Southern peninsular Thailand showcases a rich lowland forest ecosystem 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, Malayan 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.
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Malayan Banded & Mangrove Pittas; Banded, Brown-winged, Black-capped & 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; Great Eared Nightjar; Chestnut-breasted & Black-bellied Malkohas; Bushy-crested Hornbill; Scarlet-rumped Trogon; Crested Jayshrike; Black Magpie; Large Wren-Babbler; Thick-billed Spiderhunter; Forest Wagtail; Chinese Egret Top Mammals
Lar Gibbon; Dusky Langur; Southern Pig-tailed & Crab-eating Macaques; Island Flying Fox Habitats Covered
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats Expected Climate
generally hot and humid Max Group Size
10 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 several 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
"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."
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.
Andre Bernon and Uthai formed a great team and complemented one another in finding all the birds and then getting everybody on to them.
"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."
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.