Introduction Birding Thailand always conjures up thoughts of exotic birds, warm weather and scrumptious food. This tour was no exception. We started on the beautiful coast of Phuket, spending 6 days in the southern parts of the country before flying to Bangkok. From here we explored a variety of locations, from mountain tops to lowland […]


This was a ten day birding trip to Central Thailand by Bruce Wedderburn and Peter Waanders. The trip followed a standard itinerary from Bangkok to Pak Thale for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, followed by visits to the national parks of Kaeng Krachan, Mae Wong and Khao Yai. We also birded at Petchaburi Paddyfields, Bueng Boraphet Wetlands and Wat Phra Phutthabat Noi Temple along the way. The ten days birding in Thailand was successful with 302 birds seen and another 7 birds heard only.


This report covers a week’s birding trip to north-western Thailand undertaken by Peter Waanders, Bruce Wedderburn and Stijn de Win. The trip, during early March 2008, was timed to maximize the species list, by capturing both the migratory season and the start of the breeding season for resident species. The weather during the trip was dry and warm (with one early morning shower) – although higher up in the mountains it was of course cooler, with the summit of Doi Inthanon being remarkably cold. We had hired a Toyota Hilux 4WD and Stijn de Win, who had done a lot of birding in Thailand in recent years, had organised the itinerary and was to be our guide. Species names in this report follow Clements but in some cases I have given alternative names in brackets. I recorded a total of 256 species, a whopping 136 of which were lifers for me. An additional 25 species were heard only, of which 9 would have been lifers for me.