Awesome treehouses

I was watching a documentary called 'Human Planet' by the BBC last night, and there's a tribe called the Korowai that build these insane tree houses high up in the canopy.

I know some folks on here are interested in that stuff, so feel free to post your own (with info if possible!) Here's some of the Korowai ones. The video is the excerpt from the documentary (which is well worth checking out).

Some from "The ten most precariously placed treehouses on earth"

Cedar Creek Treehouse, Ashford, Washington


If you're looking for a vacation that also offers a spot of adventure then this offbeat treetop retreat might be just the thing. Poised 50 feet high up in the air, Bill Compher's Cedar Creek Treehouse clings to a 200-year-old tree growing through the floor and out the roof. Built in the early 1980s, the treehouse offers spectacular views of its natural surroundings, but if ascending a five-story stairwell to stay halfway up a giant western red cedar still sounds a little safe for your tastes, then right next door is a more forbidding prospect...

The octagonal Cedar Creek Treehouse Observatory, completed in 2002, hovers 100 feet above the forest floor in a neighboring fir tree, offering breathtaking, if stomach-churning, panoramas of the Nisqually Valley and peaks like nearby Mt. Rainier. Climbing the aptly-named, 82-foot-tall Stairway to Heaven to reach the observatory should be enough to induce sweaty palms, but if not there's also a swinging 43 foot-long suspension bridge to negotiate once you've wound your way to the top of the spiral staircase. Thrilling? That's one way of putting it.

Beach Rock Treehouse, Okinawa, Japan



With its glinting, domed design and beautiful position, nestled in the branches of an ancient arbor, this treehouse is pretty special – but that doesn't stop it setting our hearts racing at the thought of peering over the edge while up inside it. The Beach Rock Treehouse was built by Japanese treehouse creator Kobayashi Takashi – strangely enough for the purpose of communicating with extra-terrestrial life. We're not sure what aliens would think if this was their first human contact; we just hope they'd like lofty aerial views!

Climbing to the top of this “Plexiglass portal to the universe" is actually a lot safer than it might seem, with stout-looking ladders and platforms providing access. That said, it's perched precipitously high above the ground in Japan's Okinawa forest, so more timid visitors to its scenic resort location should take note. On the other hand, for the adrenalin junkies, there's a giant rope swing to take you sailing through the treetops! Tarzan would have dug it. Would you?

Takasugi-an Tea House, Chino, Japan



This precarious-looking treehouse is built on top of two chestnut trees cut from a nearby mountain and brought to this patch of land in 2009. What's distinctive about this dwelling is that it's as much tea house as treehouse, having been designed by Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori following in the tradition of his country's tea masters. Is it tranquil? If gently rocking in the wind atop two sticks of wood while sipping a cuppa is your idea of serenity...

To reach this teetering tearoom, the intrepid tea drinker must first brave freestanding ladders propped up against one of the trees that provides support for the structure. It's shoes off time at the platform halfway up, a quick gulp that's more to do with fear than hot beverages, then upwards to the room itself – a simply designed space fitted with bamboo mats and a fireplace. Takasugi-an means, “a tea house [built] too high.” We couldn't have put it better.

The Gibbon Experience Treehouses, Bokeo, Laos



More eco-tourism madness in this next set of treehouses, located in northwestern Laos. In terms of height, they take some topping, situated as they are well over 100 feet up in the mist at and above canopy-level. Suspended high over the jungle floor, they're truly impressive treetop structures – and scary with it. Sleeping at such an elevation with just a small platform between you and certain death is clearly hair-raising in itself – toilets, showers and a kitchen are small comfort – but gnarlier experiences await...

As well as being a conservation project, the Gibbon Experience offers adventurous spirits the opportunity to fly through the air from treehouse to treehouse, almost like the once thought extinct ape they're trying to spot. The only difference is, humans get the help of an ingenious network of zip lines, which allow guests exhilarating glides literally hundreds of feet up above the ground, with some rides lasting up to a minute. The views out over the surrounding lush green landscape are clearly spectacular, but a change of underwear is definitely advised.

Treehouse hotels

Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Sleep under the stars at this alfresco treehouse in the Kruger National Park. Guests are taken to the 'Chalkey Treehouse' at sunset for a picnic supper and then left to spend a luxurious night in the bush. After dark, the night air is filled with the chatter of hyenas and the occasional roar of a lion. Campers are left armed with mosquito repellent and a two-way radio.

Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

Bed down in a bird's nest at this imaginative treehouse hotel in Sweden. Designed to blend in with the surroundings, there's two bedrooms, a bathroom, a spacious living area and a retractable staircase for the ultimate in arboreal living.

Châteaux dans les Arbres, Dordogne, France

The fanciful treehouses at Châteaux dans les Arbres (Castles in the Trees) feature luxurious interiors, staggering countryside views and a soul-piercing tranquillity. The treehouses sleep two or four and some have fairytale turrets while others feature hot tubs and antiques.

Kadirs Tree Houses, Turkey

Located at the base of the Taurus Mountains, Kadir's Tree House Hotel features a collection of huts dotted among the site's pine trees. The vibe is laidback and more hostel - the treehouses are particularly popular with backpackers - than hotel.

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Hang Nga "Crazy House" in Vietnam

"Unlike regular treehouses, which sit upon the branches of trees, the Hang Nga Guesthouse (a.k.a. “Crazy House”) actually is a tree (although some of it is concrete and other materials). Named for the architect who built it, Hang Viet Nga, the spooky hotel is known for its Alice in Wonderlandish, dark fairy tale mood and wildly organic twists and turns."

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Apparently the world's biggest tree house. I've been here. It is pretty massive.

It's at Alnwick Castle where they shot Harry Potter

Located on the grounds of Alnwick Gardens just 95 miles south of Edinburgh (and next to the Alnwick Castle, the very one used in the Harry Potter films), this 6,000-square-foot leviathan soars 56 feet above the ground and is connected with 4,000-square-feet of suspended walkways. It has a restaurant that seats 120 people as well as classrooms, cafes, turrets, wobbly and imported wood from all over the world. Oh, and it cost $7 million."

Free Spirit Spheres in Vancouver

"The Free Spirit Spheres are up there as some of the most unusual accommodation we’ve ever come across. Built as spheres, these tree-top dwellings are suspended like global pendants from a web of ropes and they wouldn’t be out of place in a sci-fi movie. The relaxed gentle motion creates a soothing and peaceful ambiance and you can completely immerse yourself in the nature and stillness around you.

Located on Vancouver Island, off Qualicum Beach, the rates start at $125 for the smaller pod and $175 for the larger one."


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Mirror Tree House (Sweden)

Almost invisible and perfect for hiding, the Mirror House is part of the Tree Hotel project in the North of Sweden. As cool as it looks, we’re afraid the house may be invisible to birds. (Designed by: Tham & Videgard)

Plane Treehouse (Costa Rica)

While not entirely a treehouse, this vintage Boeing 727 was originally bought by Joanne Ussary for $2,000.00. It cost her $4,000.00 to move the plane and $24,000.00 to renovate an turn it into this Executive Suite 727 tree house. A jacuzzi in the cockpit is just one of the intriguing ideas she had for her new home! (read more)


Love the mini Death Star one.

Is that the same tribe that vine-bungis off scaffolding?

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Minister’s Treehouse (Crossville, Tennessee, USA)

This grandiose 100-foot-tall structure is said to be the tallest tree house in world, and was built entirely out of reclaimed wood by Horace Burgess in Crossville, Tennessee. (Image credits: