After being isolated from the birding and travelling world for so long, Vietnam has become one of the key destinations on the world birding travel map. Our series of tours take in all the essential sites, giving us an excellent chance of locating all of Vietnams’ viable endemic and near endemic species.
Our main tour departs from Hue, covering another large variety of unique habitats in central Vietnam from the dry woodlands of Yok Don and the lush montane forests of Mang Den to the scrubby, secondary forest of Lo Xo Pass. These birding hotspots afford us the chance of seeing some of Vietnam’s most seldom-encountered avian specialties that include the near-mythical Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush, recently discovered Black-crowned Barwing, as well as localized endemics and global rarities such as Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler, White-winged Magpie and Mekong Wagtail.
A scenic drive from Yok Don will take us to Da Lat, a former French hill station at the southern extreme of the Central Highlands. From Da Lat we will make day trips to the nearby Mount Lang Bian, the Ta Nung Valley and Ho Tuyen Lam for Collared Laughingthrush, Grey-crowned Bushtit, Vietnamese Cutia, Vietnamese Greenfinch and Black-crowned Fulvetta, as well as the once mythical Grey-crowned Crocias, a species thought to have been extinct for over 50 years! Di Linh offers up some mouth-watering specialities including Black-hooded, White-cheeked and Orange-breasted Laughingthrushes as well as the near-endemic Black-crowned Parrotbill.
We finish our tour in the magnificent lowland tropical forests of Cat Tien National Park. Numerous specialities, both avian and mammalian occur here, and we hope to find Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pittas, Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, the elusive Orange-necked Partridge, Great Slaty, Pale-headed and Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, Lesser Adjutant and Grey-faced Tit-Babbler. Significant mammals could include Leopard Cat, Lesser Oriental Chevrotain, Gaur and three beautiful primates, Black-shanked Douc Langur, Silvered Lutung and Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon. Now that peace reigns over the once troubled land of Vietnam, we invite those with a taste for the exotic to explore this incredible country.
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Chinese Francolin, Bar-backed, Orange-necked & Green-legged Partridges, Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, Germain's Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Hodgson's & Blyth's Frogmouths, Great Eared Nightjar, Silver-backed Needletail, Ashy-headed & Yellow-vented Green Pigeons, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Oriental Scops Owl, Orange-breasted & Red-headed Trogons, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Red-vented, Necklaced, Moustached & Indochinese Barbets, White-browed Piculet, Heart-spotted, Black-and-buff, Great Slaty, Black-headed, Freckle-breasted, Stripe-breasted & Pale-headed Woodpeckers, White-rumped Falcon, Collared Falconet, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Long-tailed, Silver-breasted & Dusky Broadbills, Blue-rumped, Bar-bellied & Blue Pittas, Great Iora, Swinhoe's Minivet, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Dalat & Clicking Shrike-Babblers, Slender-billed Oriole, White-winged Magpie, Indochinese Green Magpie, Ratchet-tailed & Racket-tailed Treepies, Sultan Tit, Pygmy Cupwing, Rufous-faced Warbler, Grey-bellied Tesia, Grey-crowned Bushtit, White-spectacled & Pale-legged Leaf Warblers, Dalat Bush Warbler, Red-billed, Coral-billed, Red-billed & Short-tailed Scimitar Babblers, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Black-crowned, Indochinese, Golden-breaste, Rusty-capped & Black-browed Fulvettas, Collared, Sooty & Spot-throated Babblers, Vietnamese Cutia, Grey-crowned Crocias, Collared, Orange-breasted, Black-throated, White-cheeked, Chestnut-eared, Golden-winged, Red-tailed, Rufous-cheeked, Masked & Black-hooded Laughingthrushes, Black-crowned Barwing, Rufous-backed & Black-headed Sibias, Black-headed, Black-throated & Grey-headed Parrotbills, Yellow-billed & Burmese Nuthatches, Hume's Treecreeper, Golden-crested Myna, Orange-headed Thrush, Green Cochoa, Indochinese & Hainan Blue Flycatchers, Spotted Forktail, Lesser Shortwing, White-throated Rock Thrush, Mrs. Gould's (Annam), Black-throated (Lang Biang) & Fork-tailed Sunbirds, Indochinese Yuhina, Vietnamese Greenfinch & Red (Vietnamese) Crossbill. Top Mammals
Gaur, Black-shanked & Red-shanked Doucs, Hatinh Langur, Indochinese Lutung, Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested & Red-cheeked Gibbons, Pygmy Slow Loris, Wild Boar, Northern Red Muntjac, Sambar, Long-tailed (Crab-eating) & Northern Pig-tailed Macaques, Crab-eating Mongoose, Common Palm Civet, Northern Smooth-tailed Treeshrew & Malayan Porcupine. Habitats Covered
lowland & montane evergreen & deciduous forests, evergreen coniferous forests, grasslands, scrub & thickets, secondary forest, small freshwater wetlands & rivers Expected Climate
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 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. Accommodation
mostly comfortable hotels but a few basic establishments, however even these have the "creature comforts" like air-conditioning & hot water showers Ease of Birding
varies from slow, tough and challenging to easy & rewarding. Mostly moderate with some slower areas & tougher species Number of Species Expected
+- 300 Other Attractions
delicious cuisine, scenic drives, an interesting history, some beautiful, intact forest still remaining in many areas Photographic Opportunities
varies from excellent to challenging. Generally worthwhile
Overall a very good tour. Excellent group and of course, Glen Valentine was brillant and our in country local guide was both a valuable addition and an entertaining and delightful companion.