Phuket Tree Adventure is one of the fun activity on the island is quite a challenging one, but fortunately almost everyone can do it! The Phuket Tree Adventure is set near Wat Chalong just behind the Phukana Golf course and claims to be the highest tree climbing in Asia.
So we had to try… easy to reach and well organized, you will be very well coached by a English speaking professional. A short explanation how to use your harness is followed by a short practice at ground level where you might feel a bit nervous thinking ‘Ok, do this and do that this way and in this order looks fairly easy on the ground, but once high up there, am I going to remember which is which?”
Training is thankfully short as everyone really wants go up to the trees and see how high and tough the challenge will be. And up you go, a bit of walk up to reach the first platform and it’s time to apply what you just learn.
Surprisingly, it works! The ten minutes training applies just like a charm. Supervisor stays down to make sure we follow each step properly, no more than two person per platform, one person per course and the ‘carabinners’ (safety hooks) attached properly at all time.
As you go, the challenges become increasingly difficult, but you have all the time in front of you, no rush if you need a break. You’ll walk on all kinds of ropes bridges, nets, cables to go from tree to tree, the fly down cables to move to more challenges.
There are circuits for the younger as well such as ‘Accro Spider’ a huge net suspended net where kids can safely play, so it is a great outing for families and safety is always well assured. Some challenges are pretty tough if like me, you are scared of height, so you might be a bit worried at first, but it was less scary than expected as you will be too busy keeping your balance to really think of anything else.
If you decide to give it a go, remember to wear proper sport shoes, short pants and sports pants are recommended. It is a bit pricey but the whole installation is checked regularly by safety professionals and botanical experts to make sure the environment is respected…Prices are 1,900 Baht per adult and 1,200 baht for kids. Kids from 6 to 9 can play in the kids zone for 400 baht only. Kids from 10 years old can join the adult course. Open from 9.30 am to 5pm, but last departure to the trees is at 3pm. Transfer from your hotel can be organized (076 383 689).
A great way to spend the day, combine a visit to Wat Chalong, get an amazing panoramic view on Phuket Island from the Big Buddha, do a tree climbing and get a great Seafood lunch or dinner at Mor Mu Dong or Kan Eang Seafood.
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