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 The Gibbon Experience Trek is only available from November 1st till June 15th!

 

Evening Briefing   

At 7pm we will meet at ‘DutchCo’s office for a trek briefing.  It is the first opportunity for everyone to meet the people on their trek and to run over the final details so everyone knows what to expect.

gibbon babyDay One

You will  be picked up from your hotel at 8am and depart by car from Ban Lung at 8:30am and travel 35 km north to Kachon village approximately 45 minutes away. In Kachon, a boat will be waiting to take you 12 km, again approximately 45 minutes downstream on the Sesan River to Veun Sai town. On this journey you can observe the nature on the riverbank and the daily activities of the people who live along the river. 

In Veun Sai town we will take moto dop to travel about 30 minutes to I Tub village, a Laotian community approximately halfway to the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area station.  

Once in I Tub, we will take a short break for lunch

and meet with a member of the Community-based Ecotourism Team. After lunch we continue to the station by bike along a forest path, we might see tracks and signs of some of the local wildlife such as the claw marks of the sun bear on the tree trunks, or footprints of deer and other species (See bottom picture) as well as local birds. We will ride the majority of the way but in orlagerstroemiader to get a good look at our surroundings we will hike in some parts. 

At around 12.30pm we will arrive at the gibbon research station where you will be introduced to the station chief, scientists and researchers, your gibbon guide and shown around the camp.  We will prepare lunch. You then have time to relax and make yourself comfortable before walking to the nearby savannah for a spot of bird watching; alternatively you can hike around the forest paths before sit down to an early dinner at 6:45pm.  

The night hike 

At around 8pm we go for an hour night jungle hike, equipped with torches. The canopy is home to many nocturnal animals such as the pygmy-loris (a small arboreal primate) and the civet (a small jungle cat). Close to the ground, it is much harder to spot other night animals; however with the torches the reflection of their eyes often reveals their location. You will Boat trip Sesan river
then head to bed at about 10:00pm before rising early as you will need to be awake well before sunrise the next day. You will spent the night in the station’s head quarters building in a small room. Sanitary facilities are available

 

Day Two

Today we rise early at 3:15am because the gibbons wake up with the sun and call to mark their territory as soon as dawn breaks. At 4am, whilst it is still dark we following a small trail to the protected gibbon area about 45 minutes away to make sure that we are there in time to hear their call. We then reach the edge of a grassy savannah and wait for the call of a certain gibbon family, currently the only group that accepts people in their presence. The different groups start to call (sing) at around sunrise with some calls carrying up to 2km. Once the habituated groups of gibbons starts to sing, the gibbon guide will try to locate them in the forest as fast as possible and he will guide us to the spot so we can watch them as they go about their morning activities in the tree canopy. In some cases they let you come very close -less than 15 meters - which provides an excellent opportunity to take pictures.  

This is a special time as the gibbons can travel quickly in the trees and leave in a split second, anytime they want. Once they do, it can be very difficult for us to find them again, however the group can often be followed for a couple of hours throughout the forest. 

  

foot prints leopardAfter the gibbon spotting we head back to the station for brunch at about 10:30am.  We then pack up and get ready to leave. We follow a different path through the jungle and head back to I Tub village. Again, some parts we will cycle some we will walk. On the way we visit a Chinese and Laos settlement and take a short walk around the village. It's a nice idyllic village with friendly people and on certain days you will be able to witness traditional local weaving. We then continue back to Veun Sai town, cross the Sesan River by a small ferry, before stopping off for a cold soda at a restaurant that boasts a beautiful view of the river and its banks. Our journey has now come to an end and we are picked up by car and travel back to Ban Lung arriving at approximately 3pm. On your request we can take you to the near by famous Yeak Loam lake for a swim.  Entrance fee of $2.50 not included.

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