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Booking [12 Days] Birding Tour in Central Highland and South Vietnam is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the incredible and unique birds of Vietnam. With a fixed date in 2023 and limited to just six people, this tour offers an exclusive experience that is not to be missed. The tour covers all the endemic bird species of central and south Vietnam, led by an expert guide who is passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with others.
As the only tour of its kind open this year, it presents a rare chance to see some of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful bird species in their natural habitat. If you’re a bird enthusiast, or simply interested in discovering the natural wonders of Vietnam, booking this tour is an opportunity not to be missed.
In Central highland and South Vietnam tours you will be reached: Cat Tien National Park – Dalat Plateau – Yok Don National Park – Mang Canh forest and Ngoc Linh National Park (Kom Tum Province).
Explore the stunning beauty and unique avian life of Central Highland and South Vietnam on [12 Days] Birding Tour in Central Highland and South Vietnam. Our specially designed itinerary offers you the best chance to observe endemic species, including the elusive Golden-winged Laughingthrush, newly discovered in 1999 by Eames et al. This tour is not only compact but also ends in Da Nang City, allowing you to unwind and relax in one of the most sought-after destinations in Vietnam.
This tour takes you through some of the most outstanding birding sites in Vietnam. Cat Tien National Park is one such location, situated in South Vietnam, and boasts the most accessible site in South Annam for the Orange-necked Partridge, a bird that birders across the globe desire to see. The park also provides an opportunity to spot an array of species, including Green Peafowl, Great Slaty, Pale-headed, Black-and-buff, Heart-spotted, and White-bellied Woodpecker, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, and many more.
The Central highland (C Annam) houses the Dalat Plateau, which has a natural evergreen forest and coniferous forest, home to six endemic bird species and various subspecies. This area is also an EBAs, and birders can expect to see Bar-backed Partridge, Red-vented Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Burmese Shrike, and other notable species.
This birding tour also takes you to Yok Don National Park, located in Dak Lak Province, Central Highland Vietnam, and dominated by a mosaic of deciduous forest and semi-evergreen (mixed deciduous) forest. Here, you can witness the Mekong Wagtail, White-rumped Falcon, Collared Falconet, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Alexandrine, Grey-headed, and Blossom-headed Parrakeets, and other woodpeckers.
The last stop of our tour is in the recently recognized Endemic Birds Area (EBA) in the Vietnam, Mang Canh forest, and Ngoc Linh National Park. The area has the least-known avifauna to both scientists and birders, but you can observe several rare species such as Pale-capped Pigeon, Northern Brown Hornbill, Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, White-winged Magpie, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Indochinese Wren-babbler, Himalayan Cutia, and many more. Additionally, here is the best chance to spot the newly discovered Golden-winged Laughingthrush, along with Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush, and other elusive species.
[12 days] Birding tour is designed to offer birders a unique opportunity to explore the region’s avian diversity while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Central Highland and South Vietnam.
Most Wanted birds in Cat Tien
Orange-necked Partridge; Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant; Green Peafowl; Great Slaty, Pale-headed, Black-and-buff, Heart-spotted and White-bellied Woodpecker; Wreathed Hornbill; Great Hornbill; Orange-breasted Trogon; Blue-bearded Bee-eater; Stork-billed Kingfisher; Banded Kingfisher; Blyth’s Frogmouth; Great-eared Nightjar; Grey-headed Fish-eagle; Lesser Fish-eagle; Woolly-necked Stork; Lesser Adjutant; Blue-rumped, Bar-bellied and Blue-winged Pitta; Black-and-red, Dusky and Banded Broadbill; Golden-crested Myna; Grey-faced Tit-babbler.
Most Wanted birds in Yok Don National park:
Mekong Wagtail; White-rumped Falcon; Collared Falconet; Black-hooded Woodpecker and other woodpeckers; Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch; Alexandrine, Grey-headed, Blossom-headed Parrakeets; Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
Most Wanted birds in Mang Canh forest and Ngoc Linh National Park
Pale-capped Pigeon; Northern Brown Hornbill; Stripe-breasted Woodpecker; White-winged Magpie; Ratchet-tailed Treepie; Pale Blue Flycatcher; Grey-crowned Tit; Rufous-faced Warbler; Grey-headed Parrotbill; Indochinese Wren-babbler; Grey-faced Warbler; Himalayan Cutia; Green Shrike-Babbler; Black-crowned Barwing; Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush; Golden-winged Laughingthrush, Red-tailed Laughingthrush.
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Summary Itinerary: 12 days birding tour in Central highland and South Vietnam
Day 1: Your adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel or the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll be transferred to Cat Tien National Park, where your afternoon birding exploration commences.
Days 2-3: Spend two full days immersed in the diverse birdlife of Cat Tien National Park. Highlights include the Orange-necked Partridge, Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, and a myriad of woodpeckers, hornbills, and pittas.
Day 4: After a morning birding session in Cat Tien, journey to the enchanting town of Da Lat, nestled in the Lang Bian Plateau. Along the way, stop to admire picturesque waterfalls and the evergreen forests of the region.
Days 5-6: Explore the Dalat Plateau, known for its endemic bird species. Ta Nung and Langbian Mountain are your key destinations, offering sightings of Grey-crowned Crocias, Laughingthrushes, and more.
Day 7: Bird in the morning in Dalat before driving to Buon Me Thuot city for the night.
Day 8: Embark on a morning birding adventure in Yok Don National Park. Later, journey to Mang Den for further birding opportunities.
Day 9: A full day dedicated to birding in the Mang Canh forest, renowned for its unique avian species.
Day 10: Enjoy a short morning birding session in Mang Den before proceeding to Tu-M-Rong, your next birding haven.
Day 11: Delve into a full day of birding tours in Ngoc Linh National Park, where you’ll search for the elusive Golden-winged Laughingthrush and other rare species.
Day 12: Conclude your birding odyssey with a morning birding excursion in Ngoc Linh National Park. Later, you’ll be transferred to Da Nang City, where you can choose to depart via flight or extend your stay to explore this vibrant city further.
This 12-day tour offers birders the opportunity to explore a variety of habitats and bird species in Vietnam, including national parks and forests. The itinerary includes several full days of birding tours, as well as some shorter birding excursions and some time for rest and relaxation. The tour offers pick-up and drop-off services, all meals, and accommodations, making it convenient and easy for individual birders to book.
This tour involves moderate physical activity, including hiking and walking in various natural environments. Participants should be in good health and prepared for outdoor activities.
The optimal time for this tour is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. Bird activity tends to be higher, and the weather is more pleasant for outdoor exploration during this period.
The tour is limited to a small group of participants, typically no more than six people. This intimate setting allows for personalized attention from the expert birding guide. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, including beginners.
Yes, absolutely! If you wish to explore Da Nang City further, you have the option to extend your stay beyond the scheduled tour end date. Your tour organizers can assist with travel arrangements and recommendations for additional activities or we can help for that.