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!
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.
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
White-handed Gibbon, Mouse Deer, Long-tailed Macaques, Flying Fox
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
generally hot and humid
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails
Pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, Similan islands and coral reef snorkelling, friendly people
What our clients say about tours to Thailand
- GS, Thailand 2017
Markus is brilliant, very friendly and outgoing, and hugely determined to get you to see all the birds … He is truly genuine, a remarkable young man.FM, Thailand
Thailand was truly a wonderful trip! Markus is unbelievable in getting everyone on the bird! His recognizing and scoping of the birds is superb. Beyond this he is [also] a very kind man with a great personality who keeps things on an even keel, making sure there is lots of laughter. Because of this the group “gelled” very quickly . I plan to do more Rockjumper tours because of the information and encouragement he gave me and I hope he is the leader of at least some of the tours.PSR, Thailand
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.PN & PN, Thailand