12 Days for Birds Watching and Birds Photography in The Southern and Central Highland of Vietnam

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Looking for bird watching trails near me in Vietnam? Here you’ll find best recommended trails for bird watching holidays in Vietnam regions base on my experience.

  • 17 Days Birds Photography and Birding Tours to the South, Central Highland and Central of Vietnam
  • 12 Days Birds Watching and Birds Photography in The Southern and Central Highland of Vietnam

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17 Days Birds Photography and Birding Tours to the South, Central Highland and Central of Vietnam

17 Days Birds Photography and Birding Tours to the South, Central Highland and Central of Vietnam
17 Days Birds Photography and Birding Tours to the South, Central Highland and Central of Vietnam
  • In Cat Tien National park (3 days): Germain’s peacock pheasant, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Grey-faced Tit Babbler, Green-legged Partridge and Orange-necked Partridge.
  • In Di Linh (Deo nui San) (2 day) : Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Black-headed Parrotbill, Langbian Sunbird.
  • In Da Lat and Bidoup Nui Ba National Park (3 days): Vietnamese Cutia, Collared Laughingthrush, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Grey-crowned Crocias, Annam Barbet, Da Lat Shrike Babbler, Black-crowned Fulvetta.
  • In Mang Den, Kontum (1,5 days): Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush
  • In Ngoc Linh Natural reserve (2,5 days): Golden-winged Laughingthrush, Black-crowned Barwing, Indochinese fulvetta.
  • In Da Nang City, Son Tra Peninsula (1 day): Some migratory birds include: Janpanese Thrush, Grey-backed Thrush,
  • Bach Ma NP (2 day):
  • Sa Mu Pass (1 day)
  • In Phongnha-Kebang National Park: 2 days.

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12 Days Birds Watching and Birds Photography in The Southern and Central Highland of Vietnam

12 Days for Birds Watching and Birds Photography in The Southern and Central Highland of Vietnam
12 Days Birds Watching and Birds Photography in The Southern and Central Highland of Vietnam

The 12-day program will cover two national parks and the three largest nature reserves in southern Vietnam.

  • In Cat Tien National park (3 days): Germain’s peacock pheasant, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Grey-faced Tit Babbler, Green-legged Partridge and Orange-necked Partridge.
  • In Di Linh (Deo nui San) (2 day) : Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Black-headed Parrotbill, Langbian Sunbird.
  • In Da Lat city and Bidoup Nui Ba National Park (3 days): Vietnamese Cutia, Collared Laughingthrush, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Grey-crowned Crocias, Annam Barbet, Da Lat Shrike Babbler, Black-crowned Fulvetta.
  • In Mang Canh, Kontum (1,5 days): Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush
  • In Ngoc Linh Natural reserve (2,5 days): Golden-winged Laughingthrush, Black-crowned Barwing, Indochinese fulvetta.

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Below is information about locations on the trails you may find interested in while questioning “bird watching tours near me

Bidoup Nui Ba National Park – Best location to put in your “bird watching trails near me” list

Being identified by BirdLife International, The Dalat Plateau is one of the five endemic bird areas (EBAs) in Vietnam.

Dalat Shrike-Babbler Bidoup Nui ba National Parl
The place is home for 441 species of vertebrate animals from 30 orders and 98 families.

Eight of the eight restricted-range bird species that occur in this EBA are:

  • Crested Argus
  • Yellow-billed Nuthatch
  • Black-hooded Laughingthrush
  • White-cheeked Laughingthrush
  • Collared Laughingthrush
  • Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler / Indochinese Wren Babbler
  • Vietnamese Greenfinch Grey-crowned Crocias

Bidoup Nui Ba National Park supports to almost endemic birds of Dalat plateau (except Orange-breasted Laughingthrush). Up to now, a total of 382 vertebrate species have been recorded at the Bidoup Nui Ba, comprising 89 species of mammal, 202 species of bird, 62 species of reptile and 29 species of amphibian.

Birds highlight of Dalat Plateau and Bidoup Nui Ba National park

Targets: Da Lat Plateau and Bidoup Nui Ba National park Endemic Bird Area Endemic: Grey-crowned Crocias, Orange-breasted and Black-hooded Laughingthrushes, Vietnamese Cutia and Vietnamese Greenfinch , Collared Laughingthrush. The Black-crowned Fulvetta.

Bird Vietnam targets: Indochinese Wren-babbler, Pygmy Wren-babbler, Grey-bellied Tesia, Black-headed Sibia, Rufous-throated Partridge, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Wintering Mugimaki Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Black-throated Tit, Spotted Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail…

When is the best time for bird watching in this area?

The best time for birding and bird photography in Bidoup Nui Ba is from November to Jun when it’s not too rainy. The most beautiful time for bird photography is in December or April.

How much time should we spend for bird watching in Bidoup Nui Ba National Park?

Usually, tourists tend to spend 2 days 1 night for bird watching in this area.

Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve

Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve supports high levels of endemism in plants and animals.

The proposed nature reserve supports populations of several plant species that are endemic to Vietnam, including Pinus dalatensis and Panax vietnamensis. This place can not be missed in “bird watching trails near me” order.

Golden-winged Laughingthrush Ngoc Linh National Resever
This reserve is perfect for people who like to immerse themselves in nature. Many rare plants, birds and animals live here.

Moreover, Ngoc Linh supports a population of the recently discovered, endemic mammal species, Annamite Muntjac Muntiacus truongsonensis. In addition, the proposed nature reserve supports one bird species, Golden-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax ngoclinhensis, whose known global range is restricted to the central Annamites. As the result of the presence of Golden-winged Laughingthrush and three other restricted-range bird species, Ngoc Linh proposed nature reserve qualifies for inclusion in the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA), the most recently discovered of Vietnam’s four EBAs. Furthermore, together with parts of the contiguous Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve, the site qualifies as an Important Bird Area.

Birds highlight of Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve

Target: Himalayan Cutia, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Green Shrike-Babbler, Crested Argus, Rusty-napped Pitta, Blue Pitta, Silver Pheasant, Black-crowned Barwing, Grey-crowned Crocias, Golden-winged Laughingthrush, Red-tailed Laughingthrush.

When is the good time for bird watching in Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve?

The best time for bird watching in this erea is from October to November or March to Jun. In addition, good time for Birds Photography Tours is from March to Jun.

Bach Ma National Park

Bach Ma NP is located between the coast and the mountains, which gives Bach Ma and the immediate surrounding area a microclimate and the weather tends to be rather changeable, unpredictable and very wet.

Bach Ma provides visiting birders opportunities to observe many other birds
Bach Ma provides visiting birders opportunities to observe many other birds

Bach Ma has some of the wettest weather in Vietnam with around 8,000 mm of precipitation falling annually at the summit. Fortunately, most of this falls in just three months of the year, between September and November.

Birds highlight of Bach Ma National Park

Around 330 bird species have been recorded at Bach Ma National Park. Most notable is a recent record of the globally endangered Edwards’s Pheasant close to the park. Bach Ma is most famous for its population of Crested Argus. This species is more often heard than seen. Moreover, the abundant and diverse forest avifauna of Bach Ma provides visiting birders opportunities to observe many other birds, such as Blyth’s Kingfisher, Brown Hornbill, Ratchet-tailed Treepie and Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler. No tourists on our bird watching tours want to get this place off their trails near me list.

Target: Rufous-throated Partridge, Annam Partridge, Silver Pheasant, Crested Argus, Red-collared Woodpecker, Red-vented Barbet, Brown Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue-rumped Pitta, Bar-bellied Pitta, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, White-winged Magpie, Indochinese Green Magpie, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Orange-headed Thrush, Siberian Thrush, Japanese Thrush, Sultan Tit, Masked Laughingthrush, White-crested Laughingthrush, Lesser-necklaced Laughingthrush, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Spot-necked Babbler, Grey-faced Tit Babbler, Black-browed Fulvetta, Fork-tailed Sunbird.

When is the best time for bird watching in this area?

April through to July are the best times to visit for tourist. Especially before the rains kick in at the beginning of September, tourist would have plenty of time to enjoy. From September onwards conditions can be very unpleasant with cool temperatures, high winds, heavy rain and very muddy conditions underfoot. During this period, leeches are out in force along the forest trails. The early spring from January to March can be cool with continuous drizzle and sometimes heavy rain.

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is located in western Bo Trach district, which is close to the international border with Laos.

This national park is situated in one of the largest areas of contiguous limestone karst in Indochina, which also includes Hin Namno National Protected Area in Laos. The limestone massif is located in a transitional zone between the northern and central Annamite Mountains. “A place like no orther” – This is what our customer says when their “bird watching trails near me” list included.

Phong Nha Ke Bang supports a high diversity of plant and animal species with over 200 bird species
Phong Nha Ke Bang supports a high diversity of plant and animal species with over 200 bird species

The limestone forest ecosystem at Phong Nha Ke Bang supports a high diversity of plant and animal species. Over 200 bird species have been recorded at this national park. The greatest conservation significance is several species found at the site that are endemic to this part of central Vietnam and Laos. Among these bird species, Sooty Babbler, a globally near-threatened species that went unrecorded between its discovery in Laos in the 1920s and its rediscovery at the site in 1994.

Birds highlight of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

Target: Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Sooty Babbler, Indochinese wren-babbler

When is the best time for bird watching in this area?

There is no better occasion for bird watching and bird photography than the period between December to March.

Cat Tien National Park – Last place missing in “bird watching trails near me” list

Place at 150m-250m above sea level, in Dong Nai Province, south of Vietnam, Cat Tien National Park is a great place to explore and experience the humid rainforest.

With a diverse flora and fauna, especially birds, animals, and reptiles …. This is the place where supports a variety of:

  • Primary and secondary lowland evergreen forest
  • Freshwater wetlands with open lakes and seasonally inundated grasslands
  • Indigenous culture of Stieng ethnic people.
Bar-bellied Pitta Cat Tien National Park
Bar-bellied Pitta Cat Tien National Park

Di Linh is a small town between Cat Tien National Park and Dalat Plateau. The main birding is in the Deo Suoi Lanh pass. The pass is a forested area along the road from Di Linh to the seaside town of Phan Thiet. The best birding is between the 80 km and 75 km road markers, especially KM78-79, up a steep narrow trail starting at KM76 behind a tea stall, and along a logging road accessed from that trail

Birds highlight of Cat Tien National Park

The primary target bird is the Green Cochoa, which is best seen along the central logging track. The tea stall trail is the best place for finding Orange-breasted Laughingthrush. This type of bird is always a difficult bird to see. The road is one of the best places to see Black-hooded Laughingthrush as well as many other tropical forest birds, easy to see Vietnamese Cutia and Blackc-crowned Parrotbill.

  • The Paradise for birding and birds photography tour in Vietnam, with list highlight birds: Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Germain’s peacock pheasant, Siamese fireback, Green-legged Partridge, Orange-necked Partridge, Green peafowl, …
  • More with some nice birds: Banded kingfisher, Square-taied Drongo-cuckoo, Thick-billed Green-pigeon,  Orange-breasted trogon, Common Flameback, Lesser yellownaped, Laced Woodpeckers, Great-slaty woodpecker, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Black and red broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Van hasselt’s Sunbirds, Ruby-checked Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird…
  • Some birds we can see on the trails: Violet Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Purple Sunbird, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Black-headed bulbul, Black-crested bulbul,  Greater Coucal,Black Drongo, Greater racket-tailed Drongo, Bronze Drongo, Blue-winged leafbird, Chestnut-fronted leafbird, Common tailorbird, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Ashy Tailorbird , Pale-legged warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler , Grey-faced Tit-babbler, Pin-striped Tit-babbler…
  • Some water-birds in Crocodile lake: Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjiutant, Little Egret, Castle Erget, Herons, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, Slaty-legged Crake, Red-legged Crake, …

When is the best time for bird watching in this area?

So you could birding hold years in the south-Vietnam but the best time for birding and Bird-photography in Cat Tien National Park, Di Linh Plateau and Dalat is from November to July.

How can you sign up for your best bird watching trails in Vietnam?

In conclusion, above is the list of best birding trails in Vietnam according to my experience so you are welcome to share with us your route. Alright, if you are looking for bird watching tours in Vietnam, please contact us to arrange and setup your bird watching tours in Vietnam at best price via:

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