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The Following Reports are available from Southern Thailand :
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Tours of Thailand  
The North Doi Inthanon, Doi Suthep, Doi Chiang Dao, Doi Angkhang, Tatorn, Mae Ping, Mae Fang
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

Hala-Bala, Krabi, Pangnga, KNC etc

Ko Rah Ecolodge, Thailand February 7th-20th 2010

  • Overall a very relaxing holiday with only a handful of people on the island. The birding was relaxed and rewarding as was the photography....Gareth Jones reports.

Thailand, April 22-May 3, 2008

  • All together, the trip yielded 40 species including 35 new species. Several target species are amongst these...Stephen Janko reports.  

Southern Thailand, Thai Muang, Khao Nor Chuchi, paddling at Khao Sok and more Nov 2006

  • We had incredible close-up views of a pair of Great Hornbill feeding on fruits in a lake-side tree.  Wreathed Hornbills flew over high up.  Another Oriental Hobby was perched on top of a dead tree.  Many birds were only heard this morning ; Banded, Black-and Yellow and Green Broadbills....Stijn De Win and Mark Piazzi report.

Phi Phi Island 8th of April 2006

  • Looking up, a good number of Frigates were soaring on high. We turned off the engine and for the next 20 minutes I laid on the back with bins in my hands taking in wonderful views of Lesser and Christmas Island Frigate birds...Peter Ericsson reports.

Krabi, Thailand 18-31/1 2006

  • We found the birding in Thailand much harder then in Goa. Very few birds were seen along roadsides and there were hardly any raptors soaring during the warm hours mid day. Even the Brahminy Kites were few. Some days we found gatherings of swifts, swallows and swiftlets....Lars Olausson and Hans-Erik Persson report.

Southern and Central Thailand 10-20th April 2004

  • This part of Thailand has to be one of the best places in the world for birders with non-birding spouses or families.  Where else can you see birds of the quality of Gurney's Pitta, Nordmann's Greenshank or Nicobar Pigeon within such easy reach of a mainstream tourist destination?  Krabi itself is a nice town, not too spoilt, but with all the facilities you might want, and it's still extremely cheap by European standards....Gruff Dodd reports

Southern Thailand 4th-17th April 2004

  • This short report covers a primarily non-birding holiday I recently took in Southern Thailand with my girlfriend, Emer Callanan. It includes current contact details for Yotin Meekaew, the local guide at Khao Nor Chuchi (KNC). The only serious birding was done at KNC and Krabi; other sites visited were the Ko Phi Phi Islands, the Similan Islands and Khao Sok National Park...Richard Rae reports.

Sri Phang Nga and Phuket Island 11-12 February 2004

  • Many birders who have been birding in the south of Thailand will agree with me when I say that the birding here is harder than in the north or even the central regions of Thailand. Birds in the south tend to be more skulking & usually don't give that good looks. Often one will hear more than one sees, which can be frustrating at times...Ike Suriwong reports

Southern Thailand 24th to 29th of May 2003

  • The first stop was not far from Bangkok, at a temple called Wat Cholng Lo m to look for Edible-Nest Swiftlet. There were about 400 of them breeding in the building we visited, but a Monk told us that there were thousands in total, spread over several buildings. The monks harvest the nests every 3 months....Hanno Stamm reports.
Whiskered Tree Swift

Hala Bala, Southern Thailand 21-23/4/03

  • To visit Hala Bala has long been a desire of mine . Where else would one go to see plenty of Hornbills in a pristine and lush lowland rainforest in Thailand? Yes, Taman Negarah in Malaysia is a good option but for me being essentially a Thai birder, there is no real  choice....Peter Ericsson reports

Photo: Whiskered Tree Swift - Peter Ericsson

19 days hardcore birding in Southern Thailand 16/4 - 4/5 2002

  • Walked very slowly past the hotspots, and then I saw a shadow between the trees at U30, saw immediately that it was a pitta and I thought I saw something blue on it as well.  Grabbing my bins faster than ever.  With my mind expecting to see a male Hooded pitta, a million tons of bricks left my shoulders when  I realized I was watching a male Gurney's pitta sitting in a ray of sunlight.  The head was just incredible blue!....Eirik Grønningsæter reports.

Southern Thailand June 2002

  • No sooner had I stepped out of the van but a Streak-breasted Woodpecker came in front of me. I was immediately greeted by several Mangrove Pittas calling from all over. It didn't take long to track one down for better views. This was my 2nd lifer. Brown-winged Kingfisher is easy here but what caught my attention was the rather explosive whistle of something from inside the mangroves. After a bit of searching a Mangrove Whistler came in full view and my 3rd life bird was recorded ..Peter Ericsson reports.

Central and Southern Thailand 19th April - 6th May 2002

  • The main aim of our trip was obviously to see the Gurney's Pitta at KNC but also to visit the not well known (by western birders) Bala forest. This was definitely the highlight of the trip for me along with the two second view of a male Gurney's Pitta !...Stuart White reports.

Southern Thailand April 5th-16th 2002

  • Ever since the 1970s and the British Birds magazine reports of exotic trips, Thailand has been an ambition destination....In all we managed ten days of fairly intensive birding, identifying 216 species and missing out on a handful of others. We dipped on seeing Gurney's Pitta and hope, when we finally return to Southern Thailand, there might still be a few to enjoy, somehow though I doubt it.....Mark and Sandra Dennis report.

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Some Useful bird books for Southern 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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