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Thailand to improve safety for ziplining and adventure tourism

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Photo via Flight of the Gibbon

Looking ahead to the return of foreign tourists, Thailand tourism officials are planning to improve safety standards for adventure activities like ziplining in an effort to prevent accidents from happening and to gain tourist confidence.

In 2019, a Canadian man died in a zipline incident in Chiang Mai. He was attached to the harness, ready for the 5 kilometre Flight of the Gibbon, when he stepped off the platform and fell 12 metres to the ground. He died from the impact.

Flight of the Gibbon said at the time there was a “metallurgical failure.” The man’s family said they believed the cable clamps were not fixed properly before he left the platform.

The man’s family have called for safety upgrades for ziplining in Thailand. In a previous report, they said…

“We are very happy to have the support of the Thai government and local authorities to implement change and accountability that will make safety in ziplining equal to other countries.”

To come up with new safety standards, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has teamed up with Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Engineering. So far, they’ve created manuals for adventure tourism to help prevent accidents, according to the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Taweesak Wanichcharoen. Not only would improved safety standards help gain trust from tourists, Taweesak says it will also help with the growth of tourism.

A report from the Bangkok Post on the new safety standards did not mention the 2019 fatal ziplining accident or details on what exactly the new safety standards will be. Taweesak says the improved standards will first be implemented in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Kanchananburi, Udon Thani, Chon Buri and Bangkok.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Laughable. Even in the PR photo none of those on the platform, including the supervisor, are secured correctly.

  2. toby andrews

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    There is a zip line down from a 55 floor Pattaya tower.
    We went down great fun.
    B300 for foreigners to go up there B150 for Thais.
    What a bargain – for Thais.

  3. Issan John

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    AFAIK it’s actually 400 and 200 baht for the zipline at Pattaya Park, Toby A, and 600 and 400 baht for the buffet ?

  4. toby andrews

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Ah, I’m out of date.

  5. Stu

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:49 am

    This must be some of the thai 2 tier pricing that ij vigorously denied existing on our last comment spar….

  6. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    No Stu, never “vigorously denied [it] existing” at all – another figment of your imagination.

    I simply said that I’d seldom been affected by it and it didn’t really worry me.

  7. Stu

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Oh no ij…. You wrote a diatribe of biblical proportions on how the 2 tier pricing barely existed and that it doesn’t affect visitors etc etc. I remember well as it was my first time realizing what a strange person you are. It was multiple comments even questioning the validity of my Thai residency.

    Your a special man ij…..:) Perhaps now u can admit that actually thai dual pricing is really a thing and it’s even for a buffet….. Which incidently is outrageous.

  8. Mr cynic

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:24 am

    The duel pricing here may be justified to a degree.falangs generally are far larger than thais so the wear and tear on the zip line equipment may be greater.also as ij has kindly pointed out the buffet is dual priced also.prehaps that is on the basis the fat smelly falangs will take far larger portions than the lithe s*it smells of rose’s local thais.

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