Our Northern extension then begins in Hanoi and concentrates on the country’s northern-most birding hotspots of Tam Dao and Cuc Phuong National Parks. In the moss-draped montane evergreen forest of Tam Dao we’ll target Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Rufous-headed and Short-tailed Parrotbills, Collared Babbler, Green and Purple Cochoas, Grey Laughingthrush, Indochinese Yuhina and Chestnut Bulbul, while in the lower altitude hill forest at Cuc Phuong specialties include Blue-rumped, Bar-bellied and Eared Pittas, the rare Red-collared Woodpecker, White-tailed Flycatcher, Fujian Niltava, Tonkin (Currently Green-legged) Partridge, Malayan Night Heron, Pied Falconet, Limestone Wren-Babbler and Rufous-throated Fulvetta among many other wonderful species.
Chestnut-necklaced (Tonkin) & Bar-backed Partridges, Silver Pheasant, Malayan Night Heron, Pied Falconet, Streak-breasted, Large & Red-billed Scimitar Babblers, Rufous-headed & Short-tailed Parrotbills, Collared Babbler, Eyebrowed, Streaked & Limestone Wren-Babblers, Eared, Bar-bellied & Blue-rumped Pittas, White-tailed Flycatcher, Fujian Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Red-collared Woodpecker, Rufous-throated & David’s Fulvettas, Red-billed Blue & White-winged Magpies, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Red-headed Trogon, Chestnut Bulbul, Grey, Black-throated & Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Green & Purple Cochoas, Japanese & Grey-backed Thrushes, Asian Stubtail, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Sultan Tit, Indochinese Yuhina, Manchurian Bush Warbler, Fork-tailed Sunbird & Rufous-tailed Robin
lowland and montane evergreen forest, Limestone forest, deciduous forest, grasslands and wetlands
hot, humid but usually dry (very little rain at this time of year) in the lowlands. Warm days and cool nights in the highlands. Some rain (dense fog, low cloud & drizzle) can be expected in the highlands.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
fairly intense birding tour with long days (optional night birding on several occasions). Some moderately strenuous hikes (optional) but mostly easy walking along roads and tracks. Some long drives.
mostly comfortable hotels but a few basic establishments, however even these have the "creature comforts"l like air-conditioning & hot water showers
Ease of Birding
generally slow and challenging (quality over quantity)
delicious cuisine, scenic drives, an interesting history, some beautiful, intact forest still remaining in many areas
often challenging but mostly worthwhile