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Discover the Vietnam Bird Endemic Hotspot with birdwatching tour in Dalat, Southeast Asia’s premier birdwatching hotspot, nestled on the picturesque Dalat plateau (isolated from Himalaya Mt. and consider the same Peninsular Malaysian highlands).
Located 300 km from Ho Chi Minh City, this Central Highland gem boasts lush evergreen and coniferous forests, harboring a treasure trove of birdlife, including six endemic species: Collared Laughingthrush, Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Vietnamese Cutia, Grey-crowned Fulvetta, Black-crowned Fulvetta, and Vietnamese Greenfinch.
Dalat Plateau is also home to unique subspecies like Rufous-backed Sibia, Black-headed Sibia, Blue-winged Minla, Black-throated Sunbird, and Red Crossbill. This birding haven stands out as a terminus for Southeast Asian montane species and exhibits a fascinating “leapfrog pattern” of avian distribution.
Explore renowned birding spots such as Datala Waterfall, Ta Nung Valley, Giang Ly trail, Tia Stream, Cong Troi forest and Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, where endemics thrive.
Black-hooded, White-cheeked, Orange-breasted, and Collared Laughingthrush; Bar-backed Partridge; Silver Pheasant; Red-vented Barbet; Black-browed Barbet; Red-headed Trogon; Long-tailed Broadbill; Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon; Mountain Imperial Pigeon; Black Eagle; Rufous-bellied Eagle; Jerdon’s Baza; Rusty-naped and Blue Pitta; Burmese Shrike; Indochinese Green Magpie; Eurasian Jay; Slender-billed and Maroon Oriole; White-throated Rock Thrush; Green Cochoa; Rufous-browed, Blue-and-White, Mugimaki , Snowy-browed and Little Pied Flycatcher; Large Niltava; Lesser Shortwing; White-tailed Robin; Spotted Forktail; Yellow-billed Nuthatch; Yellow-cheeked and Grey-crowned Tit, Grey-bellied Tesia; White-spectacled, Chestnut-crowned Warbler; White-browed Scimitar Babbler; Streaked , Eye-browed, Pygmy Wren-Babbler; Rufous-capped Babbler; Vietnamese Cutia; Clicking shrike-babbler; Blue-winged Minla; Black-crowned, Indochinese Fulvetta; Grey-crowned Crocias; Rufous-backed, Black-headed Sibia, Black-headed Parrotbill; Gould’s Sunbird; Streaked Spiderhunter; Vietnamese Greenfinch; Red Crossbill.
Download potential bird list of Dalat Plateau –Updated 09/2023 Source: Ebird
Day 1 (L, D): Arrive in Dalat, pick up from your hotel or Lien Khuong Airport. Alternatively, we offer a pick-up service from Saigon with a 7-hour scenic drive to Dalat.
Day 2 (B, L, D): Immerse yourself in a full day of birdwatching in Dalat’s pristine landscapes.
Day 3 (B, L, D): Continue your avian adventure with another full day of birdwatching.
Day 4 (B, L): Conclude your tour with a morning or full day of birdwatching, tailored to your schedule.
Single supplement: $US 180
Included: Bird guide, travel by private car, lunch and entrance fees. Also provided: birding spotting scope
Please note: We can arrange transportation not only from Dalat but also from other cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phan Rang, or Phan Thiet, ensuring your journey to Dalat is seamless and convenient.
Pick up from the airport upon your arrival or your hotel in the early morning.
Spend the day immersed in birdwatching.
Overnight at Omirita Resort, a luxurious 3-star hotel, for the next 3 nights.
Enjoy two full days exploring the unique bird treasures of Dalat Plateau.
Start your adventure at Ta Nung, a small private evergreen forest, where you can spot the rare and endemic Grey-crowned Crocias and other notable birds such as Orange-breasted and Black-hooded Laughingthrushes, Vietnamese Cutia, and Vietnamese Greenfinch.
Next, venture to Langbian Mountain area. Here, you'll have the opportunity to encounter the beautiful and elusive Collared Laughingthrush, one of the most sought-after bird species. Keep an eye out for the Black-crowned Fulvetta (recently split from Rufous-winged Fulvetta) and other target birds, including Wintering Mugimaki Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Grey-crowned Tit (Black-throated Tit), and Vietnamese Cutia.
Embark on another full day of birdwatching in Dalat Plateau.
Explore the region's diverse habitats and be on the lookout for endemic and rare birds.
Delve deeper into the fascinating world of Vietnam highland endemic birds
Spend your morning birding to finalize your bird observations.
Depending on our targets and your preferences, we will be flexible in choosing the sites to visit.
Bid farewell to Dalat as we depart for Di Linh, concluding our memorable birdwatching adventure.
The best time for birdwatching in Dalat is during the dry season, which typically falls between November and April. During this period, migratory birds are active, and the weather is pleasant, making it ideal for birdwatching and outdoor activities.
Dalat is renowned for its highland avian endemism. It's home to several rare and endemic bird species found nowhere else in Vietnam. Birdwatchers can spot species like the Collared Laughingthrush, Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Vietnamese Cutia, and many more in their natural habitat.
Absolutely! While birdwatching is the primary focus of the tour, Dalat's stunning landscapes offer excellent opportunities for photography. You'll have the chance to capture the picturesque scenery, including lush forests, mountain vistas, and serene lakes.
We provide delicious Vietnamese cuisine during the tour, offering a taste of local flavors. You'll enjoy meals that cater to your preferences and dietary restrictions while experiencing the culinary delights of the region.
Yes, our birdwatching tour is designed to balance birding activities with relaxation. You'll have free time to unwind, explore the charming town of Dalat, or simply enjoy the tranquility of your accommodations. We aim to ensure a well-rounded and enjoyable experience for all participants.