Overnight bird watching tour Doi Inthanon, Chiangmai
Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain is a site of unique biological interest and supports a fascinating variety of different vegetation types and a higher bird species total than any other protected area. Of the total of 382 species of birds so far known from Doi Inthanon, at least 266 species are residents or were formerly residents on the mountain. Doi Inthanon is of particular conservation importance for those species which inhabit the moist hill evergreen forests of the upper slopes. Some, such as the Chestnut-tailed Minla and White-browned Shortwing, which are around the summit, occur in Thailand only on those few higher mountain summits which have considerable areas of hill evergreen forest above 1800 m. Doi Inthanon contains the only significant protected populations of such species in Thailand. The Ashy-throated Leaf-Warbler is found nowhere else in Thailand while an endemic race of the Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis angkanensis) is also completely confined to the summit.
5:30 am Meet in the hotel lobby, we will leave the hotel to meander up the winding roads leading to Doi Inthanon.
We arrive at the Park entrance, we will observe the bird in the different habitat in the lower elevation area. Birds that possible to be seen; White-crested Laughing Thrush, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, White-throated Kingfisher, Lineated Barbet, and much more.
In the evening we will check in to the accommodation.
Early morning will proceed up to the second checkpoint, birds that possible to be seen are Rufous-bellied Niltava, Small Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Yellow-cheked Tit, Grey-checked Fulveta, Black-headed Sibia, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, etc.
After lunch, we visit different habitat such as waterfall, farmland etc. in the National Park area. Birds possible to be seen: Plumbeous Redstart, White-capped Water Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktai.
Late afternoon will drive back and transfer to your hotel in Chiangmai.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at the Airport or your Hotel lobby.
End location: Transfer back to the Airport or your Hotel.
Duration: 10 hours
Note: The itinerary is just a guideline; Bird watching tour can be flexible and might be changed according to weather conditions, vagaries of nature or road conditions, but the main concept of the tour will be the same. However, there is no guarantee that every bird listed on the itinerary will be seen as it must depend on the time of the year and on the fact that, as is their nature, birds fly.
Clean, comfortable air-conditioned Toyota commuter van 9 seats. Or SUV 4 wheels drive vehicle.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Thai Baht - Cash based on one or two person for accommodation,breakfast and others expense such as telephone bill, laundry etc.
Bird watching tour policy: Please keep in mind that I will neither use playback or other sounds/noises nor worms to attract birds because these will disturb the natural condition of the birds.
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Very professional birding guide and very good arrangements with excellent support (Dom). Expensive but well worth it.
Anthony (tony) Wilson