Thailand Adventure: Zip Lines, White Water, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking!

Zip line canopy rides through the trees in Chiang Mai.
Zip line canopy rides through the trees in Chiang Mai.

I was looking around for something online and I stumbled across this site for a company in Chiang Mai, Tree Top Asia that offers:

  • Trekking / Hiking
  • Waterfall trip
  • White Water Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Zip line rides through the tree canopy

I’ve not been to Chiang Mai yet, having missed the entire north between Nong Khai and above Bangkok. I’ve heard that there is some mountain climbing and hikes through some mountains, but I’ve not heard of any company that offers everything this one does.

I think in general the kind of visitors that come to Thailand are those that want to relax, shop, drink, and see the nightlife. I don’t think there are all that many that are adventurous and want to go on all day hikes or adventures like zip line rides or rock climbing.

Even in Railay beach, Krabi, world famous for rock climbing there are seldom more than 20 people climbing the rocks at any one time. Unless they’re so high up they’re invisible.

Mountain biking? Does anyone do this? I see so few tourists on mountain bikes that I don’t think anyone’s really interested. The sports fanatics don’t come to Thailand – and that’s hard for me to believe because it’s such an ideal place for everything. I’ve considered getting a mountain bike about 9 times over the past years and I always put it off thinking that running is just as good. I’ve considered starting a mountain bike rental store with tours. I just don’t see that there’d be many takers. Recently I’ve noticed some online mentions of Krabi Bike Tours – which has some overnight and 1-day Krabi mountain bike tours. Not sure if they’ll pull enough business to make it. I’m pulling for them!

In fact, in Ko Samui they had a mountain bike tour company named Red Bike or something like that. The trails were awesome, but they ended up closing. Why? Not enough people I suspect. Their web site made it seem like the ultimate mountain bike adventure to me – and I was psyched to try it. The hills were steep and the views incredible. By the time I got over there they had closed up. I think the trails were too ambitious for Thailand’s lazy visitors.

So – if you’re up for a lot more adventure than just bungy jumping head up to Chiang Mai and check this company out. Seems like they have quite a cool experience to offer. Oh, they also have homestay opportunities in a village in the mountains. Lots of photos on their site and the prices seem reasonable  – like 2400 baht to 6000 baht for what I think was an all inclusive package. Got a break from teaching this October? Head up there before the rains get too bad! Let me know how it goes, or if you already tried this place.

Thailand Index Cards (a batch)

I had these index card jokes in a folder and I”m not sure which have not been posted yet. I’ll just post the batch. As you might be able to tell, I’m still messing with the format – I just don’t know what looks the best. If I could draw a straight line with a marker, that’d be a start I think… :|

Ok, here goes…

Leeches on the Bollocks….


I may be getting old.

I’m 40 now and everything I see makes me think about the negative consequences…

When I was young I ruled the world. I played soccer (football) for 18 years. I ran running races. I competed in bicycle races. I climbed mountains. I did triathlons. I spear-fished almost daily for years. I’ve ridden 15 foot surf on the North shore of Oahu… I’ve mountain biked down treacherous paths both in Virginia and on Oahu. I’ve caught deadly snakes. I’ve snuck out of the house and taken the car at 15 (and crashed it). I’ve surf-fished chest high in the ocean in Florida and been knocked into by a “bull shark?” that was pulling the trout off the stringer that I asked my g/f to place around her neck… (she was being pulled under while the shark barrelled into me!)… I’ve done all kinds of whacky shi& when I was younger than 18 which we’ll not go into… In Tampa I’d race my Acura Integra up Dale Mabry highway late at night and be doing 130+ and feeling like it was the coolest thing in the world… felt good to be alive… or in Hawaii in the Air Force I’d take my motorbike off-road in a split second decision if I saw a path – and just fly through the woods fast and recklessly!

Just because I COULD.

But now, look at me… I’m getting like my friend Dave – afraid of life.

What happened to me?

I see these kids at the waterfall having the time of their lives – they were locals – had swam there many weekends… and all I can think about is that they are diving WAY too close to the side of the rocks, but not only that – what about submerged rocks?

I’ve met a guy paralyzed by a dive into a freshwater swimming hole. He’s an accountant in Maui now. Had a promising career as a tennis pro before it happened. Now he goes back and forth to work in his wheelchair enabled van, sits at a computer and goes home and sits in front of the TV.

That bothered me man… this guy was in MAUI! I was going out everyday and surfing, bodyboarding, snorkeling, spear-fishing, body surfing, climbing all kinds of ridges and seeing things that he’d NEVER get to see because the wheelchair doesn’t get him there.

I think that’s why what these kids was doing was eating me.

But, it’s not just that. I am generally afraid of all kinds of stuff now. Did I get smarter or just more paranoid?

My g/f and I went to rent a movie last night about 7:30 pm. It’s dark… I’m riding slower than I EVER have… about 40km per hour – because I was thinking about some blogging issues I had to resolve… and when I drive slow I can think too… and this kid goes FLYING by me on the left side of me – maybe doing 70 and he was NOWHERE near me really – 8 feet away – and my whole body cringed up like a dog being beat.

What happened to me man!

I feel like I should start doing something crazy again just to get my bollocks back. In fact, the recent snake hunting trips did that to some degree… adventure and danger…

Anyway, that’s the thought theme today… as I go to a waterfall and attempt to see the top 2 levels I’ve not been able to find before. Hopefully will come back with some pictures of leeches stuck to us.

My friend had a leech on his bollocks the other week and NOBODY took a picture. Can you imagine the VIRAL potential of a picture like that? I might put one on my bolls just to pass it around! Yah, in fact, i WILL! Shhhh, don’t tell my g/f.

She’s going to stay at the base of the waterfall while we go up – leeches REALLY skeeve her out.

Ok – have fun- it’s a weekend…

Vern