Gibbon Experience Crash! Laos Huay Xai
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 21, 2013 5:23 PM Last Post By: Junglebeach
Aug 20, 2013 4:55 AM
Gibbon Experience Crash! Laos Huay XaiDear Community,
this goes out as an urgent warning to all travellers about the life danger that is connected with the famous gibbon experience tour in Laos.
I crashed on a broken zipline, crashed full speed to the ground. There was no safety gear, e.g. helmets.
The guides were not able to communicate this danger, the guide on the hill send me down the broken zipline.
I got no assistance, no first aid, no compensation. I had to beg that they bring me to the hospital.
The management never showed up, guides snuck out of the car half way to the office!
I got scorn email excuses, disgraceful!
I made a blog with a full report and pictures:
All travellers out there be warned, don' t go with them. They charge you the world for sending you broken lines and not keeping any safety gear or first aid ready.
In Case of a crash they don't take care of you!
Aug 20, 2013 12:35 PM
1Bummer - glad you came out of it ok.
Of course, one could issue a hundred warnings a day when adventuring in developing nations. You are not in a place with western standards of safety. Car have no seat belts, potholes go unfilled, responsibility is up to the individual.
To be angry with them after the fact for not giving you safety equipment is silly though. No one pushed you off the platform - you chose to take on the risk of having no safety equipment when you decided to do the zip line. Perhaps we need to each assess our own risk (and take responsibility for that decision). LIke getting into a vehicle and choosing not to put on a seatbelt.
I don't mean to excuse their demeanor or faulty (unmaintained?) equipment, but demanding or expecting compensation or retribution for an accident just isn't the way it's done. (I doubt anyone there had any medical training...). But we in the west are so eager to assign blame when bad stuff happens; I don't find that same reaction among most people in non-western nations where "fate" seeems to be the controlling element. Sometimes bad stuff just happens. That's the way.
I hope your message warns others to take responsibility for their own safety to the best degree they can, and also to understand that traveling in such places carries a more inherent risk.
And hopefully you've gotten a near tragic situation off your chest by posting, reposting and blogging it all out of your system.
And, of course and as you say, perhaps the place is best avoided if they are unable to properly maintain their equipment.
PS I bet the staff left because they were fearful of retribution - probably from the "authorities." Fate plays both ways, and they may have been looking at losing their job or being ordered by the police to pay you from their own pocket (with the police getting a hefty percentage "for their troubles.") No local ever wants to involve the police, for the police have their own agenda that often has little to do with exemplifying western concepts of justice.
Aug 21, 2013 3:24 AM
2I googled for images and one no pictures any helmets can be seen.
Seems like they do not provide helmets.
In that case it rather would be getting into a vehicle with no seat belts in the vehicle...
The handling after the accident seems lacking too, no training in case of an accident and the management seemingly wasn't up to the task either.
Wonder what they would say about all this, maybe you should send them the link to this post in this forum?
To say that LP deleted your first post because they are doing business with the Gibbons goes a bit too far however I think. Did you include the lin to your webpage in the first post?
And that seems a bit over the top too:
- and I got the victim of this physical assault.
Aug 21, 2013 2:45 PM
Aug 21, 2013 5:23 PM
4sorry for your injuries, but ...
it was not a physical assault, it was an accident :
the aftermath of your accident is the big thing here, they should of been o top of it as zoo as it happened...
you say this was the last of 14 zip lines, well the other 13 were ok without helmets , why not speak up at # 1 or 3 about the helmets
if your harness had no working breaking system, was it working on the other 13 zip lines ..
am not sure how you got there, but most folks going into Laos go via thailand or vietnam, so you been on boats without life jackets and too many people on the boat, you been on buses with no seat belts, maybe even the sleeping bus, the nastiest rig on the roads ... maybe drank some of them famous buckets along the way which contains the nastiest booze around , and had no problems even you all the above are courting disaster
this is not the USA or the UK, or Scandinavia, it is SEAsia, where most everything you do has great danger potentials, you must judge the risk each time,
yes they should do better inspection of the lines, but you say the guide went 1st and he had no problems ... see, this is how fast a problem can arise, and no one can foresee any of this
on their page on here, all 30 some pages have but praise for the outing, some dissatisfaction on not seeing the gibbons, and some over the price, but not one about system failure, this ought to show that it has been going good for a long time ...
shit happens is the best way to look at it, sorry you had this accident, more sorry the team did not look after you in this medical emergency time, this is the real problem there
i know lots of folks who been there and done it, all had a great time and would go back if in the area ...
and yes, i would like to hear their side of it as well ...
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