Overview

Our Central & Northern Thailand birding tours cover the major birding sites of this fascinating land in our search for some very beautiful specialties. Setting out from the ostentatious capital of Bangkok, we scan the mudflats near Samut Sakhon for migrant waders (including one of the world’s most sought-after and endangered, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper), before continuing to Kaeng Krachan. This park, offering unbroken rainforest scenery, supports one of the richest bird species lists in Southeast Asia. We will be kept enthralled sifting through an assortment of bee-eaters, pigeons, broadbills, laughingthrushes and leafbirds among many others. We then head northeast of Bangkok to explore the forested hillsides of Khao Yai National Park where we will be overwhelmed by a vast array of broadbills, hornbills, bulbuls, babblers and barbets. A short flight north takes us to Chang Mai, where we explore the mountain forests of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s most famous birding site where a whole collection of uniquely Asian groups such as ioras, barwings, mesias, minlas, sibias, and niltavas will dazzle us with brilliant color and patterning. Hereafter we will bird through the mountains of Doi Angkhang on the border of Myanmar where we will continue finding representatives of unique groups including parrotbills, liocichlas, finchbills, bushchats and dazzling minivets. Other sites visited on our tour include Sab Sadou, Thaton and Doi Lang.

This tour is designed to take advantage of the incredible influx of migrants from the north, and an amazing compilation of resident Asian bird species. We will target a host of localized and range restricted species that might include such gems as Siamese Fireback, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher, Silver-breasted and the huge Dusky Broadbill, the spectacular Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue and Eared Pittas, White-rumped Falcon, the stunning Black-headed and Great Slaty Woodpeckers, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Green Cochoa, Black-throated and Spot-breasted Parrotbills, Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Giant Nuthatch and unbelievable Green Peafowl.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Green Peafowl, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher, Silver-breasted & Dusky Broadbill, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue & Eared Pitta, White-rumped Falcon, Black-headed & Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Green Cochoa, Black-throated and Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Scarlet-faced Liocichla & Giant Nuthatch
Top Mammals
White-handed Gibbon, Stump-tailed Macaque, Black Giant Squirrel
Habitats Covered
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
Expected Climate
generally hot and humid, cooler in highlands
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails
Accommodation
comfortable hotels and resorts
Ease of Birding
moderate with many challenging rainforest species
Number of Species Expected
400 - 450
Other Attractions
Pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
very good
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My Rockjumper guide, Andre Bernon, is the best guide I have birded with. I continue to be amazed at his impressive birding skills and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that his guests see the birds. I saw so many awesome birds on this tour because Andre would sometimes physically place me in the right spot so I could see the bird. How many guides have that much dedication to their guests? His excellent guiding skills ensured that all logistics of the birding tour went smoothly. Andre can read his guests and he knows when breaks are needed to avoid fatigue and frustration. His time management skills enabled his guests to arrive at their accommodations on time so that they could enjoy the check list, dinner and relaxation each evening. And Andre's wit and sense of humor made this a very fun birding tour.

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 Bernon and Uthai formed a great team and complemented one another in finding all the birds and then getting everybody on to them.

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.

One of the best tours ever: great guides, beautiful country, friendly people, excellent group, lots of birds, good mammals, comfortable vans, tasteful (local) food, decent beers, and good accommodation.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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