Southern Vietnam: Birding with a Camera® (BwC)
In the early 2000’s, Vietnam was known for some of the toughest birding in Asia. A little over a decade later, one can go and have mind-blowing encounters with Blue, Bar-bellied, and Blue-rumped pittas, Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, and other seldom-seen endemic gems of the Da Lat Plateau. The construction of incredible purpose-built hides in the southern part of the country means that in a short time you can come away with incredible photos and views of some of Asia’s best birds. The regular supply of Bahn Mi sandwiches, delicate Vietnamese spring rolls, and fragrant Pho means that this tour doubles as a foodie’s delight. All accommodation has en-suite facilities, wifi and hot water. Hardly tough at all, and suddenly it’s become one of the most enjoyable trips in Asia. This tour focuses on Southern Vietnam including the endemic rich region of Da Lat, which boasts must-see birds like Gray-crowned Crocias and Vietnamese Cutia, and the country’s most diverse park, Cat Tien, which comes loaded with both high-quality birds and mammals from Black-shanked Douc-langur to Golden-cheeked Gibbon and Green Peafowl. There is also an extension to the center and north of Vietnam, but this takes the form of a more traditional birding tour as photographic opportunities there are tough.