Thailand is quite simply the quintessential birding destination of Southeast Asia, boasting a fantastic diversity of habitats ranging from high mountain peaks draped with rhododendron forest to extensive mudflats and saltpans, and dense tropical lowlands resounding with birdsong. This tour is designed to take advantage of the influx of migrants from the north in addition to an amazing array of Asian species, including a host of localised and range-restricted specialities. Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, Great Hornbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue Pitta, Great Slaty and Black-headed Woodpeckers, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Giant Nuthatch and Green Peafowl are just some of the potential highlights of this incredible tour.! Furthermore, culturally, Thailand has few equals, and you will have opportunities to visit some of the many spectacular pagodas and shrines that adorn this friendly, varied and spectacular land.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper; Green Peafowl; Silver Pheasant; Siamese Fireback; Grey Peacock-Pheasant; Mrs Hume's Pheasant; Mountain Bamboo Partridge; Great Hornbill; Banded Kingfisher; Silver-breasted, Long-tailed, Black-and-yellow, Black-and-red & Dusky Broadbills; Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo; Blue & Eared Pittas; Rufous Limestone Babbler; Rusty-cheeked & Coral-billed Scimitar Babblers; Pied Harrier; White-rumped Falcon; Black-headed & Great Slaty Woodpeckers; Ratchet-tailed Treepie; Green Cochoa; Black-throated & Spot-breasted Parrotbills; Scarlet-faced Liocichla & Giant Nuthatch; Spectacled Barwing; Hodgson’s Frogmouth; Slaty-bellied Tesia; Silver-eared Mesia
Lar & Pileated Gibbons; Northern Pig-tailed Macaque; Dusky & Robinson's Banded Langurs; Black Giant Squirrel
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
generally hot and humid, cooler in highlands
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails
comfortable hotels and resorts
moderate with several challenging rainforest species
400 - 450
Pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, friendly people
good to very good
"This was my first Rockjumper trip and I have never before done an extended birding bird out of Australia. I have nothing but praise for the whole operation. Our local guide & Forrest were fantastic and are both to be commended for their knowledge, expertise, patience & energy. Was wonderful having 2 experts with us."
All our expectations for this trip were met and exceeded, beginning with our guide Andre Bernon, who is a delight in and out of the field. Fantastic birding skills and people skills, a great combination for a guide.
The guides, Rob Williams and Uthai Treesucon, were top notch and helped us to see many species of birds. We were allowed time to view or photograph them. They worked well together. Uthai was very good to the drivers, an important part of the trip. Rob was passionate, funny, very sociable and somehow managed to locate a frogmouth in a banana grove. It was a great privilege to be with Uthai. He taught me a lot about Thai customs, and was patient with everyone in the group. He helped me when I got sick, and he noticed if someone hadn't seen a bird, and tried to get them on it. The trip was beautifully planned and somehow we were wheels up at 6 am every day. It was a very well planned trip.
In the field, Keith and the local “Zen Birding Master’’ Uthai were an unbeatable combination. Their knowledge, persistence and patience were greatly appreciated. They tried to make sure everyone got the birds and were willing to go to great lengths to do so. Both had a great sense of humour and were a pleasure to travel with.
"Andre and our local guide were a terrific team. Travelling with the author of the Birds of Thailand was quite a treat. Andre catered to the needs of each participant. He was kind enough to lend me his extension cord which was quite helpful in hotels with few electric outlets. At the end of the tour he helped with transportation and overnight hotel prior to our flight out. Both guides were fantastic, skilled and capable birders. The food was plentiful and good. Overall this was a terrific trip with lots of beautiful sightings and many birds. We look forward to travelling with Rockjumper again."
12 Mar 2024 - 29 Mar 2024 (18 days)
THB256,950 - 1 Space Available
07 Feb 2025 - 24 Feb 2025 (18 days)
THB270,000 - 3 Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Paul Varney
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