Asia is a diverse continent with picturesque terrain. Adrenaline-seeking travel bloggers share their experiences of ziplining across natural wonders of lush rainforest, idyllic islands, historic forts and river gorges. Let’s fly on the most thrilling ziplines in Asia.
BEST & THRILLING ZIPLINES IN ASIA
JODHPUR ZIPLINE | INDIA
The Flying Fox Zipline in Jodhpur, India actually starts and ends on the crenellated towers of the legendary Mehrangarh Fort! Jodhpur is nicknamed the Blue City because most of the houses in the city center are painted blue. They surround the enormous fort, which dominates the skyline. So, what could be better than a zipline that actually leaves from the fort and provides the best views of the blue houses in the entire city?!
There are six ziplines in total. The first is 115 m long, flying over the 18th century Chokelao Garden. This is followed by a short walk on the battlements of the fort and a climb through a secret tunnel before launching into the second zipline, a 170-meter flight over Ranisar Lake into the surrounding desert hills. The third line (70 meters) crosses a deep ravine and has great views of Mehrangarh Fort. The next two are 270 meters and 160 meters through the surrounding hills. The final flight is an epic 300 meters back across the 15th century Ranisar and Padamsar Lakes to the fort’s towers.
HOW TO REACH JODHPUR ZIPLINE
Jodhpur can be reached by plane, train, bus, or private car. There is a domestic airport with flights to many Indian cities. The train station has trains to Jaipur (about 6 hours) and Jaisalmer (5.5 hours). The bus to Udaipur takes about 5 hours. The zipline’s offices are in a corner of the Chokelao Gardens in Mehrangarh Fort.
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How awesome is it to fly to and from an ancient fort, over a 15th century lake into the surrounding desert, all with incredible views of a blue city? // James Ian from Travel Collecting
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YEREVAN ZIPLINE | ARMENIA
A unique zipline sits right in the heart of gorgeous Yerevan, Armenia and is called ‘Yerevan Zipline’. It is definitely one of the best things to do in Yerevan for adventure-seekers.
The zipline flies you over Hrazdan Gorge, a rare city gorge that is nestled deep in Yerevan where the Hrazdan River flows. If you head to the zipline during late spring, the gorge comes to life with wildflowers, including a lot of red poppies!
The zipline is about 870 meters long and the highest point starts at the beginning where it is 123 meters high. There are two ziplines on the Yerevan Zipline and the second one is 650 meters in length and has a height of 60 meters at its tallest. You don’t need to book the Yerevan Zipline in advance and it costs about $30 in total.
HOW TO REACH YEREVAN ZIPLINE
You can get to the zipline easily with public transportation (marshrutkas) or by taking a taxi from the city center. A taxi will be around $2 maximum.
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The total speed of the zipline is just over 120 km/h and one of the coolest things about it is that it will take you under a bridge in the city on the ‘flight’ // Megan from Absolute Armenia
TBLISI ZIPLINE | GEORGIA
Some of the best ziplines in Asia take you soaring not over forests or valleys, but over cities. In Tbilisi, Georgia, there’s a zipline that starts right in the heart of the Old Town, giving you a bird’s eye view of the historic architecture before you sail over the treetops of the Botanical Garden.
The ride only lasts just over 30 seconds and sees you reach speeds of 50 km/hour, but in that time you get to see one of the city’s most important landmarks: The urban waterfall that helped give Tbilisi its name (meaning ‘warm place’, the city is named after the waterways and hot springs that course beneath its streets).
HOW TO REACH TBLISI ZIPLINE
The starting point for the zipline is atop the hill adjacent to Narikala Fortress in the centre of Tbilisi. It can be reached either on foot by walking up Betlemi Rise, or by using the aerial tramway from Rike Park (fare: 2 GEL).
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Because the city is set in a valley, Tbilisi has plenty of vantage points for a city view – this is by far the most impressive because you get to sail above the treetops. Tickets include a visit to the Botanical Garden, so you can appreciate the details up close after soaring above. // Emily from Wander-Lush
BOUSRA ZIPLINE | CAMBODIA
Traveling to the “Wild East” of Cambodia is a truly intrepid adventure. The Green Triangle consists of Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri and Kratie, along the border of Laos and Vietnam with the mighty Mekong River flowing through. The most popular weekend spot in Mondulkiri is the beautiful three-tiered Bousra waterfall. The area is maintained by Mayura Hill Resort in Sen Monorom (about 43km from Bousra) who’ve created walking paths, a visitor’s centre, a waste management system and generally keep the area clean.
They also built a zipline consisting of seven lines of varying lengths and heights. The longest is 300m long and 100m high over the waterfall. Speed is self-controlled throughout. Not only do you get the thrill of the adventure, but you also learn various facts about Cambodia from knowledgeable guides, like which plants are edible.
HOW TO REACH BOUSRA ZIPLINE
While you can get to the Bousra Waterfall Eco Park on your own via car or scooter, it’s best to catch a ride with Mayura. Roads are bumpy and steep and going with Mayura also allows for other sightseeing opportunities like Dohkrormom Mountain and the ocean of trees. Entrance to the park is also included in the ziplining experience.
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Gliding over Bousra waterfall in the sticky Cambodian heat stood out as one of the best experiences in Mondulkiri, the view was spectacular and I felt extremely safe thanks to the knowledgeable and friendly local guides // Cal from Once In A Lifetime Journey
GIBBON EXPERIENCE ZIPLINE | LAOS
The Gibbon Experience zip lines There are a total of 23 zipline cables with 6.73 kilometres of wire which ranges from 50 to 570 metres, with the average length being 235 metres. This absolutely unique experience is set deep in the Nam Kan National Park in Northern Laos and connects stunning treehouses which double as accommodation for guests. These ziplines have been built and are maintained by the Gibbon Experience, a local NGO which puts all their revenues into supporting the National Park as an environment for the critically endangered Laotian black-crested gibbon.
The treehouses are fairy tale three-storey unique treehouses built into the canopy of the forest and they’re home to the guests of the Gibbon Experience for the duration of your experience. One treehouse has an eco-friendly shower, and meals are flown in each day from a local village Guests sleep in mosquito-proof tents and can view the endangered gibbons from the treehouses.
Guides are on hand each day to show you the ropes, as it were, and then you’re left to your own devices to zipline and hike as much or as little as you want.
HOW TO REACH GIBBON EXPERIENCE ZIPLINE
The only way to reach the treehouses is to zip line in and out. The only way to reach the network of zip lines is via a 90-minute truck ride AND then a hike through the National Park. The closest town – and where the Gibbon Experiences offices are is in Huay Xai, Laos. Huay Xai is on the River Mekong border with Thailand and can be reached by boat from Luang Prabang or by bus and transfer from Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai.
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This is the most incredible wildlife and adventure experience I’ve ever had – from waking at dawn to listen to the Gibbons singing, to showering in the rainforest canopy, to zip-lining through the trees to your heart’s content. It simply can’t be beaten. // Sarah from ASocialNomad
HUNDRED ISLAND NATIONAL PARK ZIPLINE | PHILIPPINES
Hundred Island National Park is located in Alaminos, Pangasinan in the northern Philippines. The National Park consists of 124 islands. Two of them – the Governor’s Island and Virgin Island are connected by a thrilling zipline, offering amazing views of other islands. The zipline is 546-meter long, passing over the sea, which makes it a very unique experience. Anyone riding on the zipline must first climb a 250-step stair leading to the viewing deck of the Governor’s Island where you can see the whole one hundred plus islands. The cost of the ride is 250 PHP (and it is definitely worth it!)
HOW TO REACH HUNDRED ISLANDS ZIPLINE
To get to the zipline you have to take an island-hopping tour starting at Lucap Wharf Alaminos City Pangasinan. It takes about 4-6 hours by bus to get from Metro Manila to Pangasinan.
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This zipline ride was the most beautiful zipline ride I have ever done. Views over the sea and little islands are unforgettable and the National Park is one of the most amazing places to visit in Luzon. // Adriana from Czech the World
CORAL FLYER ZIPLINE | KOTA KINABALU, MALAYSIA
Kota Kinabalu is a popular tropical destination in Southeast Asia. The Sabah region is filled with pristine beaches and luxurious resorts that are perfect for all sorts of water sports from snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking, arasailing to many more. For a unique experience that is different from the typical beachside activities, sign up for the Coral Flyer between Sapi Island and Gaya Island. The Zipline is 235-meter long and it’s a thrilling ride that started from Gaya Island and flies through the sky to Sapi Island on the ocean. It is the longest island zipline in he world and one of the rare ziplines in the world that connect two islands.
HOW TO REACH CORAL FLYER ZIPLINE
The reception desk is at the jetty of Sapi Island, which is a 15-minute boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu city center’s Jesselton Terminal. The attraction operates from 10 am to 3:30 pm and it is recommended to pre-book your ticket in peak season due to its popularity.
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I love this zip line because it was a unique experience to fly through two islands with beachgoers swimming underneath. // Kenny from Knycx Journeying
NAMI ISLAND ZIPLINE | SOUTH KOREA
The Nami Island Zipline is located approximately one-hour drive northeast from Seoul and crosses the Han River from the Nami Island Wharf area to Nami Island in the middle of the river. The Nami Island Zipline is 940m long, and you travel from the top of an 80m / 262ft high tower to ground level, with speeds of up to 56 km/hr or 35 mph.
HOW TO REACH NAMI ISLAND ZIPLINE
Nami Island can be easily accessed by the following options:
- KTX train from Seoul to Gapyeong Station via Cheongnyangni Station, a trip of one hour, then by either taxi or the Gapyeong City Tour Bus.
- Book direct return bus transfer from Seoul to Nami Island
- Book a Nami Island Day Tour from Seoul
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Our family loved the experience of this zipline – it was so high and fast and was our very first zipline experience – we were buzzing for hours afterward!. // Anne from Pretraveller travel blog
FLIGHT OF THE COLUGO ZIPLINE | PENANG, MALAYSIA
“Flight of the Colugo” is Penang island’s only zipline, stretched above one of the oldest rainforest canopies on top of Penang Hill. The 5-courses zip-line takes the name from the local flying lemurs (or “colugo”, as the name suggests) and sends guest gliding above a staggering 130-million-years old thicket.
The complete experience consists of a five zipline course, including one abseiling line, which takes about an hour to complete. The cost is RM105 (about US$ 25) per person including equipment rental and guides. They will not only escort you and comply with all security concerns, but also explain about the local trees and plants in detail — this is a characteristic of the Habitat’s staff, so expect a real immersion in the Malaysian rainforest.
The best jump is possibly the “Honeymoon Zipline”, an exciting 80mt-long single tandem zipline soaring above a 5mt-high drop.
HOW TO REACH ‘FLIGHT OF THE COLUGO’ ZIPLINE
Catch the funicular train up to Penang Hill’s upper station, and staff from the Habitat will pick you up for the quick jeep transfer to the park and the zip-lines.
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Relax as your guide drops you slowly, and the canopy all around you resonates with the sounds of insects and forest critters, making you feel a small part of a giant ecosystem. // Marco from Penang Insider
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