The best birding tours in Central highland and South Vietnam

This is a special itinerary which the best design in search for Central highland and South Vietnam endemic bird species and this is also the most change to see one of little un-know endemic bird Golden-winged Laughingthrush. Described as new to science by Eames et al. (1999a).

This is not too long tours and the last place is in Da Nang city, one of the most famous destinations for relaxing time, so at the end of the tour, you could arrange your time there!

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).

Cat Tien national park is located in South Vietnam; it is one of the best birding sites with the most accessible site in South Annam for Orange-necked Partridge and lots of birder’s wanted birds.

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.

Dalat Plateau is located in the Central highland (C Annam), it is an EBA has the natural evergreen-forest and coniferous forest where is home for six endemic birds species and also supports several subspecies.

Most Wanted birds in Dalat:

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.

Yok Don National Park is located in Dak Lak province, Central Highland Vietnam. It is dominated by a mosaic of deciduous forest and semi-evergreen (mixed deciduous) forest (Dry open-forest).

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

Mang Canh forest and Ngoc Linh National Park are also located in Kom Tum Province, Central Highland Vietnam, it is one of recently recognized as an EBA (Endemic Birds Area) of the World. Kom Tum EBA perhaps the least known avifauna to both scientists and birders. As it is located in a “politically sensitive” area, most people who want to visit here have to obtain complicated permit to access the remote forests.

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.

Itinerary: 12 days birding tours in Central highland and South Vietnam

Day 1: (L D) Pick up from hotel or Airport at Ho Chi Minh City, 3.5 hour-drive to Cat Tien national park and after Lunch and rest, we start for Birding tours in Cat Tien.

Day 2: (B L D) Full day birding tours in Cat Tien National Park

Day 3: (B L D) Full day birding tours in Cat Tien National Park

Day 4: (B L D) Morning birding tours in Cat Tien National Park then leave Cat Tien for travel to Dalat for the later afternoon birding there.

Day 5: (B L D) Full day birding tours in Dalat

Day 6: (B L D) Full day birding tours in Dalat

Day 7: (B L D) Morning birding in Dalat and then drive to Buon Me Thuot city Daklak Province for night

Day 8: (B L D) Morning birding in Yok Don National park and then drive to Mang Den, Kom Tum Province for later birding tours

Day 9: (B L D) Full day birding tours in Mang Canh forest

Day 10: (B L D) Short morning birding in Mang Den and then drive to Tu-M-Rong

Day 11: (B L D) Full day birding tours in Ngoc Linh national park for in search Golden-winged Laughingthrush.

Day 12: (B L D) Morning birding tours in Ngoc Linh national park and then drive to Da Nang city for flight or hotel for you could be enjoining your relaxing time on the beach.

Including accommodation, bird guide, private car with driver, meals and entrance fee, jeeps. Providing birding spotting scope, bird book.

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Thang Nguyen
Vietnam Bird Guide
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
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