Tour Duration: 15 - 30 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching National Parks
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2900 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3500 US Dollar (USD)
for Endemic Bird Species Tour In Vietnam
Group size: 6 – 8 persons
Day 1: Travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
A warm welcome at Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat Airport) and
transfer to hotel (Sofitel Plaza Saigon) by our friendly leaders.
If arriving early in the morning, we offer an optional guided
Cu Chi Tunnel tour. Cu Chi Tunnel is a renowned historical site,
located 50km from Ho Chi Minh City center, where the guerrillas
hid from underground and fought the Americans in the Vietnam War.
If arriving late in the afternoon or evening, the rest of the
day is at leisure, we will have a welcome dinner with briefing.
Night: LeDuy Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Cat Tien National Park, stop
en rout for Orange – necked Partridge
This morning we will drive northwards from Saigon to Cat Tien
National Park, stopping en route for anything of interest. We
should stop at Tan Phu Forest Enterprise Special Use where we
can fond an endemic of Orange – necked Partridge. Lunch at a restaurant
nearby there, and will continue to drive to Cat Tien. Commence
exploration of this fabulous reserve during the afternoon.
Days 3-5: Cat Tien National Park
Arguably the top birding site in Vietnam, Cat Tien National Park
is located in Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc provinces, in
the lowlands of southern Vietnam. The topography of the site is
characterised by a flat plain in the west, and low, gentle hills
in the east. The major vegetation types at the park are lowland
semi-evergreen forest and lowland evergreen forest, although the
park also supports extensive swamps and other wetlands.
Cat Tien supports one of the most intact lowland forest avifaunas
in Vietnam. Most notably, there are confirmed records of 16 globally
threatened and near-threatened bird species from the national
park, the highest total for any protected area in Vietnam. Cat
Tien supports all three restricted-range species that define the
South Vietnamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area: Orange-necked Partridge,
Germain's Peacock Pheasant and Grey-faced Tit Babbler. Cat Tien
is also one of the best sites in Vietnam to see Green Peafowl.
Highlights: Orange-necked Partridge, Germain's Peacock Pheasant,
Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl, Wreathed and Greater Hornbill,
Lesser Adjutant, Woolly-necked Stork and Bar-bellied Pitta.
Night: (A/C rooms) at Cat Tien Natinonal Park Guest house
Day 6: Drive to Da Lat
After early morning birding, we will drive northwards through
the cultivated lowlands before climbing up onto the Lang Bian
Plateau and the charming town of Da Lat. We will make several
stops along the way at any patch of interesting-looking habitat,
including some very attractive waterfalls. The hill resort of
Da Lat, perhaps the most attractive large town in Vietnam, is
located at 4,900 feet (ca. 1,475 meters) in a temperate region
dotted with lakes and waterfalls and surrounded by evergreen forests,
including various native pine woodlands. Night at Empress hotel
Days 7-9: Da Lat Plateau Endemic Bird Area.
The cool climate, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls make Dalat
a popular destination for Vietnamese tourists. The Dalat area
is also known throughout Vietnam for its market gardens and nurseries
growing vegetables and flowers.
The Dalat Plateau is one of the five endemic bird areas (EBAs)
in Vietnam identified by BirdLife International. The vegetation
is a mixture of coniferous (dominated by Pinus kesiya), montane
evergreen and secondary forest. Three bird species, Collared Laughingthrush,
Grey-crowned Crocias and Vietnamese Greenfinch, are only to be
found within this EBA. The Dalat Plateau also has distinct subspecies
of Spot-breasted Laughingthrush (considered by some authorities
as a separate species: Orange-breasted Laughingthrush), Cutia
of the Vietnamese subspecies, Rufous-backed and Black-headed Sibias,
Blue-winged Minla, Grey-headed Parrotbill and Black-throated Sunbird.
Highlights: Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Grey-crowned Crocias, Indochinese
Fulvetta, Collared Laughingthrush, White-cheeked Laughingthrush,
Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Orange-breasted (Spot-breasted) Laughingthrush,
Red Crossbill and Vietnam Greenfinch. Night at Empress hotel
Day 10: Drive backward Sai Gon, stop at Bao Loc
After morning birding in Da Lat, we will descend the southern
slope of the Lang Bian plateau to Bao Loc town, one of the strong
coffee area, stay at Bao Loc hotel for a night.
Day 11: Deo Nui San
This morning, we will spend time for searching Orange-breasted
Laughingthrush if we miss at Da Lat plateau. Other way, we hoping
to see Blue Pitta, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Asian Emeral Cuckoo.
Afternoon, drive to Sai Gon and breacking.
Day 12: Morning Fly to Hue, drive to Bach Ma
Day 12-16: Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park is located in Thua Thien Hue province in
central Vietnam. The national park is characterised by mountainous
topography and supports a range of habitat types, including lowland
and lower montane evergreen forest. At lower elevations, the natural
forest has been extensively cleared and replaced by scrub and
grassland. Be warned: Bach Ma is one of the rainiest places in
Around 250 bird species have been recorded at Bach Ma National
Park. Most notable is a recent record of the globally endangered
Edwards's Pheasant close to the park. However, extensive loss
of forest at low elevations means that it is unlikely that the
park itself supports a significant population of this species,
and the chances of seeing this bird at there are virtually nil.
There are, however, plenty of other galliforms to attract birders,
including Annam Partridge, Rufous-throated Partridge and the beli
subspecies of Silver Pheasant. Bach Ma is most famous for its
population of Crested Argus, although this species is more often
heard than seen. In addition, the abundant and diverse forest
avifauna of Bach Ma provides visiting birders opportunities to
observe many other birds, such as Mountain Fulvetta and several
species of barbet.
Highlights: Annam Partridge, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback,
Crested Argus, Green-eared Barbet, Red-vented Barbet and Mountain
Nights: Guest house at Bach Ma
Day 16 - 19 : Hue - Hanoi ( flight ) Cuc
Phuong National Park
Drive back to Hue city and fly to
Ha Noi; Drive to Cuc Phuong National Park
The first protected area in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,
Cuc Phuong National Park comprises 22,000 ha of limestone forest
on the borders of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces.
Cuc Phuong attracts large numbers of domestic tourists, so avoid
weekends and public holidays.
To date, over 300 species of bird have been recorded at Cuc Phuong
National Park. Cuc Phuong supports an abundant forest bird community
including a good selection of woodpeckers, mynas, starlings, corvids
and flycatchers. The site supports a number of South-East Asian
endemics, including Red-vented Barbet, Bar-bellied Pitta and Limestone
Nights: Accommodation at Cuc Phuong N.P.
Highlights: Silver Pheasant, Red-vented Barbet, Green-eared Barbet,
Bar-bellied Pitta, Ratchet-tailed Treepie and Limestone Wren Babbler.
Day 19: Drive to Xuan Thuy
Day 20-21: Xuan Thuy Ramsar area
The first Ramsar Site in Vietnam, Xuan Thuy is situated in Nam
Dinh province and covers an area of 7,100 ha. The major habitats
are estuaries, mangroves, sedges, mudflats, sandy flats and shrimp
To date, more than 200 bird species have been recorded at Xuan
Thuy. The site is the most important staging and wintering area
for migratory waterbirds in the coastal zone of the Red River
Delta. It regularly supports large numbers of commoner migratory
waterbird species, including Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank
and Eurasian Curlew. Many rare species can also be found at Xuan
Thuy, including the largest wintering population of Black-faced
Spoonbill in Vietnam, with around 60 birds each winter in recent
years. Other rare species that regularly occur at the site include
Saunders's Gull, Spotted Greenshank, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and
Asian Dowitcher. In addition to its importance for waterbirds,
Xuan Thuy is also an important migratory stop-over for non-waterbirds,
with large numbers of passerines and cuckoos passing through the
site during the spring and autumn migrations.
Nights: Accommodation at Xuan Thuy
Highlights: Black-faced Spoonbill, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Spotted
(Nordmann's) Greenshank, Saunders's Gull and Asian Dowitcher.
Day 21: Drive to Tam Dao
After early morning birding at Xuan Thuy, we drive toward Ha Noi
direction to go to Tam Dao.
Night: Green World hotel
Day 22-23: Tam Dao National Park
Two morning birding at Tam Dao where our target are Green Cochoa,
Black-chinned Yuhina and Grey Laghingthrush could be found.
Day 23: Drive to Noi Bai airport (Ha Noi) – Tour
After morning birding at Tam Dao, we drive to Noi Bai airport.
Our tour concludes with our international flight from Hanoi towards
home. Some people may wish to stay an extra night in Hanoi in
order to enjoy what is arguably the most beautiful city in Asia.
The fee for whole the trip is $2.900 per person in double occupancy
from Ho Chi Minh City. This includes all meals from breakfast
on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 23, accommodations as stated in the
itinerary, the internal flights from Sai Gon to Hue and Hue to
Hanoi, ground transportation during the tour, gratuities, and
guide services provided by the tour leaders. It does not include
airfare from your home to Ho Chi Minh City and return from Hanoi,
airport departure taxes, visas, alcoholic beverages, special gratuities,
telephone calls, laundry, or items of a personal nature. Rates
are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient
registration, a small-party supplement may have to be charged.
The single supplement for this tour is $459. You will be charged
a single supplement if you desire single accommodation, or if
you prefer to share but have no roommate and we cannot provide
one for you. Please note that singles may not be available at
all locations. This has been taken into consideration in our costing
Airfare is included in the tour price.
he fee for whole the trip is $2.900 per person
in double occupancy from Ho Chi Minh City. This includes all meals
from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 23, accommodations
as stated in the itinerary, the internal flights from Sai Gon
to Hue and Hue to Hanoi, ground transportation during the tour,
gratuities, and guide services provided by the tour leaders. It
does not include airfare from your home to Ho Chi Minh City and
return from Hanoi, airport departure taxes, visas, alcoholic beverages,
special gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, or items of a personal
nature. Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not
have sufficient registration, a small-party supplement may have
to be charged.