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Highly recommend! We chose the classic tour and had a great time and even saw gibbons! (One of the other guests on our tour captured a great photo! Attached). Every single guide was very kind, helpful, and always kept us safe. It was a privilege getting to learn about the jungle from the guides who live there and love it. Plenty of food was provided each day, and the bathroom (clean toilet and shower) was located in the treehouse itself. Recommend close-toed hiking shoes for the jungle/zip lining and lots of bug spray.
Written 5 April 2024
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Iana
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It was a very fun adventurous experience with a 2 hour hike across the mountains and many long zip lines for you to experience flying through the forest canopies afterwards. Our tour guides were very friendly and at the same time very informative about the place. It was raining during our hike but the tour guides took good care of all of us and everything went well. However, you should consider bringing insect repellent since there are a lot of mosquitoes, bees, and other insects along the way as well as at the tree house. We did not see any gibbon but the overall experience is worth every penny. Give it a shot and experience the world's biggest tree house!!
Written 24 March 2024
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ockers2011
Manchester, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Quite possibly one of the best experiences of our lives. The adventure from start to finish was brilliant. It’s a close to nature as you’re going to get. Our guide Khampi was so relaxed yet ensured our safety all the way. The exhilarating feeling of zipping so high above the trees was unforgettable. There is plenty of food so you won’t go hungry. This was planned as the finale to our 7 week SEA tour. The classic was the perfect length for us! Definitely recommend it.
Written 18 February 2024
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Emily G
Sweden7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Great experience! Best in Laos. Amazing views, zip line and treehouse. Great guide, Ki was the best guide we could have had. Really recommending taking this tour.
Written 24 January 2024
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mara m
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a month long tour scheduled for Laos. We were most looking forward to The Gibbon Experience. One week before departure (after a year of planning, confirming and paying for experiences), the folks at The Gibbon Experience contacted us and told us we were too old. All our birthdates were on the forms submitted. We saw nothing on the website to indicate an age limit and don't believe it appeared on their website until they cancelled us. At that time, it was buried very deep in their literature. Furthermore, as health care providers, we think their policy of allowing 8 year olds is absurd. I guess they don't care about them because they take no responsibility or liability for anyone and you have to "sign you life away no matter what". And they left our itinerary "hanging" for three days (very inconvenient!).

This is a group of 65+ who exclusively travel off the beaten path. We've all zip-lined, climbed as much as 2000 feet in a day, rappelled off cliffs, did technical rock-climbing, lots of jungle trekking, etc. We offered to send proof and they ignored any attempts to justify our participation in this experience. Their excuse was "we get our worst reviews from older clients". Well guess what, they got one anyway. We saw a number of younger people head out for this experience who we could out-hike and out-climb. THE AGEISM WAS APPALLING!!!
Written 19 January 2024
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Hello, We deeply regret the inconvenience you’ve experienced and understand your disappointment. We assure you that it was never our intention to cause any distress. Our age limit policy is stated on our website, including the booking page. However, we understand that this information may not have been adequately communicated to you by your travel agent. Although we do have flexibility on the limit, more than 10 years above the limit is usually not accepted. Regarding the booking, it was incomplete as the payment had not been processed by the travel agent. We understand that this might have added to the confusion if you already paid the travel agency. We value all our guests, regardless of age, and we’re disheartened to hear that you felt discriminated against. Once again, we apologize for the unfortunate experience and thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Written 26 January 2024
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crash4mark
Porirua, New Zealand213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This would have to be one of the best things i have done in my life. The ziplines, the jungle walks & the staff were all outstanding from start to finish…. Just an incredible experience that should be on everyones bucket list… go for the 3 day trip, you won’t regret it
Written 7 January 2024
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Markos Korvesis
Athens, Greece32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It was a great experience full of ziplining and hiking; the treehouses had fantastic views, and the food was also amazing! I loved my 3-day, 2-night stay with the Classic tour. We didn't see or hear any gibbons, but it was still a great experience. Our tour guide was also very kind and professional and spoke fluent English, and his assistant was also very kind and supportive and spoke intermediate English.
Written 19 December 2023
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Maggie
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
If staying in the world’s highest treehouse, surrounded by pristine jungle, being spellbound by the hypnotic rhythm and harmony of nature isn’t wow factor enough, then add on 15km of zip line as your main mode of transportation and you have the makings of an experience of a lifetime. Which it was for us. Atith and Pon, world class guides, imparted their knowledge on wildlife, plant life, tribal usage of medicinal herbs and plants and gave us the basics on surviving in the jungle while we trekked from platform to platform. Three days flew by. Highly recommend for all lovers of nature and adventure seekers.
Written 27 November 2023
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