Overview

Our Southern Thailand: Rainforest Birding extension showcases the rich lowland forest ecosystem of peninsula Thailand, supporting many seldom-seen bird species. During this extension, we will be targeting a wonderful array of lowland forest specialities, including Blue-winged, Mangrove and Malayan Banded Pittas, Black Magpie, Red-crowned Barbet, and an assortment of colourful kingfishers and broadbills. The nocturnal birding here is also fabulous and we stand good chances of finding Oriental Bay Owl, Barred Eagle-Owl, Spotted and Brown Wood Owls, and Gould’s and Blyth’s Frogmouths. Furthermore, we will explore the nearby mangroves by boat and enjoy a day trip to the Similan Islands to find the brilliant Nicobar Pigeon, among other local specialities.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Malayan Banded & Mangrove Pittas, Banded, Brown-winged & Ruddy Kingfishers, Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle, Nicobar Pigeon, Banded, Green & Dusky Broadbills, Red-crowned Barbet, Oriental Bay Owl, Barred Eagle-Owl, Spotted & Brown Wood Owls, Gould’s & Blyth’s Frogmouths, Black-bellied Malkoha, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Crested Jay, Black Magpie, Large Wren-Babbler, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Forest Wagtail, Chinese Egret
Top Mammals
White-handed Gibbon, Mouse Deer, Long-tailed Macaques, Flying Fox
Habitats Covered
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
Expected Climate
generally hot and humid
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails
Accommodation
basic but comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with many challenging rainforest species
Number of Species Expected
200 - 250
Other Attractions
Pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, Similan islands and coral reef snorkelling, friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
good
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As for the Tour itself, it was excellent – Andre Bernon is a super leader, not just an excellent birder but very good with all the trip details, dealing with problems, staff etc. nothing was too much trouble. He is a thoroughly good bloke into the bargain. A great asset.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
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