Our Relaxed 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.
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; 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.
Lar & Pileated Gibbons; Giant Squirrel; Asian Elephant; Yellow-throated Marten; Northern Red Muntjac; Northern Pig-tailed Macaque; Dusky Langur.
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
cool but generally comfortable in the higher areas, warmer and more humid lower down. Rain and mist is possible
10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
undemanding walking on forest trails and along forest roads, mostly in national parks
comfortable hotels and resorts
moderate with a few challenging rainforest species
pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, friendly people
good to very good
Andre Bernon and Uthai formed a great team and complemented one another in finding all the birds and then getting everybody on to them.
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.
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.
I had a wonderful trip to Thailand with Forrest as our leader. Every aspect of the Rockjumper trip surpassed expectations. From the pre trip support, wonderful fellow trip participants, amazingly delicious food, our helpful and kind Thai drivers, and of course Forrest, who has to be the best guide out there. His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge, along with a patient and friendly demeanor makes him a joy to be with. Kudos to the Rockjumper organization and I look forward to taking part in a future tour.
"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."
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