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28 Days Viewing And Photographing Some Of Southeast Asia’s Finest Birds

Bangkok, Thailand
28 Days
15
$4480.00

28 Days Viewing And Photographing Some Of Southeast Asia’s Finest Birds

$4480.00
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28 Days viewing and photographing some of Southeast Asia’s finest birds

Southeast Asia’s biodiverse national parks and nature reserves.

Visit one of the largest concentrations of waterbirds in Southeast Asia, the Salt Pans of Phetburi Province, Thailand.
Khao Yai National Park, South Thailand.
Doi Inthanon National Park, North Thailand.
Explore Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, to locate the rare Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, and two rare primates, the Black-shanked Duoc Langur and Buff-cheeked Gibbon.
Enter the evergreen forest on Mount Lang Bien, Vietnam, home of the beautiful and endemic Collared Laughingthrush.
Visit the otherworldly ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Seek the critically endangered Bengal Florican in the grasslands at Kompong Thom, Cambodia.
Go off the beaten path for Giant Ibises and White-shouldered Ibises in Cambodia.
Bird among the megalithic ruins of the Plain of Jars, Laos.
Pursue the recently discovered Bare-faced (Bald-headed) Bulbul, the only naked-headed bird in Southeast Asia.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: THAILAND: Arrive Bangkok. Bangkok to Phetburi

Arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and transfer to hotel at Phetburi. Overnight at Phetburi Hotel, Phetburi.

Leave Bangkok early for a day trip to the mudflats and salt pans of Phetburi Province where huge concentrations of wintering shorebirds congregate. Possible species here include the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher and Malaysian Plover. Return to Bangkok in the late afternoon for a final night. Overnight at Bangkok.

Leave Bangkok by road after breakfast for Khao Yai, one of Thailand’s premier national parks. Overnight at Khao Yai.

Forest Wagtail catching an insect, filmed by Greg R. Homel in Khao Yai National Park.

Khao Yai has some of the least disturbed and most accessible lowland forest anywhere in the country. Birds of interest here include Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, Great Hornbill and Eared and Blue pittas. Overnight at Khao Yai.

Male and female Golden-fronted Leafbirds probing the blossoms of a mimosa, filmed by Greg Homel in Khao Yai National Park.

Leave Khao Yai National Park after breakfast and return to Bangkok for the 12:55 flight to Chiang Mai. Arriving in Chiang Mai at 14:05 transfer directly to Doi Inthanon National Park. Overnight at Inthanon Highland Resort, Doi Inthanon.

There are two full days to explore Doi Inthanon National Park, one of the richest birdwatching sites in the country. Specilaities here include Rufous-throated Partridge, Black-tailed Crake, Brown Wood-Owl, Green Cochoa, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Spectacled Barwing and Green-tailed Sunbird. Overnight at Inthanon Highland Resort, Doi Inthanon.

There may be time for some early morning birding before heading to Chiang Mai to take the 14:10 flight to Siem Reap via Bangkok. Arrive in Siem Reap at 18:15 and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Bopha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap.

A full day tour of the Angkor temples includes the magnificent 12th century Angkor Wat, the fabulous Ta Prohm Temple, embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, the mysterious Bayon Temple and the Terrace of Elephants. Overnight at Bopha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap.

An early start to transfer to Cambodia’s great lake, Tonle Sap. After a quick breakfast the day is spent birding at the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve by boat and from watchtowers in the flooded forest. Prek Toal has one of the largest concentrations of waterbirds in South-East Asia with Oriental Darter, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted and Milky storks, Asian Openbill and Greater and Lesser adjutants among the species that can be seen. Return to Siem Reap in the late afternoon after a visit to the small GECKO (Global Environmental Chhong Kneas Office) visitor centre if the water level allows. This itinerary may vary depending on local conditions at Tonle Sap. Overnight at Bopha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap.

Leave Siem Reap after breakfast for the grasslands at Kompong Thom to search for the critically endangered Bengal Florican and wintering Manchurian Reed-Warbler. Raptors including Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier and Greater Spotted Eagle are often seen cruising over the grasslands here. In the afternoon continue to Tmatboey. Overnight at Tmatboey.

Two full days at Tmatboey to search for the critically endangered Giant and White-shouldered ibises. These two species are only found at remote waterholes called trapeangs far from human settlements and tracking these secretive birds can involve long walks of up to 10 km. Other sought-after species at Tmatboey include Greater Adjutant, Black-necked Stork, Greater Spotted Eagle, White-rumped Falcon and Pale-capped Pigeon. Overnight at Tmatboey.

Leave Tmatboey after some final early morning birding and head back to Siem Reap by road. Transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa on arrival. The afternoon is free at leisure in Siem Reap. Overnight at Bopha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap.

After breakfast transfer to Siem Reap International Airport in time for the 10:30 flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 11:50 and transfer directly by road to Cat Tien National Park, four hours’ drive up Highway One. Cat Tien National Park contains the largest remaining area of lowland tropical forest in southern Vietnam and an incredible diversity of birds and mammals. Endangered birds found at Cat Tien include Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl and the very elusive Orange-necked Partridge while the mammal list includes Leopard Cat, Lesser Mousedeer, Sambar, Gaur and two endangered primates, Black-shanked Douc Langur and Buff-cheeked Gibbon. Overnight at Forest Floor Lodge, Cat Tien National Park.

Three days of birding and photography at Cat Tien National Park. There are excellent trails starting right at the park headquarters and for areas further afield such as Crocodile Lake jeeps are used. The 5 km walk through semi-evergreen forest to Crocodile Lake is a great place to look for the near-endemic Germain’s Peacock-pheasant, Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied pittas while Siamese Fireback can often be seen on an early morning drive through the park. Among the many other avian treats to be found at Cat Tien are Scaly-breasted Partridge, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, White-bellied, Great Slaty, Pale-headed, Black-and-buff and Heart-spotted woodpeckers, three species of broadbill and the Indochinese-endemic Grey-faced Tit-Babbler. Overnight at Forest Floor Lodge, Cat Tien National Park.

Day 20: Cat Tien National Park to Dalat

There is time for some final early morning birding at Cat Tien National Park before heading up Highway 20 to the cooler climes of Dalat. In the afternoon make the first of several visits to the Ta Nung Valley, a small but bird-filled area of remnant evergreen forest 10 km from Dalat. This is the most accessible site for the rare and endemic Grey-crowned Crocias and Orange-breasted Laughingthrush. In addition the very distinct local subspecies of Blue-winged Siva, Black-headed Sibia and Black-throated Sunbird are common here. Overnight at Dalat Palace Hotel, Dalat.

There are several other excellent birding sites around Dalat. At Mount Lang Bian, a 2,169 m high peak 20 minutes from Dalat, Hume’s Treecreeper, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Grey-crowned Tit, Vietnamese Cutia and Black-crowned Fulvetta can be found in the remaining evergreen forest below the summit. The most sought-after species here however is the beautiful and skulking endemic Collared Laughingthrush. Ho Tuyen Lam, a man-made lake just out of town, is a great place to look for some of the local pine specialists such as Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Slender-billed Oriole, Burmese Shrike, Red Crossbill and Vietnamese Greenfinch. Overnight at Dalat Palace Hotel, Dalat.

A final morning of birding and photography at Dalat before transferring to the airport for the flight north to Hanoi departing at 15:30. Arrive at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport at 17:10 and transfer to hotel for overnight. Overnight at Mercure Hanoi La Gare, Hanoi.

Transfer back to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport after an early breakfast for the 09:40 flight to Vientiane. Arrive in Vientiane at 10:45 and transfer directly to Na Hin by road. Arrive at Na Hin in mid-afternoon and check-in at the Sainamhai Resort. Overnight at Sainamhai Resort, Na Hin.

A full day for birding at Na Hin where the main target will be the recently discovered Bare-faced Bulbul which lives on the limestone karst formations found in the area. Other species to look out for here include the very elusive Red-collared Woodpecker, Limestone Leaf-warbler and Sooty Babbler. Overnight at Sainamhai Resort, Na Hin.

A final morning birding at Na Hin before heading back to Vientiane in the afternoon. Overnight at the City Inn Hotel, Vientiane.

At leisure in Vientiane until transferring to Wattay International Airport for the 13:20 flight to Xieng Khuang (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday only) the base for exploring the extraordinary Plain of Jars. Arrive in Xieng Khuang at 13:50 a spend an afternoon at the Plain of Jars. Overnight at Vansana Hotel, Xieng Khuang.

A full day to explore and photograph the wonderful Plain of Jars. Overnight at Vansana Hotel, Xieng Khuang.

More time to explore the region before transferring to the airport for the 14:30 to Vientiane. Arrive in Vientiane at 15:00 in good time for departure fight to Bangkok at 21:45.

FLEXIBILITY:
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1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 1 to 3 months in the future. This just gives us time to promote the trip and find other people to join you.

2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can do our best to get a group for the dates you choose but we cannot guarantee standard pricing until we achieve a minimum of 2 people

3. This offer is subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule..

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The price shown on tour program includes everything mentioned on the tour but excludes flight (domestic and international). Unlike other tour operators that include these flights in the program, we want to give you the option of customizing these flights based on your request. As flight cost will change from season to season, you will save a lot by looking into the flight after finalizing the tour and we can surely help search the best price flight for you.

All of the portion of the tour are private (unless otherwise stated): airport pick up, guided tour, etc. Price is based on 2 people travelling together so if you are a single person, the price may differ. We place a strong focus on both individualized experience and value for money – so please enjoy your tour booking process with us with peace of mind.

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How our prices work:

The price shown on tour program includes everything mentioned on the tour but excludes flight (domestic and international). Unlike other tour operators that include these flights in the program, we want to give you the option of customizing these flights based on your request. As flight cost will change from season to season, you will save a lot by looking into the flight after finalizing the tour and we can surely help search the best price flight for you.

All of the portion of the tour are private (unless otherwise stated): airport pick up, guided tour, etc. Price is based on 2 people travelling together so if you are a single person, the price may differ. We place a strong focus on both individualized experience and value for money – so please enjoy your tour booking process with us with peace of mind.

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Vietnam and Indochina has the utmost luxury hotels and other tour facilities to cater to your budget. For a budget higher than the one stated, we can make some of the following modification to your program based on your request.
Flights in Business or First Class flight (compared with Economy flight).
More luxury hotels/cruises or more luxury rooms in the same hotel/cruise. Standards of accommodation.
Longer stay at certain city based on your request.
Extra service or extra meals.
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Make extra trip to Phu Quoc or Con Dao, two of our most beautiful islands. Etc…
Stay longer on your cruise trip to Halong Bay. Etc…
Stay extra days and relax at beachside resort. Etc…
Spend more time visiting northern mountain province.

How our prices work:

The price shown on tour program includes everything mentioned on the tour but excludes flight (domestic and international). Unlike other tour operators that include these flights in the program, we want to give you the option of customizing these flights based on your request. As flight cost will change from season to season, you will save a lot by looking into the flight after finalizing the tour and we can surely help search the best price flight for you.

All of the portion of the tour are private (unless otherwise stated): airport pick up, guided tour, etc. Price is based on 2 people travelling together so if you are a single person, the price may differ. We place a strong focus on both individualized experience and value for money – so please enjoy your tour booking process with us with peace of mind.

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