Malaysia is a developed Asian nation offering first class facilities, an extensive range of well serviced national parks and nature reserves, and a bounty of quality birds and mammals; simply put, this is the perfect destination for a birding tour! On this short extension we will visit one of Asia’s most famous birding sites, Fraser’s Hill, where highlights include the localized Blue Nuthatch, Black Laughingthrush, Malayan Whistling Thrush and Fire-tufted Barbet. We will also spend a day birding mangrove habitat at Kuala Selangor with specials such as Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Whistler, Ashy Minivet and Laced Woodpecker. This extension is a perfect addition to our Budget Borneo tour and offers the opportunity to pick up a good selection of widespread Asian species and a host of specials at a reduced price to our standard tour.
Blue Nuthatch, Black Laughingthrush, Malayan Whistling Thrush, Fire-tufted Barbet, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Whistler, Ashy Minivet, Laced Woodpecker, Black-and-crimson Oriole, Collared Babbler, Chestnut-breasted Malkohas, Pygmy & Marbled Wren-Babblers, Long-tailed, Lesser Adjutant, Green & Silver-breasted Broadbills and Rusty-naped Pitta
Siamang, Black Gibbon, Banded & Dusky Langurs, Wild Boar
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, rivers
generally hot and humid, cooler in highlands, some rain expected
8 with 1 local leader
moderate pace, walking on forest trails mostly undemanding but some longer hikes
comfortable to luxurious hotels and resorts
moderate with some challenging species
pristine lowland forest
Our local leader and Adam Walleyn made a great team; we appreciated Adam’s great skill at spotting and identifying the mammals and herptofauna, which is an important part of any birding trip for us.
We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.
Glen did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.
The Rockjumper guide (Adam Walleyn) is fantastic. His vast knowledge, enthusiam and helpfulness are exceptional. He always made sure that all saw the animal, and explained the plans for the day in detail. I am less enthusiastic on some of the Malaysian guides. Lieuw (guide in Sabah) is an exceptional birder and helped us to find many specific birds, but his key interest is to present specific (endemic) birds to the customers. I can understand that most tourists that travel with him are listers that want to see as may endomic bird species as possible, but for somebody that wants to enjoy nature as a whole this is at times too much. Having said that,, Liew is a great guy that shared many pictures with us, is extremely enthusiastic and can explain very well how certain (closely related) species differ from each other.
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