Overview

Our Thailand Highlights tour is designed around the very best birding sites in Northern and Central Thailand, offering a superb selection of spectacular and sought-after Southeast Asian specials, along with a huge array of migrants from the north, which spend the frigid winters in these warmer climates. Time will be spent exploring the wetlands near Bangkok where we stand excellent chances of finding the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank and Chinese Egret. Major reserves visited include Kaeng Krachan, Khao Yai and Doi Lang where targets include the stunning Green Peafowl, Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, gorgeous Silver-breasted Broadbill, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue Pitta, White-rumped Falcon, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Green Cochoa – and much more! In addition, 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.

This is a short yet comprehensive alternative to our longer Northern & Central: Asian Birding at its Best tourand is suitable for both birders and non-birding spouses alike.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Green Peafowl, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Great & Tickell’s Brown Hornbills, Banded Kingfisher, Silver-breasted & Dusky Broadbills, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue & Eared Pittas, White-rumped Falcon, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Green Cochoa, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Chinese Egret, Malaysian Plover, Black-backed Forktail, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Asian Stubtail, Dark-sided Thrush
Top Mammals
White-handed and Pileated Gibbons, Giant Squirrel, Asian Elephant
Habitats Covered
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
Expected Climate
cool but generally comfortable in the higher areas, warmer and more humid lower down. Rain and mist is possible
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails and along forest roads, mostly in national parks
Accommodation
comfortable hotels and resorts
Ease of Birding
moderate with a few challenging rainforest species
Number of Species Expected
350+
Other Attractions
pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Thailand was truly a wonderful trip! Markus is unbelievable in getting everyone on the bird! His recognizing and scoping of the birds is superb. Beyond this he is [also] a very kind man with a great personality who keeps things on an even keel, making sure there is lots of laughter. Because of this, the group "gelled" very quickly. I plan to do more Rockjumper tours because of the information and encouragement he gave me and I hope he is the leader of at least some of the tours.

Andre was great as a guide and trip leader. He did an excellent job of spotting birds and getting us on them quickly, kept us informed on logistics and made the trip so much fun with his humor. I definitely want to travel with him again.

"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."

I just want to say a big thank you to Alison and the Rockjumper team for an absolutely fantastic trip through Thailand recently. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and successful trip. Also, I must comment Nigel Redman, who is an exceptional guide, with a vast knowledge of birds (in Thailand and beyond), as well as a keen knowledge of recent taxonomic changes in Asian birds, and for his management of the trip and the group. Luckily for me, this was my first time birding in Asia, so I managed upwards of 330 lifers!

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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