VIETNAM ( NON BUSINESS TOUR )

BEST OF SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL VIETNAM

Dates

20th Jan. to 3rd Feb. and from 15th Nov. to 30th Nov. 2019

Tour Cost

2.565.- USD with 8 pax

Single room supplement

USD 290

Group size

8 plus two leaders

Tour leader

Local guides + Josele J Saiz

Airport

UK-Ho Chi Min-UK

What´s included

All meals and accommodation, transport, internal flight, guiding and taxes

What´s not included

Insurance, flight ticket and things of personal nature


Tour code

Transport: in comfortable A/C mini bus 25 seat.Accommodation: All accommodations have en suite bathroom facilities and air-con or fan-cooled rooms.Tour pace & walking: Quite demanding due to high temperatures in the south, and there are some long walks (5km +) and some uphill and downhill trekking at places.Habitats : semi-evergreen forest, montane broadleaved, evergreen forest, pine forest, dry deciduous forest and grasslands.wetlands.

 

Selected species list


Blue-rumped & Bar-bellied Pitta, Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Orange-necked Partridge, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Lesser Adjutant, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler,Collared, Black-hooded, White-cheeked & Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Collared Babbler, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Grey-crowned Crocias, Hume’s Treecreeper, Grey-crowned Tit, Vietnamese Cutia, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Slender-billed Oriole, Burmese Shrike, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Black-crowned Parrotbill,Green Peafowl, Great Slaty Woodpecker,Austen’s Brown Hornbill, Chestnut-eared, Black-hooded & White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Pale-capped Pigeon, Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, White-winged Magpie, Grey-crowned Crocias,Golden-winged, Red-tailed, Black-hooded & White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Indochinese Fulvetta, Black-crowned Barwing, Annam Partridge, Blue-rumped & Bar-bellied Pitta, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler, Austen’s Brown Hornbill.

 


More information

Introduction

Vietnam, a country that for a generation was associated with suffering, has risen phoenix-like from the ashes of war to become one of Asia’s dynamic rising tigers. Vietnam’s economy is booming and travellers from around the world are discovering its ancient culture, picturesque countryside, deserted beaches, delicious cuisine and its friendly, smiling people. But what may come as the real surprise to many birders is that Vietnam has the highest number of endemic bird species on mainland South-East Asia. There are currently twelve species of bird that are found only in Vietnam, though this figure is liable to change at any time as taxonomic changes are made and species are 'split'. In addition to these twelve endemics there are many more near endemics, bird species restricted to Vietnam and a few neighbouring countries.

Since the 1990s the number of birders discovering Vietnam has risen steadily and its unique and exotic avifauna of over 850 species make it an enticing destination for the travelling birder.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Tien National Park
Arrive at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport and transfer by road to Cat Tien National Park, 150 km to the north. 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 elusive Orange-necked Partridge while the mammal list includes Leopard Cat, Lesser Mousedeer, Gaur and three beautiful primates, Black-shanked Douc Langur, Silvered Langur and Buff-cheeked Gibbon. Overnight at Cat Tien National Park.
 
Days 2, 3 & 4: Cat Tien National Park
Three days of birding 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 can be good for the near-endemic Germain’s Peacock-pheasant and Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied pittas while the beautiful Siamese Fireback can often be seen on an early morning drive to the start of the Crocodile Lake trail. Among the many other avian treats to be found at Cat Tien are Scaly-breasted Partridge, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, a dozen species of woodpecker, three species of broadbill and the Indochinese-endemic Grey-faced Tit-Babbler. Overnight at Cat Tien National Park.

Day 5: Cat Tien National Park to Di Linh
There is time for some final early morning birding at Cat Tien National Park before heading up Highway 20 to Di Linh. A short drive from Di Linh town a forested mountain pass known as Deo Suoi Lanh is an excellent site to look for several Dalat Plateau specialities including Black-hooded, White-cheeked and Orange-breasted laughingthrushes and the near-endemic Black-crowned Parrotbill. After an afternoon’s birding at Deo Suoi Lanh return to Di Linh for the night. Overnight at Di Linh.

Day 6: Di Linh to Dalat
An early morning visit to Deo Suoi Lanh to look for other exciting possibilities that could include Blue Pitta, Indochinese Green Magpie, Spotted Forktail and Green Cochoa, before continuing along 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 two rare Vietnamese endemics, Grey-crowned Crocias and Orange-breasted Laughingthrush. In addition to these two beauties, the very distinct local subspecies of Blue-winged Siva, Black-headed Sibia and Black-throated Sunbird can found here. Overnight at Dalat.
                        
Days 7, 8 & 9: 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 are 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 including Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Slender-billed Oriole, Burmese Shrike, Red Crossbill and Vietnamese Greenfinch. Overnight at Dalat.
                               
Day 10: Dalat to Yok Don National Park
Depart Dalat after an early breakfast for the scenic drive north to Yok Don National Park in Daklak Province. Arrive in time for lunch at the park canteen before setting out to explore the banks of the Srepok River and the dry deciduous forests of Yok Don. Specialities here that are not easily seen elsewhere in Vietnam include Fulvous-breasted, Rufous-bellied and Black-headed woodpeckers, Alexandrine and Blossom-headed parakeets, White-rumped pygmy-falcon, Rufous Treepie and near endemic Mekong Wagtail. Overnight at Yok Don National Park.

Day 11: Yok Don National Park to Mang Den
Early morning birding at Yok Don before the scenic drive north to Mang Den in Kontum Province with a lunch stop en route. Arrive in time for some late afternoon birding around Mang Den. Overnight at Mang Den.
 
Day 12: Mang Den

A full day’s birding at Mang Den where the recently-discovered and seldom-seen endemic, Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush, is the main target. Other specialities of the Mang Den area include the scarce Pale-capped Pigeon, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Black-hooded Laughingthrush and Indochinese Wren-babbler. Overnight at Mang Den.

Day 13: Mang Den to Dak To
A final morning of birding at Mang Den where other birds that are uncommon elsewhere in Vietnam can be found including Rufous-faced Warbler, Pale Blue Flycatcher and Grey-headed Parrotbill. Depart Mang Den after lunch for the drive northwards to Dak To. Arrive in the late afternoon for overnight at Dak To.

Day 14: Dak To to Ngoc Linh. Ngoc Linh to Bach Ma National Park
At 4 am begin an uncomfortable three-hour drive towards Mount Ngoc Linh on bone shaking, pot-holed roads. On arrival at the site spend a couple of hours searching for the beautiful endemic Golden-winged Laughingthrush, seen only by a handful of birders since its discovery in the late 1990s. The two other specialities that can most easily be seen around here are the near-endemic Black-crowned Barwing and Indochinese Fulvetta. Return to Dak To for lunch before continuing north to Bach Ma National Park. After checking in at the summit HQ accommodation there should be time for some late afternoon birding. Overnight at Bach Ma National Park.

Day 15: Bach Ma National Park to Ho Chi Minh City via Hue
A full morning for birding at Bach Ma National Park.  Target species here include the near-endemic Indochinese Wren-babbler, Silver Pheasant, Long-tailed & Silver-breasted broadbills, Indochinese Green Magpie, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Masked, Lesser-necklaced & Black-throated laughingthrushes. In the afternoon transfer to Hue Airport for the short flight to Ho Chi Minh City to connect with international flight to Europe.

            

 

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NO VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR VISITORS TO VIETNAM

 

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