Birding Tour Thailand: Central and Northern Thailand January 2019

Tour Details

Duration: 23 days
Group Size: 2 – 8
Spaces Available: 4
Date Start: January 27, 2019
Date End: February 18, 2019
Tour Start: Bangkok
Tour End: Bangkok

Tour Costs

Price: US$6,924 / £5,295 / €5,894 per person sharing – based on 4-8 people,
US$7,754 / £5,929 / €6,601 per person sharing – based on 3 people,
US$10,258
/ £7,844 / €8,732 per person sharing – based on 2 people

Single Supplement: US$1,079 / £825 / €64

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when finalising payments.

Price includes:
Meals
Accommodation
Guiding fees
Entrance fees
All transport while on tour
Tolls


Price excludes:
All flights
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
Alcoholic drinks
Personal insurance
Gratuities

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Central and Northern Thailand 2019

This three-week tour includes a circuit around central Thailand, starting and ending in Bangkok, and then another circuit around northern Thailand, starting and ending in Chiang Mai. This tour has been designed to focus on the amazing birding that Thailand has to offer during the northern winter, set in a beautiful country with incredibly welcoming people and some of the best food in the world too. Several sites visited offer excellent photographic opportunities for those with an interest in capturing the many wonderful moments likely.

After arrival in Bangkok we head south to the shores of the Bay of Bangkok and the vast areas of saltpans that form the vital overwintering habitat for hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, where one of the most highly-sought of the birds on the planet, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, can be found here during the non-breeding season. We will be putting all of our effort into finding it, along with many other species. In fact, over 40 species of shorebirds can be found here in a couple of days! It really is quite staggering witnessing the huge numbers of birds and the species diversity here. Other key birds on our radar here will include Great KnotNordmann’s GreenshankAsian DowitcherFar Eastern CurlewMalaysian Plover, and ‘White-faced’ Plover (a very distinctive subspecies of Kentish Plover and a bit of a taxonomic mystery). There are of course many other potential highlights to search for during our time here, and Chinese Egret will be high on that list.

We will then dive into about a week of forest birding across two phenomenal reserves: Kaeng Krachan and Khao Yai National Parks. The potential list of species of birds and other wildlife across these two locations is massive (see the detailed itinerary below for extra details). Some of the most interesting and exciting birds we might find here could include Blue and Eared PittasGreatWreathedTickell’s BrownAusten’s Brown, and Oriental Pied HornbillsBlack-and-redBandedBlack-and-yellowDuskySilver-breasted, and Long-tailed BroadbillsBanded KingfisherKalij and Silver PheasantsRed JunglefowlSiamese FirebackWhite-fronted Scops OwlOriental Bay OwlCoral-billed Ground CuckooRed-bearded and Blue-bearded Bee-eatersCommon Green MagpieRatchet-tailed TreepieRed-headed and Orange-breasted TrogonsOrange-headed Thrush, and BambooHeart-spotted, and Great Slaty Woodpeckers. Non-avian highlights could include Lar (White-handed) and Pileated Gibbons, Asian Elephant, the Indochinese subspecies of Leopard (Panthera pardus delacouri), which may include the melanistic form that occurs here, also known as the “Black Panther”, Sloth Bear, and Siamese Crocodiles among the commoner monkeys, squirrels, and deer.

Our tour will then head north to the northern capital Chiang Mai, where we will visit Doi Inthanon, the country’s highest mountain. The unique set of habitats here offers us some excellent birds as well as letting us come to grips with some of the commoner northern species. Special birds here may include Rufous-throated PartridgeMountain Bamboo PartridgeBlack-tailed CrakeSpectacled BarwingHimalayan BluetailWhite-browed ShortwingDark-sided ThrushWhite-crownedSlaty-backed, and Black-backed Forktails, and Red-headed Trogon. The dry, lowland forest at the foot of the mountain can be full of woodpeckers, and the stunning Black-headed Woodpecker, huge Great Slaty Woodpecker, and tiny Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker can all be found, along with White-rumped FalconRed-billed Blue MagpieBlossom and Grey-headed Parakeets, and Burmese Nuthatch.

After our exploration of areas to the south of Chiang Mai we will head back north and spend the next few days birding at several mountain sites close to, and sometimes along the Thai-Myanmar border (e.g. Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Ang Khang, and Doi Lang). These mountains support huge numbers of overwintering migrants from China, such as numerous warblers, flycatcher, chats, thrushes, finches, and buntings, and also some very highly-sought resident species like Hodgson’s FrogmouthRusty-naped PittaHimalayan CutiaScarlet-faced LiocichlaSilver-eared MesiaSilver-breasted and Long-tailed Broadbills, and Giant Nuthatch. Between the mountains here much of the land is farmed for rice, and these rice paddies often also hold exceptional numbers of migrants and a few interesting residents , and we will look for Greater Painted-snipeSiberian RubythroatYellow-breasted Bunting, and Wire-tailed Swallow.

Our final stop of this exciting trip will see us visiting the famous Mekong River along the Thai-Myanmar-Laos border, in addition to the nearby Chiang Saen Lake. During our time in this area we will hope to find the pretty River LapwingSmall Pratincole, and, with luck, the Critically Endangered (IUCN) Baer’s Pochard that sometimes overwinters on the vast waterbody of Chiang Saen Lake. Plenty of other overwintering wildfowl species are possible too, and there is usually something unexpected floating about on the lake, such as Baikal Teal or Falcated Duck! The evening here is pretty spectacular too, and we end the tour with a visit to a harrier roost, where hundreds of Pied and Eastern Marsh Harriers come in to roost, giving fantastic views as they drop in overhead as the sun disappears.

 

Itinerary (23 days/22 nights)

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok

After your afternoon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok you will take the short transfer to our nearby hotel for the night with the rest of the day at leisure. We will have a group evening meal together.

Overnight: Bangkok Airport area

Day 2: Nong Pla Lai Rice Paddies to Kaeng Krachan National Park

We will leave Bangkok after breakfast and bird our way away from the city. We will check out a few sites around the Nong Pla Lai area, where we will spend the majority of the morning, before continuing on to the Kaeng Krachan National Park area. We will be looking for Greater Spotted EagleEastern Imperial EagleEastern Marsh and Pied HarriersGray-headed LapwingPheasant-tailed JacanaGreen-billed MalkohaCoppersmith BarbetGreen Bee-eaterFreckle-breasted WoodpeckerStreaked WeaverBaya WeaverAsian Golden Weaver, and Bluethroat.

After checking into our accommodation near Kaeng Krachan National Park we will spend the late afternoon birding from a hide in the forest, where we might find a range of babblers and bulbuls visiting, as well as, potentially, Bar-backed or Green-legged PartridgeLarge Scimitar BabblerCommon Green MagpieTickell’s Blue FlycatcherSiberian Blue Robin, or, with extreme luck, Eared Pitta coming in to drink/bath at a small forest pool.

Overnight: Near Kaeng Krachan National Park

Days 3 – 5: Kaeng Krachan National Park

We will spend three full days birding within and around this exciting park. Our time will be spent at a range of elevations to connect with the associated species of these areas. At the higher elevations of the park we are restricted to birding along a few roads that cut through the park, but this still gives us some fantastic opportunities for some restricted-range species such as Ratchet-tailed TreepieCollaredSpot-neckedGrey-throatedGolden, and Rufous-fronted Babblers, and Black-throated Laughingthrush. Other species on offer here include Red-headed TrogonRed-bearded Bee-eaterFerruginous PartridgeKalij PheasantGrey Peacock-PheasantMountain Imperial PigeonRufous-bellied EagleMountain Hawk-EagleSilver-breasted and Long-tailed BroadbillsGreat HornbillBanded KingfisherGreat Barbet, and Bamboo Woodpecker, along with lots of bulbuls, babblers, and warblers.

The scenery is fantastic along this part of the Thai-Myanmar border, and as we are driving up and down the mountain we will keep our eyes sharply peeled in case there is a Leopard sleeping in the road! Much more likely will be a range of monkeys, deer, and squirrels.

The middle- and lower-elevation areas give us the chance for further exploration of this wonderful park. The long entrance road provides great opportunities for stopping and checking out vantage points to look at patches of forest (often with the sound of Lar [White-handed] Gibbons echoing around), and there are several trails and roads we can walk to get closer to the birds. Some of the most exciting birds we could find here may include Blue and Eared PittasWhite-fronted Scops OwlOriental Bay OwlBrown Hawk-OwlVernal Hanging ParrotHeart-spotted and Great Slaty WoodpeckersTickell’s BrownWreathed, and Oriental Pied HornbillsBlack-thighed FalconetBanded,Black-and-redBlack-and-yellow, and Dusky BroadbillsOrange-breasted TrogonCommon Green MagpieSultan TitScarlet MinivetGolden-crested and Common Hill Mynas, and Asian Fairy-bluebird, along with a wide range of bulbuls, leafbirds, woodpeckers, babblers, and barbets.

On one morning we will spend some time in a hide in the forest near the national park, where we will hope to get good views of Kalij PheasantRed JunglefowlBar-backed PartridgeBlack-naped MonarchPuff-throated BabblerRacket-tailed TreepieWhite-browed Scimitar Babbler, Greater Necklaced and Lesser Necklaced LaughingthrushesWhite-rumped Shama, and an assorted range of other interesting passerines.

The early morning and late-evening drives into and out of the national park are when we are most likely to see the shy mammals, and with some luck we may come across Asian Elephant or Leopard (maybe even including the rare and elusive “Black Panther”) on these drives, or even a Sloth Bear!

Overnight: Near Kaeng Krachan National Park  (three nights)

Day 6: Kaeng Krachan to Laem Pak Bia

After an early breakfast we will depart from our hotel and drive to some dry lowland dipterocarp forest, where we might find Lineated Barbet, the gorgeous Black-headed WoodpeckerRufous WoodpeckerSpotted OwletAsian Barred OwletRufous TreepieRed-breasted Parakeet, and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush. We will then continue to the coast for a few days, birding along the edge of the Bay of Bangkok, one of the most important overwintering areas for shorebirds in the whole of South East Asia. Depending on our arrival time we are likely to get a late-afternoons birding session in, looking for some of the birds mentioned below.

Overnight: Chao Samran Beach

Days 7 – 8: Pak Thale and Laem Pak Bia

We will spend two full days birding within a few different areas of salt pans and coastal environments around the incredible Pak Thale and Laem Pak Bia areas. We will be searching through thousands of shorebirds made up of flocks of Great KnotCommon GreenshankBlack-tailed GodwitEurasian CurlewMarsh SandpiperCurlewSandpiperSpotted RedshankBlack-winged Stilt, and Red-necked Stint, but among them we will also be trying to find one of the most unique, and Critically Endangered (IUCN) shorebirds of them all, the incredible Spoon-billed Sandpiper, along with other high-value targets like Nordmann’s GreenshankFar Eastern Curlew, and Asian Dowitcher. The number of birds here can be mesmerizing.

During our time here we hope to find Spoon-billed Sandpiper along with the range of shorebirds listed above. But there will also be other birds possible, due to our visits to different habitats; these may include Malaysian Plover and “White-faced” Plover (a very distinct subspecies of Kentish Plover), Temminck’s and Long-toed StintsGrey-headed LapwingTerek SandpiperRed-necked PhalaropePied AvocetPin-tailed SnipeGreater Painted-snipe, and many more.

There will be plenty of other birds to look at while we are in this area, including a wide range of herons, egrets (including Chinese Egret), cormorants, storks (including the gorgeous Painted Stork), gulls, and terns. There are also plenty of raptors in this area (lots of food for hungry Peregrine Falcons), and other highlights could include Mangrove WhistlerGolden-bellied GerygoneCommonPiedCollared, and Black-capped KingfishersEurasian WryneckFreckle-breasted WoodpeckerOriental SkylarkWhite-shouldered StarlingBlack-browed Reed Warbler, and Plain-backed Sparrow.

Overnight: Chao Samran Beach (two nights)

Day 9: Morning birding the Wat Komnaram area, transfer to the Khao Yai town area

After a final morning at the coast we will drive slightly inland to a large freshwater lake before continuing our journey back around Bangkok and on to Khao Yai. Over the course of the morning we will look for Asian DowitcherBlack BitternSmall Pratincole, and Black-headed Ibis. We will stop for lunch along the way and will visit a small temple to look for Limestone Wren-babbler along the way. Some authorities (e.g. BirdLife International) consider the sub-species occurring here to represent a separate species, they call it Rufous Limestone-babbler. We will check into our comfortable hotel late in the afternoon for the next three nights.

Overnight: Khao Yai

Days 10 – 11: Khao Yai National Park

Another two exciting, bird-filled days await, this time in the famous Khao Yai National Park. This is a very popular national park with locals due to its proximity to the capital of Bangkok, but the birds seem used to the visitors, and due to the good road network through and around the park it is usually possible to find quiet areas where we can enjoy the birds to ourselves. There are numerous places where we will stop in the park, looking for particular birds, and there are some really exciting birds among them, such as Siamese FirebackSilver PheasantRed JunglefowlCoral-billed Ground CuckooCollared OwletGreat Eared NightjarGreat, Wreathed, and Austen’s Brown HornbillsBlue-bearded Bee-eater,  Red-headed and Orange-breasted TrogonsGreen-eared BarbetLaced and Streak-throated WoodpeckersGreater FlamebackBanded KingfisherBlue PittaEared PittaBanded and Long-tailed BroadbillsHainan Blue FlycatcherSiberian Blue RobinMugimaki FlycatcherCommon Hill MynaGrey-backed ShrikeLesser NecklacedBlack-throated, and White-crested LaughingthrushesWhite-throated Rock-Thrush, and Orange-headed Thrush. This park is usually excellent for observing Asian Elephant, and we might also find Pileated Gibbon, Sambar, Southern Red Muntjac, and other interesting animals, maybe even the rare Siamese Crocodile.

Overnight: Khao Yai (two nights)

Day 12: Morning birding Khao Yai National Park, transfer to Chiang Mai via Bangkok

A final morning birding in and around Khao Yai National Park area where we will look for some of the species listed above if we’ve still not managed to see them. Red-breasted Parakeets are often around our hotel so we will keep a lookout for those before we drive back to Bangkok.

In the late morning we will drive back to Bangkok, where we will catch our early-evening flight to the capital city of the Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Mai, for the night.

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Days 13 – 14: Two full days of birding Doi Inthanon National Park

We will have an early breakfast in our hotel in Chiang Mai before leaving the city and heading straight to Doi Inthanon National Park for what is sure to be an excellent introduction into birdwatching in Northern Thailand; there are an awful lot of birds to look for here! Doi means mountain in Thai, and Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s highest mountain (at 2,565 meters) and supports some unique habitat in the country. As a result it is a ‘must-visit’ birding spot, as is holds several species that are not found elsewhere in the country. In addition to the amazing birds and forests here the views are incredibly impressive, and on a clear day you can see for miles, and sometimes you can even be up above the clouds! There are several different roads (including one right to the top, so minimal effort is required!), trails, and access points at various elevations, which will allow us to thoroughly explore the different types of forests, the unique bog habitat at the summit of the mountain, and the many rivers heading down the mountainside which are also worth a check.

Around the lower elevations we will seek Blossom-headed ParakeetSiberian RubythroatPallas’s Grasshopper WarblerSiberian StonechatAsian Barred OwletSpotted OwletBrown Hawk-OwlLarge-tailed NightjarRed-billed Blue MagpieBanded Bay CuckooChestnut-headed Bee-eaterStriated SwallowCollared FalconetEurasian JayBlack-headed Woodpecker, and many more. As we pass rivers, waterfalls, and damp areas we will stop and look for White-crownedBlack-backed, and Slaty-backed ForktailsPlumbeous RedstartWhite-capped RedstartGray Wagtail, and Blue Whistling Thrush (both resident and migrant subspecies, a possible future split?).

Forest birding high up and around the bog is likely to get us some great birds, and as time goes by (usually once the sun gets on the trees and warms things up in the morning) things start to really happen here. We will hope to find Rufous-throated PartridgeMountain Bamboo PartridgeAshy Wood PigeonBlack-tailed Crake, Golden-throated Barbet, Yellow-bellied FantailYellow-cheeked Tit, Silver-eared LaughingthrushSpectacled BarwingDark-backed SibiaSilver-eared MesiaBlue-winged MinlaWhite-browed ShortwingScaly and Dark-sided ThrushesBuff-barred and Ashy-throated WarblersSlaty-backed and Snowy-browed FlycatchersYellow-bellied FlowerpeckerMrs. Gould’sBlack-throated, and Green-tailed Sunbirds, and Common Rosefinch.

Some of the highlight birds in the middle elevations and working the trees here include Red-headed TrogonLong-tailed BroadbillMaroon OrioleLesser Racket-tailed DrongoStripe-breasted WoodpeckerBlyth’s Shrike-babblerClicking Shrike-babblerHume’s TreecreeperChestnut-vented NuthatchRufous-backed SibiaLittle Pied and White-gorgeted FlycatchersLargeSmall, and Rufous-bellied Niltavas, and Rufous-winged and Yunnan Fulvettas. While, skulking on the forest floor, we will try our luck with the secretive Pygmy and Eyebrowed Wren-BabblersAsian StubtailSlaty-bellied TesiaWhite-tailed RobinLesser Shortwing, and Siberian Blue Robin. The mountain can also turn up some interesting migrant thrushes (e.g. ChestnutGrey-sidedWhite’s, and Eyebrowed Thrushes), chats (e.g. Himalayan Bluetail and Blue-fronted Redstart), and warblers (e.g. Pallas’s Warbler), and we will certainly be looking for those.

Overnight: Doi Inthanon (two nights)

Day 15: Birding Doi Inthanon, afternoon transfer and birding at Mae Ping National Park

After a final morning in the park we continue further south into some dry forest at Mae Ping National Park, where we focus our attention on some very impressive woodpeckers such as White-bellied WoodpeckerBlack-headed Woodpecker, and Great Slaty Woodpecker. We will also look for White-rumped FalconGray-headed ParakeetBurmese Nuthatch, and White-crested Laughingthrush. This usually peaceful park is a great place to spend an evening while trying to locate these special birds.

Overnight: Mae Ping

Day 16: Morning birding Mae Ping National Park, afternoon transfer to Doi Chiang Dao 

We will take a packed breakfast into Mae Ping National Park so we can be there around first light. We will again look for the birds mentioned above but will also possibly find Great BarbetLarge CuckooshrikeChinese FrancolinVelvet-fronted NuthatchGrey-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerGreater and Lesser YellownapesRed-billed Blue MagpieEurasian JayRufous Treepie, and Crested Treeswift.

After the morning birding session we will head north, back past Chiang Mai and up to the foot of the spectacularly scenic Doi Chiang Dao, a huge mountain that bursts out of some relatively flat rice paddy farmland. If there is time we will check some rice paddies where in the past we have found Brown-cheeked RailRuddy-breasted CrakeGreater Painted-snipeEastern Barn OwlPied HarrierRufous-winged BuzzardGrey-headed LapwingPintail SnipeChinese Pond HeronSiberian RubythroatPied Bush ChatSiberian StonechatLanceolatedPallas’s Grasshopper, and Thick-billed WarblersLong-tailed ShrikeBlack-collared Starling, and Wire-tailed Swallow. Some evening birding near our accommodation might yield Mountain Scops OwlBrown Hawk-OwlSpot-bellied Eagle-Owl, or maybe even an Oriental Bay Owl if we are really lucky.

Overnight: Chiang Dao

Day 17: High elevation birding at Doi Chiang Dao

We will spend the early morning near the top of Doi Chiang Dao, the seriously impressive massif that bursts out of the ground seemingly out of nowhere! There are numerous birds to look for here (and a lot of good ones too!), and we will time our 4×4 drive up the rough mountain road to get near the top as the sun rises. We will hope to find the gorgeous Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant along the way, maybe even Mountain Bamboo Partridge too. A couple of strategic stops will see us looking for the rather large Giant Nuthatch, and other possibilities up here might include Slender-billed and Maroon OriolesGrey-headed ParrotbillMountain Imperial PigeonHimalayan SwiftletGrey TreepieJapanese TitBlack BulbulHill PriniaJapanese White-eyeBlue Rock ThrushOrange-bellied LeafbirdSpot-winged Grosbeak, and Slaty-backed Forktail, along with numerous warblers and migrant flycatchers.

Depending on the weather on the mountain we may have lunch up here and spend a good chunk of the afternoon continuing birding here. However, if the weather deteriorates, as is fairly common here, we may drop to some middle and lower elevations. Luckily there are plenty of birds to find in this area.

Overnight: Chiang Dao

Day 18: Morning near Chiang Dao, afternoon Doi Ang Khang

Depending on the amount of time spent at the Chiang Dao rice paddies and the forest near our accommodation over the previous couple of days, we may spend some more time here in the morning (maybe looking for Pin-tailed Green PigeonBlue-bearded Bee-eaterSilver-breasted Broadbill, or Violet Cuckoo) or just head straight to our next mountain stop at Doi Ang Khang. This mountain, being a little further north, offers a few different species and other potential Chinese migrants and is a great vagrant hotspot. During the afternoon we will investigate some patches of forests, gardens, and scrub, where we might find White-tailed RobinChestnut-headed TesiaStreaked Wren-babblerBrown-breasted BulbulGrey Bush Chat, and Common Rosefinch.

Overnight: Doi Ang Khang

Day 19: Full day birding Doi Ang Khang

We’ll spend a full day in the forests and beautiful gardens on the mountain, where we will search for numerous Chinese migrants and vagrants (warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, and chats), along with some interesting resident species. Sometimes Rusty-naped Pitta may show up, and if that’s the case we will be sure to try and locate it. Other birds we will try and find during our time here include Mrs. Hume’s PheasantGiant NuthatchWhite-browed LaughingthrushBlack-eared Shrike-babblerStriated BulbulSpectacled BarwingScarlet-faced LiocichlaSilver-eared MesiaBlack-breasted ThrushWhite-capped RedstartBlack-headed GreenfinchSiberian RubythroatChestnut-bellied Rock ThrushHill Blue Flycatcher, and Spot-winged Grosbeak. There could be some great photographic opportunities for birds here too.

In the late afternoon we will descend to the town of Fang, where we will spend the next two nights at this ideal base to explore the northern mountains.

Overnight: Fang

Day 20: Full day birding Doi Lang

A really exciting day birding along the Thai-Myanmar (Burma) border is on the cards, with some great photographic opportunities too. Literally anything can, and does, turn up here, and we will be primed for Chinese migrants and vagrants, many of them coming to food provided by Thai and Chinese photographers.

Some of the possibilities for the day could include Mrs. Hume’s PheasantHodgson’s FrogmouthMountain Bamboo PartridgeSiberian RubythroatWhite-bellied RedstartBurmese ShrikeBlack-eared Shrike-babblerBlack-throated BushtitCrested FinchbillStriated BulbulChestnut-headed TesiaSpot-breasted and Grey-headed ParrotbillsWhiskered YuhinaRusty-cheeked Scimitar BabblerWhite-browed LaughingthrushScarlet-faced LiocichlaRufous-gorgetedWhite-gorgeted,Sapphire, and Ultramarine FlycatchersChestnut-bellied Rock ThrushOriental Turtle DoveMountain Hawk-EagleCook’s SwiftCrested Bunting, and Himalayan Cutia. We have even had Rusty-naped Pitta hopping along the center of the road out in the open here in the middle of the day – totally crazy scenes!

Late in the afternoon we will drive off the mountain back to our accommodation for a well-deserved hot meal!

Overnight: Fang

Day 21: Morning birding Thaton rice fields, afternoon birding Chiang Saen area

We start the day as the sun rises over the Thaton rice paddies. We will spend time here and along the adjacent river looking for River LapwingSmall PratincoleGrey-throated MartinJerdon’s Bush Chat, Chinese vagrants, and regular migrants (e.g. buntings – possibly the increasingly rare Yellow-breasted Bunting) before continuing on to the Chiang Saen Lake area for the afternoon, where we will look for a range of wildfowl, including Baer’s Pochard if we are very lucky, before we end the day watching the spectacular harrier roost – made up of hundreds of Pied Harriers and Eastern Marsh Harriers.

Overnight: Chiang Saen

Day 22: Chiang Saen area, transfer to Chiang Mai, then Bangkok

We have some early morning birding around the Chiang Saen and Mekong River areas, where we may find Red AvadavatYellow-eyed BabblerChestnut-capped Babbler, or other secretive species. Then in the late morning we will commence our drive back to the city, arriving back into Chiang Mai during mid-afternoon in time to catch an evening flight back to Bangkok, where the tour will conclude.

Overnight: Bangkok Airport area

Day 23: Tour concludes with departure from Bangkok

You’ll have time at leisure on your own before your international departure.

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes have to use a different international guide to the one advertised due to tour scheduling.

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We just returned from our trip to Thailand. It was wonderful. Thank you very much for arranging our tour with Andy Walker. He was the best guide we ever had. He is knowledgeable, easy going, hard working, and has all the qualities that people expect from a guide. We really enjoyed birding with him. We would be happy to go birding with him any time and would highly recommend him as a guide to any of our friends.

Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to have him as our guide.

Our Best Regards,

Ahmad and Sue – Canada

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