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Zipline above the Phuket jungle for a taste of the Tarzan life.
As I zip, in fact, as I zipline through the canopy of a Phuket jungle an old ditty comes to mind, "He floats through the air with the greatest of ease, this daring young man on the flying trapeze."
I'm neither young nor daring but am absolutely moving through the air with great ease, if not speed, flashing along a cable strung between two ancient ironwood trees. The apparatus that allows this – a pulley attached to both the cable and a harness I'm wearing – used to be called a "flying fox" but in recent times the adrenaline thrills industry has sexed-up its name to "zipline".
Swooping and whooping through the jungle used to be the exclusive domain of simians, plus out-there heroes and demi-gods such as Tarzan and Hanuman the Hindu monkey god. Fittingly, the beautiful, eight-hectare hillside of jungle that I'm now traversing is called Hanuman World. It's the newest tourist attraction on Phuket and a welcome respite – so much oxygen, so few tour groups! – from the traffic and clamour that elsewhere assail the island.
An array of zipline rides at Hanuman World provides visitors with plenty to scream about.
My three hours as a wannabe Tarzan-Hanuman start with donning a helmet and safety harness. The latter will hook me, via trolleys, onto the series of steel cables that stretch between the trees. I join a group of four, a young American couple and a Russian father and son duo. Led by our four English-speaking Thai guides we head uphill and then climb further on spiral steps winding around the trunk of a great tree. We reach the launch platform for the first of our "zips". There will be 15, of increasing length, until the last, a rip-roaring 400-metre flyer.
A guide hooks my harness onto a pulley that's attached to a cable spanning the green abyss. With a one-small-step leap of faith, I'm off! Gravity does the rest as I soar above the treetops towards the next platform, where a pair of "catchers" awaits me. It's over in a flash. The other joy riders follow, hollering. We cross to another platform and do it again, swooping across a longer expanse. It's like being Spiderman for an afternoon.
Safety is paramount, with the European-made gear, the rigging and platforms all being redundantly robust. The guides are exceptionally attentive and there is never a moment when we go unattached to either a safety line or zipline cable. This involves much hooking and unhooking of pulleys and carabiners, but any sense of vertigo or apprehension is soon forgotten.
All our "flights" are done single-file, with only one person at a time on the line, but the American couple gets to try the Tarzan-and-Jane option, ziplining in tandem on a "honeymoon sling". Between flights we also do three abseiling descents, the highest being 40 metres. Securely harnessed we drop from one platform in the trees to the ground, inhaling adrenaline.
During the whole adventure we gradually descend, zigzagging via 30 platforms, ziplines, abseils and suspension bridges. From one vantage point I look through the trees to catch a surprise view of the buildings of Phuket Town. It's a "before and after" vision of the once undeveloped island.
"Hanuman World is your opportunity to live the adventures of a god!" promises an advertisement. Hanuman, the mighty mythological ape who fought against evil is one of the most popular celebs in the vast pantheon of Hindu gods, but did he ever try the finale at his namesake park? It's called a roller zipline – an elevated, fixed rail (rather than a cable) that curves and twists 800 furious metres through the park.humor for dummies what is humor in the body chamorro de res jumor vk humor bone humor clipart humor columnist humor underground humor you synonym humor about death humor at work difference between humor and sarcasm incorporate humor into lessons humor off line humor fish out of water humor magazine since 1952 humor is tipos de humor rumors humor for the tumor humor genre definition humor jokes humor negro en ingles humor thesaurus humor used in a sentence humor yourself good humor near me house of humor near me humor off line humor through tough times collegehumor under the sea stand up humor humor without folly humoral humor you synonym humor among students 21st century humor among us humor by association humor during crisis humor from trauma off humor memes humor out of office message outdoor humor humor nexzdas pro bluetooth synonym till humor humor till engelska humor to deflect trauma humor and laughter humor vs irony without humor schumer box zhumor textove vtipy humor as a defense mechanism humor for the tumor humor for humanity humor her humor helps us cope with stress humor pronunciation humor risk humor styles questionnaire humor someone humor your stress against humor hiding behind humor humor from trauma aqueous humor made of how to improve wit and humor svensk humor under 100 år humor under medeltiden humoral immunity peliculas de humor schumer age zhumor facebook humor coping mechanism humor comics humor columnist humor life quotes humor me meaning humor tv humorous humor vs sarcasm humor websites humor xha braho humor against humanity humor at someone else's expense vitreous humor behind the eye humor contra vox humor during crisis humor during coronavirus humor for dummies humor from the pulpit vitreous humor inside eye humor in to speech bringing humor into the workplace humor out of office message humor past tense what is considered a good sense of humor humor with covid humor writing contests 2021 nomi black humor among us what forms the aqueous humor humidor drying out humor of the past humor publication since 1952 funny sense of humor healing through humor humor up jump rope rumohra adiantiformis tumor definition humor en ingles humor fiction books humor literary definition humor meaning humor rainbow inc humor rhetorical strategy humor u byu humor writers humor about time humor as a rhetorical device when someone says humor me humor by the book facebook humor contra la depresion imagens de humor contra o flamengo humor during coronavirus humor during lockdown inside humor humor into a noun sense of humor humor verb past humor nexzdas pro rim till humor humor advertising rumor has it humor in spanish humor ka hindi meaning humor louisiana humor of whiskey humor research lab humor rhetorical strategy humor writers humor will be randomly generated humor about cancer 21st century humor among us what does it mean to humor yourself humor during interview humor from a pentecostal pew what does humor mean humor un antidepresivo humor vs joke without humor humor xmas cards humor about death humor at someone else's expense what does the phrase humor me mean what does it mean to humor yourself humor from china like humor telegram like humor or smiles humor on resume workout humor rim till humor humor to cope humor up meaning humor un antidepresivo humor pick up lines humor via humor with a wry twist crossword what does it mean to humor something without humor we are all dead humoral immunity dhumorna cuento de humor zhumor jtmj humor for hope humor negro memes humor questions humor that works