Krabi (5 days 4 nights tour)

Bird Watching in Thailand

Background

A forested mountain park of 150sq km, Khao Nor Chuchi national park supports the most diverse remaining lowland bird fauna of any site so far known in Peninsular Thailand, with over 230 species of resident and migrant birds. Species includes a great many lowland specialists and other species which are scarce elsewhere: Wallace´s Hawk-Eagle, Crested Wood-Partridge, Crested Fireback, Little Green Pigeon, Jambu Fruit-Dove, Diard´s Trogon, Black Hornbill, Red-crowned Barbet, Ferruginous Babbler, Rufous-crowned Babbler, Striped Wren-Babbler, Large Wren-Babbler, Chestnut-rumped babbler, Black-throated Babbler. This national park is the only site known to support a potentially viable population of Gurney´s Pitta, with 12-15 probable territories so far located. Giant, and Banded Pitta are also present.

Itinerary

Day 1

After meeting at Khao Luk, we will proceed to Pakarung Beach, some 25 kms north of Khao Luk. Here the long sandy beach and remnant corals support birds such as Chinese Egret, Crab Plover, Oyster Catcher, Terek Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Saunders´ Tern, and White-winged Tern. Birdwatching all day, before the transfer to Krabi town. Overnight: Krabi town. Meals: (L,D)

Day 2

Early morning explore the mangrove forest of Khanab Nam by long tail boat. Many birds can be spotted throughout the day in this area. Species include Mangrove Pitta, White-bellied Woodpecker, Common Redshank, Brown-winged Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Pacific Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Flyeater, Mangrove Whistler, etc. Lunch at a restaurant in the town, before an afternoon of birding on a bar at the mouth of a river. Overnight: Krabi town. Meals: (B (boxed), L, D)

Day 3 – 4

Very early morning, transfer to Khao Noi Chuchi national park, some 67 km from Karabi (approx. 40 mins drive). Birding all day on trails through the park and then return to Krabi after twilight. The park has a number of trails, each of which tend to reveal certain species. On trail E we have seen Gurney´s Pitta twice and many trogons. Trail B: Banded Pitta, Hooded Pitta, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, and Green Broadbill. Other birds seen on the edges of the park include Black and Yellow Broadbill, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Blue-winged Pitta, Yellow-vented Bulbul and Puff-throated Babbler. Near a local canal, other possible sightings include White-chested Babbler, and Rufous-collared Kingfisher. Afternoon of day 3 we move to Pant Din Samung by 4×4 vehicle, where we can see Wreathed Hornbill, White-headed Munia (paddyfield areas), Whiskered Treeswift, and Tiger Shrike. Evening birding around Morakot Pond, where you can see Thick-billed Spider-hunter, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Oriental Dwarf kingfisher, Grey–bellied Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Cream-vented Bulbul, and Stripe-throated Bulbul. Relax and take a swim here after a full day of birding. Overnight: Krabi city. Meals: (B, L (boxed), D)

Day 5

Depart Krabi early morning for a half day of bird watching at Panam Benja National Park (approx. 30 mins drive from Krabi). Departure after lunch and return to Krabi. End of Service. Meals: (B,L) Meals: B = Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Price Includes

  • Expert English-speaking bird watching guide
  • Accommodation (twin share) with private bathroom & a/c
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transfers as itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance

Things to bring

  • Light walking boots or sports shoes
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved shirt for walking in the forest
  • Mosquito repellent

Notes

  • One birdwatching guide for every 8 people

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