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This Birding Tour in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is designed for you to easily have short birding tours during your time in HCMC, the tour starts early morning and then back to HCMC in the afternoon, just a day tour but you will be surprised at how the diversity of bird in Vietnam.
Located near Ho Chi Minh City, Can Gio Mangrove forest is one of several good sites for a single day of birding. The mangroves attract several passerine species such as Yellow-vented Bulbul, Pied Fantail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, and Golden-bellied Gerygone. Kingfishers, Herons, and Cormorants are also common here.
In winter (December-April), many wader species come to stay in the area, greatly increasing its species abundance. Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been seen here few times, and other species highlights are White-faced Plover, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Red Knot, Red-necked Stint, and Broad-billed Sandpiper, all of which are found here easily.
Depending upon on season and tide height, we will plan our birding time accordingly. Anyway, you will be picked up in Ho Chi Minh in the early morning and then drive about 2.5 hours through the Binh Khanh ferry. When we get there, we will spend a full day birding, sometimes we change the order of the muddy-shore birding, and birding in the salt pans and in the mangrove forests.
Lunch will be provided at a restaurant nearby before our afternoon birding.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Bird highlights: White-faced Plover, Painted Stork, Nordmann’s Greenshank, and many other waders in winter, and Asian Dowitcher, Asian Golden Weaver.
Number of species expect to be seen: 40-50 species
Recently Bird-list in Can Gio Mangrove Forest HERE (Ebird.org list)
Bird fauna - Birding While dominant habitat type at Can Gio, plantation mangrove, is of relatively low importance for key bird species, the intertidal mudflats and sandbanks at the site are important habitats for migratory waterbirds. Several rare waterbird species have been recorded at the site, including Spotted Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Spot-billed Pelican and Painted Stork. In addition, the globally endangered Black-faced Spoonbill has been recorded at the site, although it is not believed to regularly occur in significant numbers. Mammals There are 14 species of mammals recorded in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve with 2 species of otters that are typical of the area, Eurasian Otter and Asian Small-clawed Otter with the world's largest bat Greater Asiatic Yellow Bat, precious Sunda Pangolin species the rarest in Vietnam, and the intelligent aquatic mammal of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin Herp There are now 14 species of amphibians and 35 reptiles with outstanding species such as Saltwater Crocodile, Olive Ridley Sea turtle, Green Sea Turtle, White-lipped Pit Viper, Spine-bellied Sea Snake, King Cobra, Indian Cobra, Banded Krait, Indian Python, Red-tailed Pipe Snake, Common Water Monitor, Common Butterfly Lizard, etc. Most highlights Painted Stork, Nordmann's Greenshank and Asian Dowitcher, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and a lot of shorebirds Transportation The site is two hours from Ho Chi Minh City by car Accommodations Guesthouses and restaurants are available at Can Gio Beach Resort.
5:30 We'll pick up you at early morning then take about 2 hour-drive for birding. Please request your hotel to prepare your take away breakfast if you are not friendly with Vietnam Street Food (Banh My), if you don't mind, let's try it on the way. After across Sai Gon River, We'll spend almost our time for searching many habitat as possible to have high chance for birds and other thing.
The best time for birding in Can Gio Mangrove Forest is during the winter months (December to April) when many migratory wader species visit the area, significantly increasing species diversity. However, this tour is available year-round, with varying bird species depending on the season.
We'll pick you up in Ho Chi Minh City early in the morning, and from there, we'll drive approximately 2.5 hours through the Binh Khanh ferry to reach Can Gio Mangrove Forest. The tour includes transportation, so you don't need to worry about getting there.
Yes, we provide lunch at a nearby restaurant as part of the tour. It's an opportunity to take a break and enjoy a meal before continuing with the afternoon birding activities. Please inform us of any dietary preferences or restrictions when booking.