1st to 15th December / 2018 & also in 2019

Tour Cost

2018 BAHT 99.300 to be paid in GBP

2019 BAHT 109.000.- to be paid in GBP

Single room supplement

BAHT 24.100-

Group size

8/10 plus two leaders

Tour leader

Local guides + Josele J Saiz


UK - Bangkok - Chiang Mai /Chiang Rai - Bangkok - UK

What´s included

Full services of an experienced guide. Small additional charge for one early morning start and any night time birding. All ground and boat transportation together with any reserve entry fees and permissions. Use of 4wd vehicles where required. Guides internal flight(s). Unlimited cold bottled wáter in the vehicle(s).

What´s not included

Internal flights(usually no extra cost if flying internationally with Thai Airways), travel insurance, drinks with meals, laundry, telephone calls.

Tour code

Transport: in comfortable A/C mini bus 6 seats for 4 pax. Accommodation: Superior Accommodations twin bed room or single Habitats Covered:Public Gardens, Rice Fields, Swamp Forest, Mangrove Forest, River Sandbar, Mixed Forest, Pine Forest, Evergreen Hill Forest.
Tour pace & walking: Moderate 


Selected species list

 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank, Asian Dowitche, Great Slaty Woodpecke, .Rufous-throated Hill-partridg Pied Harrier, Black Baza, Violet Cuckoo, Giant Nuthatch, Jerdon's Bushchat, Siberian Blue Robin, Scarlet-faced Liocichla , Himalayan Bluetail, Dark-sided Thrush, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Black-throated Laughingthrush, White-browed Shortwing,Spectacled Barwing, Crested Finchbill.

More information


Thailand is situated in South-east Asia, in the Indo-Chinese peninsula of the Oriental Region and has been described as a zoogeographic crossroads because the country's avifauna comprises Sino-Himalayan, Indo-Burmese, Indo-Chinese and Sundaic elements and there are a large number of migrant visitors from the Palaearctic Region. There are approximately 962 species (2 endemics) currently recorded, in other words 10% of the world species are present in Thailand.
     Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate. Generally the dry season is during November to April and the rainy season from May to October but, the southern and Southeastern provinces receive rain during Nov.-Jan..
      Geologically the country can be divided in the following way. The Central Plain extends to the coast around Bangkok and consists of areas of marshy floodplains. The North lying between the Mekong and Salween Rivers, is mainly mountainous, the highest peak at Doi Inthanon is 2,565m above sea level. The Northeast consists of dry plateau (Korat Plateau) mostly consisting of dry soil but there are some good forests such as Khao Yai located in this region. The East and Southeast has the isolated mountains of Khao Soi Dao at the westward part of the country near the Cambodia border. The West and Southwest has a large forested area and is divided from the Burmese border by the Tanassarim range. The South lying between the Andaman sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Peninsula Thailand is the southern part, which is a part of Sunda faunal sub-region.


Day 1 : Bangkok - West of Bangkok - Phetchaburi
06:30 – Our leader will meet the group at the hotel lobby (Ibis Bangkok Riverside Hotel ) at 0630 hours and then transfer 40 minutes to Wat Chalerm Phrakiet temple and public park to see birds such as Spotted Owlet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Coppersmith Barbet, Oriental Magpie Robin, Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Pied Starling, Common Iora, Common Tailorbird, Indian Roller, Asian Common Koel, Greater Coucal, Openbill Stork and more. Around 1000 hours it will be a 40 minute transfer to Mahachai mangrove forest, where birds come to ‘take a bath’. Hope to see Oriental White-eye, Mangrove Whistler, Brown-throated Sunbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, Flyeater, Collared Kingfsher and more, before heading to Wat Chong Lom temple where a colony of Germain's Swiftlets can be found inside the building. A short transfer to some freshwater hábitat will follow. Resident birds such as Chinese Pond Heron, Long-tailed Shrike, Bronze-winged Jacana, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, White-browned Crake, three species of Weaver, Chestnut Munia, Oriental Partincole, Flavescent Woodpecker, Plain Prinia, Plain-backed Sparrow can all be found here. Meals : L/D : Overnight : L/D
Royal Diamond Hotel

Day 2 :
Gulf of Thailand.
After breakfast at the hotel we will transfer in 30 minutes to Bann Pak Thale to look for Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann's Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher and many more species of shore birds. Just a short distance away at Lame Pak Bia, a local boatman will take us along the river into the sea and to a sand split where the ‘White-faced’ Plover is usually present. We should also see Malaysia Plover and Chinese Egret there. We’ll then relocate to the nearby Kings Project and rice fields, where we should find freshwater species such as Painted Stork, Black-capped Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Watercock, plus Siberian Stonechat, Black Drongo, Black-winged Stilt to name but a few.
It is then just a 60 minute transfer to our overnight base near Kaeng Krachan NP. Meals : B/L/D
: Overnight : Samarn Bird Camp

Days 3 and 4 : Kaeng Krachan
N P.
First day birding around the foothills and second day near the summit : Between Km.1 and 7 in secondary forest with fresh wáter ponds we hope to see Black Heron, Little Grebe, Yellow Bittern, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Hoopoe, Ashy Woodswallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Pied Hornbill and many others. Between Km. 7 and 13 there is mixed forest where we can look for Black-thighed Falconet, Black-naped Oriole, Blue-winged Leafbird, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Greater Yellownape, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Crested Serpent Eagle and Black Baza. From Km. 15 to18 around Ban Krang Camp there is evergreen forest where we should see Red-wattled Lapwing, Asian-barred Owlet, Orange-breasted Trogon, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Ochraceous Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Green Iora, Green Magpie, Sultan Tit, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Common Flameback, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Green-eared Barbet, Striped Tit-Babbler, Blue Pitta, Brown Hornbill and Great Hornbill. Further into the park between Km. 30 and 36 (Pha Nean Thung) in hilly evergreen forest we will spend half a day looking for Red-breasted Bee-eater, Pin-tailed Parrotfinch, Great Hornbill, Flavescent Bulbul, White-hooded Babbler, White-browed Shrike-Babbler, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Great Barbet, Streaked Spiderhunter, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo. Mammals such as the White-handed Gibbon and Dusky Leaf Languor are also likely to be seen near the highest point of the mountain.
Meals : B/L/D
: Both Overnights : Samarn Bird Camp

Day 5 : Bird Hide outside Kaeng Krachan, then Khao Yai.
Only fifteen minutes from Samarn Bird Camp we will spend most of the morning at a bird hide hoping to see Eared Pitta, Red Junglefowl, Silver Pheasant, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Striped Tit-Babbler, Racket-tailed Treepie, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, White-crested Laughingthrush, Lesser-necklaced Laughingthrush, Greater-necklaced Laughingthrush, Green Magpie, Abbott’s Babbler, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Pied Fantail and others. After lunch it will take the rest of the afternoon to travel to Khao Yai to the north east of Bangkok.
Meals : B/L/D
: Overnight : Balios Hotel outside the park

Day 6 : Khao Yai
We will spend the whole day inside the Khao Yai NP. At the Heaw Narok Waterfall we should see Banded Kingfsher, Pied Hornbill, Abbott’s Babbler, Purple-throated Sunbird. Around Zone Thanarat Bungalow the habitat is scrub, grass field and forest edge, which should produce such birds as Hill Myna, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater and Heart-spotted Woodpecker. Along the Khao Khiew Road we hope to see Orange-breasted Trogon, Red-headed Trogon, Blue Pitta, Siamese Fireback, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Greater Flameback and Thick-billed Pigeon. From the Pha Diew Dai viewpoint, where the habitat is evergreen and hill forest, species should include Red-headed Trogon, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Puff-throated Babbler to name just a few. Around the Pha Kaw Mai Campsite we may see Orange-headed Thrush, Siberian Blue Robin, Hainan Blue Flycatcher and five species of Flowerpecker (Buff-breasted, Yellow-vented, Fire-breasted, Plain and Scarlet-backed). A nearby forest trail is the home of Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, White-crested Laughingthrush, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Eared Pitta, Banded Kingfsher and Long-tailed Broadbill. The 2.8 Km Haew Suwat waterfall trail has White-crowned Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail and Blue-eared Kingfisher.
Meals : B/L/D
: Overnight : Balios Khao Yai Hotel

Day 7 : KhaoYai – Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport – Chiang Mai
After a morning’s birding inside the park and after an early lunch we will make the 2.5 hour transfer back to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), for an afternoon fight to Chiang Mai (CNX), arriving around 18.30 hrs. Dinner will be taken at the Chiang Mai Cultural Khantok Dinner Show.
Meals : B/L/KhantokDinnershow (drinks extra) : Overnight : The Greenery Airport Hotel, or Similar

Day 8 : Chiang Mai - Huay Hong Khrai - Mae Hiab - Doi Inthanon
After breakfast we will transfer just 40 minutes away to the Huay Hong Khrai Kings Project, the best place to see Green Peafowl, and hopefully Red-billed Blue Magpie, Asian-barred Owlet, Lineated Barbet, Black Baza, Rosy Minivet and more than 20 other species. We then drive back to Chiang Mai for a buffet lunch at Pub Pla restaurant, before heading to the Mae Hiab agriculture area close to Chiang Mai town. We should see there, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Burmese Shrike, Red Avadavat, Lesser-whistling Duck, Purple Sunbird, Oriental Skylark, Pied Bushchat, Scaly-breasted Munia and Wire-tailed Swallow, amongst others. It is then an hour and half to our overnight hotel by the Doi Inthanon NP.
Meals : B/Buffet/D :
Overnight : Royal Project Resort, or similar

Days 9 and 10 : Doi Inthanon
Two full days birding inside the park. Deciduous forest for a chance of Collared Falconet, White-rumped Falconet (50%) and Black-backed Forktail, plus Black-headed Woodpecker. Further inside the park the Wachirathar Waterfall birding highlight is White-capped Redstart, Blue-whistling Thrush, Plumbeous Redstart and Salty-backed Forktail. At the 38 km. check point, we hope to find species including Rufous-bellied Niltava, Small Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Grey-cheeked Fulveta, Black-headed Sibia, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Grey-headed Flycatcher, White-browed Piculet, White-throated Fantail, Silver-eared Mesia, Spectacled Barwing, Grey-chinned Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Flavescent Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul. By the roadside at the Summit (2,685 metres and the highest point in Thailand) you are certain to see the Green-tailed Sunbird, plus perhaps Grey Bushchat, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Yellow-bellied Fantail and Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Lesser Shortwing, White-browed Shortwing, Verditer Flycatcher, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Ashy-throated Warbler, Eurasian Woodcock and many others. At Huay Sai Luang waterfall we may find Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-headed Bulbul, Eurasian Jay, Grey Treepie, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White-tailed Robin, Scaly Thrush and Chestnut-flanked White-eye. The waterfall is also a good spot to see Yellow Wagtail. After dark we will look for Hodgson's Frogmouth, Gould's Frogmouth and Mountain Scops Owl.
Meals : B/L/D
: Overnight : Royal Project Resort, or similar

Day 11 : Doi Inthanon - Doi Chiang Dao foothills - Doi Ang Khang
Another visit this morning to Doi Inthanon NP and after lunch we will make the three hour transfer to Wat Pha Blog cave, a tourist attraction for sure, but where you are likely to see such birds as Limestone Wren Babbler, Spot- bellied Eagle Owl (evening), Dark-hooded Oriole, Pin-tailed Pigeon, Orange-breasted Trogon, Asian Fairly Bluebird, White-throated Fantail and more. It is then another 90 minutes or so to Doi Ang Khang, where before it gets dark we hope to see such birds as White-capped Redstart, White Wagtail, Rufous-bellied Niltava, White-tailed Robin and Rusty-naped Pitta.
Meals : B/L/D :
Overnight : Amari Nature Hotel.

Day 12 : Doi Ang Khang - Fang
We will spend a full day inside the park at key spots such as the Royal Project, the Military Area by the Thai-Burma border and a garbage área. Pine Forest birds will include Red-faced Liocichla, Little Pied Flycatcher, Siberian Rubythroat, White-browed Laughingthrush, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, Siberian Stonechat, Spectacled Barwing, Dark-sided Thrush, Black-breasted Thrush, Scaly Thrush, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Brown-breasted Bulbul, Crested Finchbill, Siberian Rubythroat, Long-tailed Broadbill, Common Rosefnch, Spot-winged Grosbeak and more. Around 1600 hours we will travel (about an hour) to our next hotel in Fang town.
Meals : B/L/D : Overnight: Tangerine Ville Fang

Day 13 : Doi San Ju
There are two sides to this mountain, a major tourist attraction and birding spot. Doi San Ju is in the Fang District and Doi Lang is in Mae Ai District, The tourists have to drive up and down, but we will utilise a pick up truck due to the poor road. This saves us time in not having to drive down and back up the other side, a longish route. We will leave the hotel for Doi San Ju at 0430 hours. There are many birding spots and photographic opportunites and we hope to see Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, Hume's Pheasant, Giant Nuthatch, several species of Minivets, Red-faced Liocichla, Striated Bulbul, Crested Finchbill, Whited-tailed Leaf Warbler, Chestnust-crowned Warbler, Black-eared Shrike-Babbler, Chestnut-fronted Shrike-Babbler, White-browed Shrike-Babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Blue-winged Minla, Whiskered Yuhina, Striated Yuhina, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, White-bellied Redstart, Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Himalayan Bush-Robin and many more.
 Meals : Bbox/Lbox/D :
Overnight : Tangerine Ville Fang.

Day 14 : Fang - Tha Ton - Bird Hide at Chiang Saen Lake

After breakfast it is just a 20 minute transfer to the Tha Ton open área with rice fields, fresh water ponds and the Mae Kok river. Garden birds include Bluethroat, Siberian Rubythroat, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Racket-tailed Treepie, Red Avadavat and more. After birding we can visit the Tha Ton Temple, a famous tourist spot. Around 1000 hours we will make the 90 minute transfer to Chiang Saen Lake for water birds and raptors. The highlights here will include Pied Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Rufous Treepie, Purple Swamphen, White Wagtail, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Bronze-winged Jacana, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and on this day or tomorrow we will take a boat trip onto the large lake in the hope of seeing Baer’s Pochard. Around 17:00 hours, an hour before dark, we will go to a bird hide to watch Pied Harriers landing right in front of us – easy photography and great views. We are now close to The Golden Triangle, the meeting point of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.
Meals : B/L/D
: Overnight : Sabai @ Chiang Saen Hotel or similar.

Day 15 : Chiang Saen Lake - Chiang Rai Airport

We will spend a final day birding around Chiang Saen in the hope of an extra species or two. If we didn’t include a boat trip on Day 14 then it will be done this day. We will fill the day with a visit to The Golden Triangle and some last birding along the Meakong River where Jerdon’s Bushchat could be a final addition to your lists. Possibly include the famous temple - Wat Rong Khun – before heading to Chiang Rai Airport (CEI) for an evening flight to connect with your probably very late return departure from BKK.




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