Our Thailand Highlights tour is designed around the very best birding sites in Northern and Central Thailand, offering a superb selection of spectacular and sought-after Southeast Asian specials, along with a huge array of migrants from the north, which spend the frigid winters in these warmer climates. Time will be spent exploring the wetlands near Bangkok where we stand excellent chances of finding the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank and Chinese Egret. Major reserves visited include Kaeng Krachan, Khao Yai and Doi Lang where targets include the stunning Green Peafowl, Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, gorgeous Silver-breasted Broadbill, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue Pitta, White-rumped Falcon, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Green Cochoa – and much more! In addition, culturally Thailand has few equals, and you will have opportunities to visit some of the many spectacular pagodas and shrines that adorn this friendly, varied and spectacular land.
This is a short yet comprehensive alternative to our longer Northern & Central: Asian Birding at its Best tour, and is suitable for both birders and non-birding spouses alike.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Green Peafowl, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Great & Tickell’s Brown Hornbills, Banded Kingfisher, Silver-breasted & Dusky Broadbills, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue & Eared Pittas, White-rumped Falcon, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Green Cochoa, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Chinese Egret, Malaysian Plover, Black-backed Forktail, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Asian Stubtail, Dark-sided Thrush
White-handed and Pileated Gibbons, Giant Squirrel, Asian Elephant
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
Cool but generally comfortable in the higher areas, warmer and more humid lower down. Rain and mist is possible
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails and along forest roads, mostly in national parks
pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, friendly people
What our clients say about tours to Thailand
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…
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…
Andre Bernon and Uthai formed a great team and complemented one another in finding all the birds and then getting everybody on to them.
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.
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…
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.
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.