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Tours of Thailand This Page
The North Doi Inthanon, Doi Suthep, Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Angkhang, Tatorn, Mae Ping, Mae Fang, Doi Pohompok, Doi Lang
Upper Central Thailand Mae Wong and Nam Nao, Beung Borapet
Bangkok area city parks, Bangpoo, Samut Sakorn
Khao Yai National park
Kaengkrachan (Central) located at the very upper part of Peninsula Thailand, 3 hours drive south-west of Bangkok
The South Hala-Bala, Krabi, Pangnga, KNC etc

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Tours of Thailand

Thailand 18th-31st Dec 2009

  • Although I was constantly reminded that "I had done quite a lot of birding this year"; the chance to see Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordman's Greenshank, White-faced Plover and Malaysian Plover was an opportunity that could not be missed...Mark Easterbrook reports.

Thailand, two centres - Koh Chang and Chiang Saen 28 December 2008 to 17 January 2009

  • This report covers a trip to Thailand from 28 December 2008 to 17 January 2009. The first week was spent on the holiday island of Koh Chang close to the Cambodian border. For the remaining two weeks we stayed close to Chiang Saen on the northern border with Laos...John & Jo Tallon report.

Thailand 24 February - 8 March 2008

  • We moved on towards Khao Yai on the fourth morning stopping briefly at some roadside pools where we had our only views of several species including Vinous-breasted Starling, Pied Kingfisher, White-browed Crake...Andy Howes reports.

Thailand and Cambodia February 17th- March 8th 2008

  • In the morning, we visited the small islets at the Mekong River. Mony arranged a boat for a few hours. From the riverbank, we observed already Mekong Wagtail and Small Pratincole. We also saw Irrawaddy Dolphins...Peter Collaerts reports.

Thailand 3th June-17th June 2007

  • Up at 3h30! for spotlighting along the track to the waterfall in the park.  Nothing happened for a while and it was not before we almost got back at our bungalows that a Javan Frogmouth was heard very close-by.  Seconds later we got incredible looks at this strange bird...Bob Allen reports

Thailand South to North 5th of August to 26th of August 2004

  • After an excellent trip last year, we decided to go to Thailand again. Yes, I know: middle of the rainy season. If I had been given a Dollar for every "no birds now, should have been here in March", I wouldn't have to work and could indeed visit in March. Anyway, we were extremely lucky with the weather....Hanno Stamm reports.

Southern and Central Thailand April 4-22, 2004

  • The most sought species, of course, was Gurney's Pitta (Critical).  Both male and female were well viewed by all participants.  The surprise bird of the trip was an Indian Skimmer, visiting fish ponds near Petchaburi about 90 km. south of Bangkok.  This was the fourth record for Thailand....Ken Cole reports.

Unexpected SE Asia: Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia April 9 - May 9, 2003

  • SE ASIA is always of great interest because of the diversity of species from it's proximity to the Equator and it's species movement from sources including India to the West, China to the North, Mekong Delta to the East and from Java and Sumatra to the South. The area is well studied from the time of Alfred Russell Wallace but new discoveries continue...Garry George reports.

Southern Thailand, Bangkok, Karon (Phuket), Phi Phi & Krabi 2–17 June 2002

  • Around Ratchaburi there are loads of narrow canals and from the longtail boat we took to the market we saw several Indian Rollers perched prominently next to the water.  Around the floating market we saw Collared Kingfisher, Olive-winged Bulbul, Olive-backed Sunbird and Oriental Magpie Robin...Gareth Watkins reports.

Thailand 2002: Kaeng Krachan and the north, with Krabi 29/1 to 27/2/02

  • A total of 360 species seen made for another enjoyable trip to Thailand. Highlights included Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Black-tailed Crake, Yellow-footed Pigeon, Pale-capped Pigeon, Ground-Cuckoo, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Red-faced Liocichla, 2 parrotbills, 5 'true' thrushes, many flycatchers including all seven 'blue' flycatchers, and Pin-tailed Parrotfinch. Quality waders included Grey-headed Lapwing, Malaysian Plover, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank....Nick Ransdale reports.

Thailand 2000/2001

  • This trip report covers two periods spent in Thailand during a year-long Asian birding trip which provided a chance to see some long sought after species. Thailand is an ideal hub if you are planning a long trip in Asia as air tickets are discounted as low as they can possibly go...Phil Benstead reports

Thailand April15th - May 1st 2001

  • Surely the “canary in the mine” of the loss of biodiversity in Thailand and all of SE Asia is the critically endangered Gurney’s Pitta (Pitta gurneyi), a Holy Grail of world birders on a mission to see the more spectacular species before they leave the planet. There are approximately 10 pair left in a rapidly shrinking lowland forest known for world efforts and failing conservation. There are no governments protecting this species at the moment only the considerable efforts of the Oriental Bird Club in the UK. This species drove our desire to return to Thailand....Garry George reports.

Khao Noi Chuchi , Krabi and Kaengkrachan 30/4-7/5/01

  • In the hide, Yotin asked us to be very still. Each minute seemed like an eternity as our anticipation grew. Yotin kept calling the bird by imitating a female's call. Then after 15 minutes, something moved and again a male Gurney's Pitta came in full sight and this was eternalized on Prof Ng's video camera and everyone else's memory banks. It was a special moment and even wet my eyes a bit, knowing how privileged I was to be able to see this unique bird in the wild....Peter Ericsson reports

Southern Thailand 4 - 15 March 2001

  • I spent a wet weekend in Krabi and concentrated on the mangrove and river mouth (fish traps area). The river was very good for Common , Brown winged and Black capped Kingfishers. The technique is to get the boatman to turn off the engine and then just drift on the tide. I was lucky to see a Mangrove Pitta fly across a side creek...Paul Bamford reports

Southern Thailand; Bankok, Khao Nor Chuchi, Krabi, Phang Nga 1-29/3/01.

  • My girlfriend and I travelled to Thailand for a month's birding and 'chilling out' - or so I was told! So as such, this was not a totally dedicated birding 'burn-out'. The main goals were Spoon-billed Sandpiper, which I knew to be still there to within a week or so, Gurney's Pitta, Nordmann's Greenshank, and possibly Masked Finfoot. We scored 3 out of 4...Nick Ransdale reports

Southern Thailand: 25 November - 12 December 2000

  • This was not a birding trip, my wife wanted a beach holiday with a difference, so the trip list is a little light. To be honest I was quite happy to go along with Lillian as I expected Thailand to be filled with new birds. This optimism was misplaced as southern Thailand is a very difficult place to bird.....but David Kelly still managed to see 132 species in his two week visit.

Thailand: 1992/1999

  • A compilation report based on three visits to Thailand by David Cooper in 1992 and 1999. Itineraries and detailed trip lists.

Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong 1995

  • In the south, at Krabi it is essential to go on a boat trip with the famous 'Mr Dai'. In a few hours we saw more birds with him than the rest of the holiday altogether. You can book from the quayside restaurant and he takes you into the Mangrove swamps and mud flats in a small boat. He can whistle up various species including the elusive Mangrove Pitta, Ruddy Kingfisher and Masked Finfoot...Tony Coatsworth reports


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Some Useful bird books for Thailand:
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The Birds of Thailand
Craig Robson: Buy from

  • At last, the quality of field guides for the Far East has caught up with those of Europe and America. Craig Robson's "Birds of Thailand" is a tour de force...950 mouth watering species all beautifully illustrated and expertly described, each with its own distribution map. The natural riches of Thailand make it an ever more popular birding destination and this indispensible guide will set the standard there for years to come.

A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Craig Robson: Buy from or

  • A new flexi-cover edition of this superb and influential book is now available (UK) making it far more useful in the field. The birds of South-East Asia details the identification, voice, breeding, status, habitat and distribution of the 1250 species and distinctive sub-species of the region covering Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, West Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The illustrations are excellent and Craig Robson's text reflects his position as one of the foremost ornithological authorities of S.E.Asia. Indispensable for anyone visiting the area.

Recommended travel books for Thailand:

Lonely Planet: Thailand
Joe Cummings, Steven Martin: Buy from or
  • Many backpackers refer to the various Lonely Planet guides as South East Asia bibles, and indeed treat them as such. Taking just a glimpse at Lonely Planet: Thailand, it's not difficult to understand why. Crammed into over 1000 pages is everything you could want to know about pretty much every region of Thailand.
Lonely Planet: Thailand's Islands and Beaches
Joe Cummings: Buy from or
  • One of the main reasons people visit Thailand is for the scenery and amazing wildlife concentrated along its beautiful coast line--from the hippy resort of Had Rin and the sea Gypsy fishing villages around Koh Surin to the beautiful coral and waterfalls scattered around its coast. It gives you what you need to know about the main destinations. There is a whole section on Thailand's marine environment including beautiful colour photos. However, it also includes good information on Bangkok where many people either begin or end their journeys.

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Guide to Thailand
A complete guide to tourism in Thailand with a substantial natural history section

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