Where is Bach Ma National Park?
Bach Ma National Park is located around 40 km south of Hue, which is a popular cultural and tourist destination, in central Vietnam.
Bach Ma National Park was probably the first National Park established in the Indochina Federation, during the French colonial period. Although not an official national park at that time, the colonial government established Bach Ma NR to protect Edward Pheasant, a beautiful bird species found only in the Annammite range. Simultaneously, Bach Ma was a famous resort from the 1930s, until 1948, there were 139 resort villas for French government officials in Indochina built in Bach Ma. Hot working days in Hue in the humid tropical country will not suit French officials, and only 2 hours by car from Hue capital, they have moments of comfortable relaxation at the top of the mountain. Bach Ma (1400m above sea level)
Today, the number of French villas is only 7, but it offers an ancient architecture, beautiful and blending with nature. When visitors visit Bach Ma, you will be able to stay overnight in these ancient villas, now named after the flowers: orchids, azaleas, hydrangea.
What types of bird we may find in Bach Ma?
With more than 300 species of bird recorded, including seasonal migratory birds, Bach Ma National Park is considered a Hot-spot among bird watching routes in Vietnam.
However, the trails around Bach Ma peak are a challenge for ordinary people.
In addition, at night, you will also meet many species of night activities such as bats, flying squirrels, Colugo.
In particular, the rare bird: the Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, will also be found here.
Some highlight for birds
Rufous-throated Partridge, Annam Partridge (now is Green-legged Partridge), Silver Pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler (now is Indochinese Wren Babbler), Red-vented Barbet, Brown Hornbill, , Ratchet-tailed Treepie, White-crowned Forktail, Red-headed Trogon, Indochinese Green Magpie, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Blue-rumped Pitta, Bar-bellied Pitta, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, White-winged Magpie, Orange-headed Thrush, Siberian Thrush, Japanese Thrush, Sultan Tit, Masked Laughingthrush, White-crested Laughingthrush, Lesser-necklaced Laughingthrush, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Grey-throated Babbler, Spot-necked Babbler, Black-browed Fulvetta, Fork-tailed Sunbird.
Around the top of Bach Ma is an ideal spot to find many species of lizards, frogs and snakes. Especially the rare snake “Slowinski Krait“.
What you need to bring in your bird watching trip in Bach Ma National Park?
- Flat shoes or sandals
- Waterproof jacket
- Sun screen
- Insect repellent
What’s so special on top of Bach Ma?
In addition to spending time with birds and wildlife, we should take the time to walk to the top of Bach Ma mountain (Vietnamese means white horse). There is a very large bronze bell, cast in feudal times. The bell is placed in front of a watchtower, standing from this watchtower, you can look away at the foot of the mountain, see Lang Co beach stretching to Cau Hai lagoon, a majestic and lush green landscape will make Like your eyes, the cool breeze blowing in from the sea will ease the fatigue during the climbing journey.
Near the top of Bach Ma, there are a number of Viet Cong tunnels. These tunnels were dug and used by Viet Cong guerrillas as a place to stay and fight during the Vietnam war years. But this cellar is not on the tourist list, discovering it will also bring very strange feelings, especially two beautiful bat species living in it can be found.
When is the best time for bird watching in this area?
The best bird watching season in Bach Ma is from January to April each year. If you come earlier from December, is also a time to welcome migratory birds to visit Bach Ma. However, the weather in December in Bach Ma will usually have drizzle rain and fog around the top of the mountain. It is quite cold compared to the elevation of 1400m.
How much time should we spend for bird watching in Bach Ma National Park?
Depend on your holiday, we suggest our tourists to spend about 2 – 3 days for bird watching and wildlife tour in Bach Ma.
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