Get to the country's third highest mount for Bird watching
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 Pigeon, 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 Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
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 vehicle, some walking.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Thai Baht - Cash based on one or two persons for accommodation and dinners.
The cost of accommodation is from 1,000 Baht to 1,500 Baht per night.
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.