• Thailand countryside birding trips

Birding & Photography - 21 Days Thailand

This trip start and ends in Bangkok and includes 6 of the best wildlife parks and conservation areas in Thailand. Arriving in Bangkok we travel to the mud and salt flats of Ban Tha Lee and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park searching for the highly endangered Spoonbill Sandpiper among an array of waders and shorebirds. Kraeng Ka Cheng Reserve is a paradise of biodiversity where pittas, woodpeckers, pheasants and treepies can be photographed at close quarters while Doi Ithanon and Mae Wang Wildlife Parks are host to higher altitude species of Hornbills and Jays while the surrounding rice fields supports pipits, crakes,kingfishers, wagtails and hawks. A boat trip on the vast Bueng Boraphet Wetlands will bring us close up to Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Open-billed Stork, Kingfishers and Bitterns. Nam Nao Reserve contains dry, open forests where Elephants and birds abounds. Ending our trip we will spend time with the photogenic pig-tailed Macaques in Khoi Yai Reserve as well as the hornbills and gibbons which make this reserve a gem for wildlife and bird photography.

Itinerary

Day 1,2 Arrival and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

  • Day 1 Arrival and departure to coast.
  • Birding mudflats, salt pans, shore.
  • Day 2 Full day coastal and wetland birding

Birds: Spoonbill Sandpiper, Pin-tailed Snipe, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Red-necked Phalarope, Red-wattled Lapwing, Chinese Pondheron, Painted Stork, Long-toed Stint

Accommodation: Resort

Day 3 - 5 Kraeng Ka Cheng Wildlife Reserve

  • Morning traveling on day 3 and afternoon in bird hide
  • Two full days in park with option of another bird hide session


Birds: Green magpie, Silver Pheasant, Jungle Fowl, Racket-tailed Treepie, Great Hornbill, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Oriental Pied Hornbill,  Black-naped Oriole, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Orange-breasted Trogon, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Blue Pitta

Accommodation: Resort

Day 6 - 8 Mae Wang National Park

  • Morning traveling and afternoon park visit on day 6.
  • 2 Full days in park on day 7 and 8 with a visit to the summit.

Birds: Blue-throated Barbet, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Scarlet Minivet, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Crested Serpent Eagle, Blue-bearded Bee-eater

Accommodation: Cabins

Day 9 Kamphaeng Phet

  • Morning traveling and afternoon visit to old city: excellent dry forest birding among ruins

Birds: Racket-tailed Drongo, Asian Barred Owlet, Indian Roller, Green-billed Malkoha

Accommodation: B&B

Day 10 - 12 Doi Ithanon National Park

  • Driving to Doi Ithanon on day 10 and visiting the parrot viewing deck in the afternoon.
  • Doi Ithanon Wildlife Reserve and surrounding rice fields on day 11 and 12.

Birds: Humes Warbler, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Chestnut-tailed Minia, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Golden-fronted Leavebird, Green Peafowl, Blossom-headed Parakeet

Accommodation: Resort

Day 13 - 15 Nam Nao Reserve

  • Morning drive to Nam Nao and birding in countryside on day 13
  • 2 full days visiting park on days 14 and 15

Birds: Lesser and Greater Yellownapes, Common and Greater Flamebacks, Grey Capped Woodpeckers, White-hooded Babbler, Red-headed Trogon and Green Magpie

Accommodation: B&B

Day 16 - 17 Nokan Sawan, Bueng Boraphet

  • Morning travelling and afternoon birding of the flooded rice fields of the western banks
  • Day 17 Morning boat trip, birding walk on shores

Birds: Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Yellow Bittern, Asian Koel, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Copersmith Barbet, Woodswallows, White-breasted Waterhen

Accommodation: Resort

Day 18 - 20 Khao Yai Reserve

  • Morning traveling on day 10 and afternoon visit to park.
  • Two full days in reserve

Birds: Pied Imperial Pigeon, Great Hornbill, Pied Fantail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-rumped Shama, Tailorbird, White-crested Laughing Thrush, Chinese Sparrowhawk

Accommodation: Resort

Day 21 Departure

  • Depending on time of departure, some morning countryside birding
  • 3 hour drive to Bangkok and airport, departure flight