8 Days for Bird Watching and Birds Photography in Cat Tien National Park, Di Linh Plateau and Bidoup Nuiba National Park
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8-Day for Bird Watching, Birds Photography in Vietnam’s largest national parks promises to bring a great experience to anyone.
What is our itinerary for 8-day Bird Watching and Birds Photography in Cat Tien National Park, Di Linh Plateau and Bidoup Nuiba National Park?
- Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cat Tien National Park
- Day 2: Cat Tien National park in the bird-hide for birding and birds photography
- Day 3: Cat Tien National park : go to Crocodile lake
- Day 4: Cat Tien – Da lat City
- Day 5: Da Lat City – Bidoup Nuiba National Park
- Day 6: Bidoup Nui ba National Park
- Day 7: Deo Nui San hot-spot
- Day 8: Deo Nui San hot-spot
Bird Warching – Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cat Tien National Park
The tour guide will meet you at the hotel at 6:00 am and pick you up for breakfast, Pho will be the first breakfast in our 4-day journey with us.
The journey takes 4 hours, we will go to Cat Tien National Park, do the necessary procedures and buy tickets to enter the garden, through a small ferry crossing the Dong Nai River, you will have 4 days to enjoy the holiday. in Cat Tien National Park.
After lunch at Golden Bamboo Restaurant, a small restaurant located in the national park, however the menu is rich in both European and Asian styles. You will take a short lunch break then walk the main route in the national park to birds watching and birds photography.
With the main roads 3km, you can see some kind of nice birds at Cat Tien: 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, Van hasselt’s Sunbirds, Ruby-checked Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, White-collared Kingfisher, Banded kingfisher, Square-taied Drongo-cuckoo, Thick-billed Green-pigeon, Orange-breasted trogon, Laced Woodpeckers,…
Take care to bring water because the weather in Cat Tien National Park is very hot and humid at this stage, you will lose a lot of sweat for a short walk.
There is an ideal stop just 1.5km from the center of the national park, which is the Forest lodge Floor, which has beautiful views to enjoy beer and take photos of the Rapid of Dong Nai river flowing through the rocks. In addition, you can also meet some beautiful birds while sitting here: blue-winged leafbird, chestnut-fronted leadbird, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented flowerpecker, pied hornbill, great hornbill…
Birds Photography – Day 2: Cat Tien National park in the bird-hide for birding and birds photography
We start at 5:30 am to find and enjoy with “ Yellow cheeked Gibbon” and hear “sing their song” , then we back to the restaurant for breakfast.
We going to the bird-hide for birds photography for some Vietnam Bird highlight targets in Cat Tien : Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Germain’s peacock pheasant, Siamese fireback, Green-legged Partridge… You will have so many nice pictures of them , let’s prepare your camera gear and battery. More over you can see some kinds of bulbuls group : Stripe-throated Bulbul, Black-headed bulbul, Black-crested bulbul, Greater Coucal, … visit the site for bathing.
Every evening, we will invite you to a few beers to relax after a long day of tired walking or sitting for too long in the bird hide.
After Dinner , we go to find some Owls : Asian barred Owlet, Brown hawk owl, Collared Scops Owl, Great-eared nightjar, Large-tailed nightjar…
- Accommodation: At the same room.
- Meals: B/L/D: at the restaurant same with the first day.
Bird Watching – Day 3: Cat Tien National park: Go To Crocodile Lake
We start at 6:00 in the car to move to Crocodile Lake: After 9km by car and then we continute walk in the trail with 6km long.
We will walk along the 6km-long trail through the undulating low hills, under the hot, dry rainforest canopy. A lot of birds singing intermixed the moments when you have to hold your breath to keep quiet to watch the Black-shanked Douc langur sunbathing on the tall trees. When people are found, the nymphs will run quickly and shake the branches. Follow your guide to find beautiful moments to take pictures of this beautiful and unique primate.
Be sure to prepare yourself for long pants and leg protection socks, anti- leeches spray. This trail you can see some nice birds in Cat Tien : Violet Cuckoo, Orange-breasted Trogon, Ashy minivet, Banded Broadbill, Germain’s peacock pheasant…
When you arrive at the crocodile on a two-hour journey, you will be surprised because amidst the hot, humid jungle, there is a beautiful scenery that appears, with the breeze to ease the discomfort due to the heat. Moisture induced.
Choose a nice seat to watch at the observation deck of the Bau Sau ranger station, ordering a beer or coca will make you really comfortable. Occasionally in the lake, a few crocodiles emerge to hunt, in the sky will appear Osprey, if you are lucky, you will meet White-bellied Sea Eagles foraging.
After lunch at Crocodile lake , we track back to center headquarter and arrive at 17:00 .
- Accommodation: At the same room
- Meals: B/ D : at the restaurant same with the first day.
Bird Watching – Day 4: Cat Tien – Da lat City
We will leave at 6:00 am to be the first to arrive in the grasslands. This short tour will give you the experience of seeing and photographing Green peafowl, Red junglefowl, Imperial pigeon and many beautiful birds that appear early in the morning in the grasslands.
Moreover, there are many species of herbivores that also appear: sambar deer, red muntjak, wild boar, … if lucky, you can meet Gaurs.
After lunch , check out at 1:00 and moving to Da lat City, we arrive after 3 hours transport (after 17:00pm).
- Accommodation in Dream Hotel – Phan Dinh Phung Street, Dalat City.
Dream Hotel is a mid-range hotel (2 stars) in Dalat. However, this is a hotel with more than 20 years serving birds, very experienced senior understand and serve the discerning birder. They have a breakfast from 5:00 am serving a variety of European and Asian styles.
- There are many other accommodation options, in the more luxurious and central hotels, but serving breakfast at 5:00 am is not possible, which is very inconvenient for birders.
Bird Watching – Day 5: Da Lat City – Bidoup Nuiba National Park
Breakfast at 5:30 and then we go directly to Bidoup Nuiba National park. Full-day for bird watching in Giang Ly and Hon Giao area. In this place, we have 3 bird-hide for us with some high-light target : Collared laughingthrush (endemic), Black-hooded laughingthrush, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Rufous-throated Partridge, Black-crowned Fulvetta (endemic), Pygmy Cupwing, Large Niltava, White-tailed Robin, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Orange-headed Thrush…
In addition, We will follow the streams along the stream, there will be many moments when there will be many birds living along the stream to take pictures: Spotted Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail,Plumbeus Water Redstar, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher.
We will move back to the hotel in Dalat city at 17:30pm.
- Accommodation : at the Dream Hotel.
- Meals : B at the Dream hotel restaurant
- L at the restaurant near birding hide
- D: Restaurant in Da lat City.
Birds Photography – Day 6: Bidoup Nui ba National Park
We continute birding in Bidoup Nui Ba national park in another place with some special birds : Rusty-naped Pitta, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Red-crossbill, Vietnamese Cutia, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Green-backed Tit, Chestnut vented Nuthatch…
We will leave Bidoup National Park at 16:00 and go to Di Linh, to Di Linh at 18:30 and stay at Thuy Duong hotel.
Bird Watching – Day 7: Deo Nui San hot-spot
Full-day birding in Deo Nui San hot-spot, with 2 bird-hide, we can enjoy with more than 25 birds species in nice picture :
- Target birds: Indochinese Green-magpie, Black-headed Parrotbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Bar-backed Partridge, Large Scimitar Babbler, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler.
- Other birds: White-throated Rock-thrush, Siberian Thrush, Blue-throated Blue-flycatcher, Orange-headed Thrush, Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Puff-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, White-bellied Erpornis,…
Birds Photography – Day 8: Deo Nui San hot-spot
The morning bird photography at Nui San Pass. Another bird-hide for : Blue Pitta, bar-backed patridge, Streak-wren Babbler…
We will leave Di Linh to return to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch. Finish the 8 day bird photography program.
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