Bird watching at Doi Chiang Dao
Doi Chiang Dao is the largest limestone massif in Thailand and its main peak is, at 2, 220 metres, the country's third highest mountain. It rises dramatically at an angle of 60 degrees to face the rising sun. Its poor porous soils, exposed rocks and limited surface water make it harsh unforgiving habitat in which, none the less, over 50 exciting plants and insects known only in these parts - a record for endemicity in Thailand - can be found. Bird watching at the top of the mountain will not be so eventful because of the rugged limestone cliff faces, lack of trees and vast open spaces. However there are some excellent birding opportunities at lower elevations, where you can find more open evergreen forests and pines, home to a rich variety of montane birds. The rarest bird to be commonly spotted here is the Giant Nuthatches (Sitta Magna). The Humes Pheasant, named after the wife of a British ornithologist.
Leaving early from Chiang Mai, we will drive along a scenic route to Doi Chiang Dao. Along the way, we will stop at some of the recommended birding areas such as around Chiang Dao Paddy field, Chiang Dao Wildlife Research Center and Pabong Cave temple. After an enjoyable day's bird watching, we will check in at our resort before getting an early night in preparation for tomorrows early start. Bird possible to see Pin - tailed Parrotfinch, Pin - tailed Green Pieon, Oriental Hobby, Black - hooded Oriole etc.
Early morning, we will travel by four wheel drive to Den Ya Kud Wildlife Station. We will stop to enjoy birding at a few particularly hot spots on the way. Late afternoon will travel back to Chiangmai. Birds possible to be seen: Asian Paradise - Flycatcher, Plaintive Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Asian Drongo Cuckoo etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meet at hotel lobby.
End location: Back to hotel or Airport, Bus station, Train station
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.
4 wheels drive vihicle, walking
• Private touring, Transportation, Entrance Fees, etc with qualified English speaking Guide, specializing in birding and Road Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle.
• 2 Lunch on Day 1-2
• 1 Breakfast on Day 2 (breakfast box)
• Water and cool towel during the tour
• Snack, Fruits, Tea & coffee break during the tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Thai Baht - Cash based on one or two person,for Accommodation and Dinner, The cost of accommodation is from 500 Baht to 1,000 Baht per night up. Need to pay room for guide too.
Meals & items not stipulated on the itinerary
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.