3 days 2 nights
We will begin our journey at Ho Chi Minh City; but only pause here briefly on our way to visit Cat Tien National Park in southern VietNam, which protects one of the largest remaining areas of lowland forest and wetlands in the country.
Tour birding at Cat Tien National Park. There are excellent trails starting right at the park headquarters and for areas further afield such as Crocodile Lake jeeps are used. The 5 km walk through semi-evergreen forest to Crocodile Lake can be good for the near-endemic Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant and Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pittas while the beautiful Siamese Fire-Back can often be seen on an early morning drive to the start of the Crocodile Lake trail. Among the many other avian treats to be found at Cat Tien are Scaly-breasted Partridge, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, White-bellied, Great Slaty, Pale-headed, Black-and-buff and Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, three species of Broadbill and the Indochinese-endemic Grey-faced Tit-Babbler.
Pick up in Saigon in the early morning, about 3.5 hours driving to Cat Tien National Park. In the afternoon we will have a short walk to the left of the park on the grassland for the near-endemic Orange-necked Partridge often seen in the Bamboo forest. And Green Peafowl and Bar-bellies, Blue-rumped Pittas could be found here.
This day, we use jeep to visit Crocodile lake, a long list of targets such as Germain's Peacock Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl, Wreathed Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant, Woolly-necked Stork, Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pittas and many other widespread species such as Doves, Bulbuls, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, Kingfishers, etc.
Later in the afternoon we birdied around HQ for Grey-faced Tit Babbler, Woodpeckers, Green Pigeons, and Nightjars.
The morning jeep to Heaven rapid to find Pale-headed and Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, Black-and-red, Banded, Dusky Broadbill. Check out the guest house then have lunch.
After lunch, transfer back to Saigon. End trip around 17h00 pm.