What to do in Phuket other than basking in the usual sun, sea and sand? Or the commercialised island hopping trips (because you’re not loaded enough to book a private yacht)? Or the glitzy cabarets and elephant shows?
How about doing the Flying Hanuman – ziplining through and above a Phuket forest? Plus it was my birthday so my friends pretty much let me do whatever I wanted to do <3
When I saw the Flying Hanuman website, the first thought that came to mind was, "WHY SO EXPENSIVE??" The full course of 28 platforms plus a meal costs 3,490 baht. Remove the meal and it’s 3,250 baht. A quick thrill ride would be 2,300 baht. But why bother? Might as well go the full monty!
Through TripAdvisor, I found that it’s cheaper by 500 baht to book via agencies, which was what we did. On the morning of our 8am adventure, we were picked up at our hotel and brought to Flying Hanuman in Kathu. Here we go..!
After registration and placing our stuff in the locker, the guides helped us with our safety gear. Not unlike SkyTrex, which is much cheaper but way more arduous.
There were 3 other people in our morning full course group – a friendly couple from China and a beautiful Russian part-time model. After a brief safety run-through, we were led uphill to the first platform. It was a less than 10 mins, but probably not the most awesome thing to do on a Sunday morning.
The fun part was, we saw a giant spider and a red land crab. Mother Nature is excitingly strange!
If you’ve done any form of ziplining before, you should be familiar with the procedures. I didn’t experience the sudden fear of plunge as I did at SkyTrex’s first zipline.
The guides were heavy on safety, which was fantastic! They know what they’re doing, and were very cheeky. Earlier on, I noticed one brought a soft toy monkey along. Later as I was ready to zipline across, he said to me,
“THERE!!!!” *points to his soft toy monkey which he’d placed on a branch*
Oh it was so fun! The views were fantastic, the ziplining part exhilarating! We went through 15 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, 2 abseil points among others. At one point, we had a 200m and 400m ziplines, one after the other!
An hour-ish later, it was over. I was surprised as I’d expected a longer time to complete the adventure. But I suppose we were a small group and didn’t have much waiting time. Still bloody fantastic anyway!
We were given a free T-shirt as part of our package, and led to the cafe area for our fresh fruits and meal. The food was tasty (and slightly spicy) but I suggest to skip it if you’re on the 8am course and already had breakfast.
Super fantastic! I’d do this again at anytime!
Joyce blogged about the adventure. It’s in Chinese so I don’t understand what she said. But she posted photos of the hot Russian girl, so there.