Vietnam is a country known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, but it is also a haven for birdwatchers and bird photographers. With a diverse range of ecosystems, including coastal wetlands, montane forests, and river deltas, Vietnam is home to over 900 species of birds, making it a prime destination for birding enthusiasts.

For those who are short on time but still want to experience the thrill of birding in Vietnam, a short tour is a perfect option. These tours typically last between three to five days, and they take you to some of the country’s most incredible birding hotspots.

One of the best things about short birding tours is that they allow you to focus your time and energy on a specific region, allowing you to maximize your chances of seeing as many bird species as possible. You can explore the remote forests of the Central Highlands, venture into the Red River Delta, or head to the Mekong Delta in search of some of Vietnam’s rarest bird species.

A typical short birding tour will include guided birding walks, early morning birding sessions, and boat trips to wetland areas where you can see migratory birds. In addition to birding, these tours also offer opportunities to experience local culture and cuisine, as well as some of Vietnam’s most stunning natural scenery

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Birdwatching Adventure: Join Our 6 Short Birding Tours Expeditions Across Vietnam’s Avian Wonders.

[1 Day] Birding in Can Gio Mangrove

Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve is an excellent destination for birdwatching enthusiasts? Located just a short drive from Ho Chi Minh City, this unique mangrove forest is home to a variety of bird species, including the elusive Black-faced Spoonbill, Pacific reef egret, and the critically endangered white-shouldered ibis. Visitors can explore the reserve on foot, by boat, or by kayak to spot these beautiful birds and immerse themselves in the peaceful natural surroundings. Can Gio Mangrove be an essential stop for any birding tour in southern Vietnam?

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Several bird highlights in Can Gio Mangrove

BirdLevel
Black-faced SpoonbillHard
Painted StorkHard
Spoon-billed SanpiperHard
Nordmann’s GreenshankHard
Bar-tailed GodwitMedium
Black-tailed GodwitMedium
Far Eastern CurlewMedium
Eurasian CurlewMedium
Red-necked PhalaropeMedium
Ruddy TurnstoneMedium
Black-browed Reed WarblerMedium
Baya WeaverEasy
Asian Golden WeaverEasy
Ashy TailorbirdEasy
Great TitEasy
Ruby-throated SunbirdEasy
Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterHard
Collared Scop OwlEasy
Barn OwlEasy
Laced WoodpeckerEasy
Red-breasted ParakeetEasy

[1 Day] Tan Thanh – Go Cong Mudflat

Tan Thanh – Go Cong mudflat is a fantastic birding location in Vietnam that attracts a diverse range of shorebirds and waterbirds. This mudflat is located at the mouth of the Mekong River, and it is home to several species of waders, gulls, and terns. Some of the bird species that can be spotted here include the Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Stint, Asian Dowitcher, and many more. This is an ideal location for birding enthusiasts who are interested in capturing stunning photographs of birds in their natural habitat.

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Several bird highlights in Tan Thanh – Go Cong Mudflat

BirdLevel
Spoon-billed SandpiperHard
Nordmann’s GreenshankHard
Bar-tailed GodwitMedium
Black-tailed GodwitMedium
Far Eastern CurlewMedium
Eurasian CurlewMedium
Red-necked PhalaropeMedium
Ruddy TurnstoneMedium
Black-browed Reed WarblerMedium
Baya WeaverEasy
Ashy TailorbirdEasy
Pied BushchatHard
Ruby-throated SunbirdEasy
Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterHard
Collared Scop OwlEasy
Barn OwlEasy
Laced WoodpeckerEasy
Red-breasted ParakeetEasy

[1 Day] Ma Da National Reserve

Ma Da National Reserve is an ideal destination for bird enthusiasts who want to explore the natural beauty of Vietnam. Located in Dong Nai province, this protected area is home to over 300 species of birds, including some rare and endemic species such as Germain’s peacock pheasant, blue-rumped pitta, and orange-necked partridge.

The reserve offers a diverse range of habitats, including evergreen and deciduous forests, bamboo groves, and grasslands, making it a haven for birdlife. Visitors can explore the reserve on foot or by boat to spot a variety of birds in their natural habitat. With its stunning scenery and rich birdlife, Ma Da National Reserve is a must-visit destination for any birdwatcher visiting Vietnam.

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Several bird highlights in Ma Da National Reserve

BirdLevel
Germain’s Peacock PheasantHard
Orange-necked PartrigdeHard
Siamese FirebackMedium
Bar-bellied PittaMedium
Blue-rumped PittaMedium
Yellow-breasted MagpieMedium
Great Slaty WoodpeckerMedium
Black-and-buff WoodpeckerMedium
Heart-spotted WoodpeckerMedium
Dusky BroadbillEasy
Banded BroadbillEasy
White-crested LaughingthrushHard
Ruby-throated SunbirdEasy
Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterHard
Collared Scop OwlEasy
Barn OwlEasy
Laced WoodpeckerEasy
Red-breasted ParakeetEasy

[2 Days 1 Night] Dinh Mt. & Takou National Reserve

Dinh Mountain and Takou Mountain, located in the South-East of Vietnam, are known for their rich biodiversity and unique bird species. Birdwatchers can spot a wide variety of birds in these areas, including the stunning Crested Treeswift, White-breasted Waterhen, Blue-throated Bee-eater, and Silver-backed Needletail. The forests and grasslands surrounding these mountains provide excellent habitats for many bird species, making it a popular birdwatching destination in Vietnam. With the help of experienced guides, bird enthusiasts can explore the trails and capture amazing photos of these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.

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Several bird highlights in Dinh Mt. & Takou National Reserve

BirdLevel
White-breasted WaterhenHard
Crested TreeswiftHard
Silver-backed NeedletailMedium
Black-winged StiltEasy
Barred ButtonquailMedium
Small PratincoleHard
Barn OwlMedium
Black-headed WoodpeckerMedium
White-bellied WoodpeckerMedium
Collared FalconetHard
Blossom-headed ParakeetHard
Red-breasted ParakeetMedium
Vernal Hanging-ParrotMedium
Rufous TreepieHard
Oriental SkylarkEasy
Annam PriniaHard
Oriental GreenfinchMedium
Scarlet-backed FlowerpeckerEasy

[3 Days 2 Nights] Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park is a renowned birding destination in Vietnam, offering a diverse range of bird species to spot and photograph. During a 3-day 2-night tour, visitors can explore the park’s various habitats, including evergreen and deciduous forests, grasslands, and wetlands, which are home to a wide range of birdlife. Some of the bird species to look out for include Germain’s Peacock Pheasant, Orange-necked Partridge, Blue-rumped Pitta, and Black-and-red Broadbill. In addition to birding, visitors can also participate in other activities such as wildlife spotting, hiking, and night safaris. Cat Tien National Park is an ideal destination for birding enthusiasts looking for an immersive experience in the wild.

Birds of Cat Tien National park - Germain's Peacock Pheasant
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Several bird highlights in Cat Tien National Park

BirdLevel
Germain’s Peacock PheasantEasy
Orange-necked PartridgeHard
Blue-rumped PittaMedium
Bar-bellied PittaEasy
Green PeafowlEasy
Chinese FrancolinHard
Siamese FirebackMedium
Lesser Adjutant StorkHard
Wolly-necked StorkHard
Asian Openbill StorkHard
Painted StorkHard
Banded KingfisherHard
Ashy-headed Green PigeonMedium
Oriental Bay OwlMedium
Collared Scop OwlMedium
Barn OwlMedium
Javan FrogmouthHard
Great-eared NightjarMedium
Orange-breasted TrogonHard
Great HornbillHard
Oriental Pied HornbillMedium
Blue-eared KingfisherMedium
Black-backed KingfisherMedium
Banded KingfisherMedium
Stork-billed KingfisherHard
Pied KingfisherHard
White-bellied WoodpeckerMedium
Laced WoodpeckerMedium
Pale-headed WoodpeckerHard
Black-headed WoodpeckerHard
Black-and-buff WoodpeckerMedium
Heart-spotted WoodpeckerHard
Great Slaty WoodpeckerHard
Collared FalconetMedium
Red-breasted ParakeetMedium
Black-and-red BroadbillEasy
Banded BroadbillMedium
Dusky BroadbillHard
Asian Paradise FlycatcherHard
Purple-naped SunbirdMedium

[4 Days 3 Nights] Dalat Plateau

Dalat Plateau is a great destination for birding enthusiasts looking to explore Vietnam’s avian treasures. Located in the Central Highlands, the area is home to over 300 species of birds, including the Vietnamese Greenfinch, Bar-backed Parttrigde, and the Long-tailed Broadbill. During a 4-day 3-night birding tour, visitors can explore the natural beauty of the region, including the scenic landscapes of the Pongour Waterfall and the Lang Bian Mountain. With the help of experienced guides, birders can spot a variety of bird species while enjoying the fresh mountain air and beautiful surroundings.

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Several bird highlights in Dalat Plateau

BirdLevel
Germain’s Peacock PheasantHard
Bar-backed PartridgeHard
Mountain Imperial PigeonHard
Asian Barred OwletMedium
Mountain Scops OwlMedium
Collared Scops OwlMedium
Oriental Scops OwlMedium
Collared OwletMedium
Brown Hawk Owl (Brown Boobook)Hard
Hodgson’s FrogmouthHard
Great-eared NightjarMedium
Red-headed TrogonHard
Orange-breasted TrogonMedium
Blyth’s KingfisherHard
Banded KingfisherMedium
Golden-throated BarbetMedium
Indochinese BarbetMedium
Blue-eared BarbetMedium
Great Slaty WoodpeckerHard
White-bellied WoodpeckerHard
Long-tailed BroadbillMedium
Silver-breasted BroadbillMedium
Rusty-naped PittaHard
Blue-rumped PittaHard
Blue PittaHard
White-browed Shrike BabblerHard
Chestnut-fronted Shrike BabblerHard
Maroon OrioleMedium
Asian Paradise FlycatcherHard
Common Green MagpieHard
Yellow-breasted MagpieHard
Sultan TitMedium
Green-backed TitMedium
Yellow-cheeked TitMedium
Black-throated TitEasy
Chestnut-vented NuthatchEasy
Yellow-bellied NuthatchEasy
Brown-throated TreecreeperHard
Pygmy CupwingHard
Grey-bellied TesiaMedium
Moutain TailorbirdMedium
Chestnut-crowed WarblerMedium
Dalat Bush WarblerMedium
Annam PriniaHard
Black-headed ParrotbillHard
Red-billed Scimitar BabblerHard
White-browed Scimitar BabblerHard
Collared BabblerHard
Black-crowned FulvettaEasy
Eye-browed Wren BabblerHard
Indochinese Wren BabblerHard
Streak Wren BabblerHard
Vietnamese CutiaHard
Black-hooded LaughingthrushMedium
Orange-breasted LaughingthrushHard
White-cheeked LaughingthrushEasy
Collared LaughingthrushEasy
Black-headed SibiaEasy
Silver-eared MesiaMedium
Grey-crowned CrociasHard
Blue-winged MinlaHard
Spotted ForktailHard
Grey BushchatEasy
Black-throated SunbirdEasy
Mrs Gould’s SunbirdEasy
Streak SpiderhunterEasy
Vietnamese GreenfinchEasy
Red CrossbillMedium

Conclusion

Vietnam is home to over 900 species of birds, making it a prime destination for birdwatchers and photographers. Short birding tours lasting 3-5 days are perfect for those short on time, allowing visitors to focus on a specific region and maximize their chances of seeing as many bird species as possible. Tours include guided birding walks, early morning birding sessions, and boat trips to wetland areas. Several birding destinations include Can Gio Mangrove, Tan Thanh – Go Cong Mudflat, Ma Da National Reserve, and Dinh Mt. & Takou National Reserve, each offering unique bird species and habitats to explore.

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