Trip report: Thailand, Mystical Asia (Mar 2010) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse.

With its well-developed tourist infrastructure, friendly people, stunning temples, delicious food, wide range of habitats and superb diversity of resident, migrant and wintering birds, Thailand is one of Asia’s most exciting birding destinations and an obvious first choice as an introduction to Asian birding. During our three-week trip we were able to cover this large region from mountain peaks to huge freshwater lakes and lush tropical forests. We visited salt pans close to Bangkok with world class shorebirding and the mega-rare Spoon-billed Sandpiper; the majestic Khao Yai National Park where the mammals compete with the hornbills & pheasants for top-billing; the mountains of the north-west with numerous wintering birds and interesting Himalayan species; and the lowland rainforests of the south with the stunning forest gems, pittas. Thailand has everything you could ask for in a birding destination.

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