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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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!

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.

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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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