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Zipline tour launches

Flight of the Gibbon, Thailand’s leading zipline eco-adventure canopy tour operator, will open its first zipline canopy tour inside the Angkor World Heritage Site this month, and a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 8am this morning near Takeo Temple.

Jim Zigarelli, vice president of online communications and press relations at Treetop Asia, said the Angkor zipline tour will launch its website next week but will have a brief page up today.

According to a press release,  the course will feature 21 platform stations in the treetops including 10 ziplines, four sky bridges, a  tree house and a 50 foot  abseil down from the treetops at the finish.

An added highlight will be the re-introduction of the extinct wild gibbon into the rainforest in late June.

The press release states, “Flight of the Gibbon was selected by Apsara Authority, who oversees all activities in the Park, as much for their knowledge and commitment to protecting the rainforest, as for their expertise in zipline eco-adventure canopy tours.”

The press release also quoted Mr Imsokithy, Apsara information officer as saying, “The Apsara Authority has been working for years to protect both the water and trees inside of Angkor Archeological Park…Flight of the Gibbon has the proven record to guarantee us that the trees on the land we have leased to them will be protected and new trees will be planted and nurtured. Flight of the Gibbon is only the second foreign entity ever allowed to own an attraction inside the Angkor World Heritage Site and the first since 1995.”

The company says part of its commitment will be the planting of thousands of new trees.

The course has been under construction for about six months, under expert supervision, and “every part of construction has to be 100 per cent environmentally sustainable with no impact to wildlife, vegetation and fauna.”

Flight of the Gibbon will also provide free English tutors and lessons at multiple places around Siem Reap to children and monks. Later this year, it will partner with Run Ta-Ek eco village to provide  home-stays to guests. The company will also give free flights for orphans, as it does in Thailand.

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