Our tour through this exotic, vibrant and beautiful country with its diverse ethnic groups, age-old monarchy and rich cultural heritage has great appeal and will no doubt delight and surprise you.
Day 14: Our final morning started in a hide in Kaeng Krachan National Park prior to our departure back to Bangkok. As a highlight we witnessed great closeup views of Lesser Mouse-deer, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Siberian Blue Robin, Puff-throated Babbler, with Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush. We finished off the tour with a Eurasian Hoopoe on the breakfast lawns.
Day 13: We spent the entire day at the superb Kaeng Krachan National Park. Here we saw birds across all families from Kalij Phesant to Rufous-bellied Eagle, Violet Cuckoo, Asian-barred Owlet, Greater Yellownape, Sultan Tit, Golden-crested Myna and the exceptional Greater Flameback.
Day 12: Today we visited the famous Pak Thale salt fields to the south-west of Bangkok. Here we gained excellent but brief views of our main target Spoon-billed Sandpipier. We also picked up Red-necked Phalarope, Indian and Little Cormorant, and a host of shorebirds. In the neighbouring paddies we also had Freckle-breasted Woodpecker and Yellow-breasted Bunting.
Day 11: Another full day in the Khao Kai NP. Over 60 birds with great views of Siberian Blue Robin, Brown Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Indian Roller, Blue-eared Barbet, Black and Buff Woodpecker, and more Orange-breasted Trogon.
Day 10: A full day at Khao Yai NP North East of Bangkok. An early start had us onto our first target Corel-billed Ground-Cuckoo. Others included Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Silver Pheasant and a pair of Banded Kingfisher.
Day 9: The morning was spent exploring the lower section of the Mae Wong National Park, we then headed towards the Khao Yai NP stopping at various locations along the way. Birds included: Red-billed Blue Magpie, Indochinese Bushlark, Hoopoe, Oriental Pratincole, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Rain Quail, Rufescent Prinia, White-shouldered Starling, the endemic Limestone Wren-Babbler and a very curious Collared Owlet.
Day 8: Today we spent the entire day on the upper section of Mae Wong National Park. Here we encountered many new highland species including: Kalij Phesent, Collared Babbler, Claudia’s Leaf Warbler, Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher, Bay Woodpecker, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Red-headed Trogon and the gorgeous White-browed Piculet.
Day 7: It was time to start heading south and we set off early for the famed Mae Wong National Park. On the way we stopped at various locations picking up: Crested Treeswift, Grey-headed and Red-wattled Lapwing, White-rumped Shama, Hainan Blue Flycatcher and Green-eared Barbet.
Day 6: A change of pace today as we headed for the lowland paddy fields and river of ThaTon north of Chiang Mai. Here we saw many species absent from our current list including: Asian Openbill, Temminck’s Stint, Eurasian Wryneck, BLUETHROAT!!, and Red-throated Pipit.
Day 5: Another full day spent on Doi Lang. This time with a very early start to pick up Mrs Humes Pheasant. While waiting we scored Giant Nuthatch, and a few others. Later we picked up 4 Shrikes, Eurasian Jay, Black-throated Bushtit, Ultramarine Flycatcher and the brilliant Spot-breasted Parrotbill.
Day 4: Today we spent a full day on the famed Doi Lang in the north-east of Thailand. Mainly birding in forest at 1500m we had an outstanding array of species including: Siberian Ruby-throat, Silver-eared and White-browed Laughingthrush, a dualing Stripe-breasted Woodpecker with a rare Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Niltavias, Warblers and Flycatchers galore and my personal favourite the Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler.
Day 3: We spent the morning at Doi Inthanon picking up some of the smaller skulkers and some others of interest. Also had great views of Golden-throated Barbet hollowing out a tree. We drove north to the Fang district stopping at the Cho Lae Paddie Fields. Highlights again were Asian Emerald Cuckoo, White-bellied Erpornis, Pygmy Cupwing, Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler, and the lovely Citrine Wagtail.
Day 2: Another full day spent at Doi Inthanon. Outstanding weather and awesome birds including: Collared Falconet, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Long-tailed Broadbill, Plumbeous Redstart, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Striated Bulbul, Short-billed Minivet and the much sought after Grey-headed Parrotbill.
Day 1: Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai. Spent the day birding the more known tracks including the summit. Great start with White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Hume’s Treecreeper, Grey-sided Thrush, White-capped Redstart, Black-throated Sunbird, Mrs Goulds Sunbird and the awesome Green-tailed Sunbird.