This species has relatively long forearms which assist it in suspensory behavior. This species has throat sac located beneath the chin to help enhance the calls. The white-handed gibbon lacks a tail, caudal vertebrae. The average body mass for an adult male white-handed gibbon is around 5.7 kilograms, and for the female it is around 5.3 kilograms. Pelage color for this species ranges from dark brown to beige.
The white-handed gibbon is found in the countries of Burma, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. This species is found in semideciduous monsoon forests and tropical evergreen forests, and these are either of primary or secondary forest types.