Doi Inthanon/ Doi Angkhang /Doi Sanju
Bird Watching Tour
Destinations: Chiang Mai.
Duration: 7 days 6 nights
Note: The itinerary is just the guideline, tour or nature trail can be flexible and could be changed according to weather condition, nature or road condition but the main concept will be the same. However, no guarantee that every birds which listed on the itinerary will be seen as depend on the time of the year and as nature birds can fly.
Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain is a site of unique biological interest and supports a fascinating variety of different vegetation types and a higher bird species total than any other protected area. Of the total of 382 species of birds so far known from Doi Inthanon, at least 266 species are residents or were formerly residents on the mountain. Doi Inthanon is of particular conservation importance for those species which inhabit the moist hill evergreen forests of the upper slopes. Some, such as the Chestnut-tailed Minla and White-browned Shortwing, which are around the summit, occur in Thailand only on those few higher mountain summits which have considerable areas of hill evergreen forest above 1800 m. Doi Inthanon contains the only significant protected populations of such species in Thailand. The Ashy-throated Leaf-Warbler is found nowhere else in Thailand while an endemic race of the Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis angkanensis) is also completely confined to the summit. The Vachirathan Waterfall is one of the best sites for observing birds of fast-flowing streams. The Plumbeous Redstart and the River Chat often perch on boulders in mid-stream. The Slaty-backed Forktail can sometimes be seen. Among the many scarce arboreal birds to look out for are the Long-tailed Broadbill, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Green Cochoa and Purple Cochoa and Black – tailed Crake.
Doi Ankhang is a mountain belonging to the Himalayan foot hill range, located at the Myanmar (Burmese) border. The highest point is 1,928 metres. Although chiefly deforested, this is still one of Northern Thailand’s most prominent birdwatching areas, due to more and rarer bird species being in residence, as well as being a popular resting point for numerous migratory birds. Examples of rare and beautiful birds inhabiting this area include the Spot-breasted Parrotbill and the Red-faced Liocichla. A highly recommend site to find the rarest bird species is the picturesque area named Heavenly Valley. It is not so uncommon to spot the Red-tailed Laughing Thrush here. Around The Royal Agricultural Project Station you can find Brown, Burmese and Long-tailed Shrike and also Fire-capped Tits and Silver-eared Mesia, White – tailed Robin, Maroon Oriole
Doi Lang & Doi SanJu at close range to Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, which is the second highest mountain in Thailand and it is part of the Dan Lao Mountain range, northwest of Chiangmai, located at Baan Thaton, Mae Aei District, shares the border with Myanmar. Doi SanJu, is possible to access from Fang town and easy to travel with good paved road. The mountain forest and a non traffic road make an easy view of the birds. Although, sometime can be very quiet, however, Doi Lang is providing some of a rare species like Mrs’ Hume Pheasant, Long –tailed Sibia, Himalaya Cutia, Black – throated Tit, Black – eared Shrike Babbler, Whiskered Yuhina, Crimson – breasted Woodpecker, Fire – tailed Sunbird.
Thailand Bird Watching tour Itinerary details
Day 1 Doi Inthanon
6:00 am Meet at the hotel lobby, OR at Chiangmai Interantioana Airport, we will meander up the winding roads leading to Doi Inthanon. We will observe the bird in the different habitat in the lower elevation area. Birds that possible to be seen; White – crested Laughing Thrush, Golden – fronted Leafbird, Blue – winged Leafbird, White – throated Kingfisher, Lineated Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Green Bee – eater, Asian – barred Owlet, Crested Treeswift, Ashy Minivet, Olive – backed Sunbird. Lunch will be at local restaurant in the national park.
In the evening we will check in to the accommodation
Overnight in Doi Inthanon
Day 2 Doi Inthanon
This morning will proceed up to the second checkpoint, birds that possible to be seen are: Rufouse-bellied Niltava, Small Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycather, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Yellow-checked Tit, Grey-checked Fulveta, Black-headed Sibia, Asian Emerald Cuckcoo, White – tailed Leaf Warbler, White-throated Fantail, Silver-eared Mesia, Spectacled Barwing, Fulvous – breasted Woodpecker, Bronzed Drongo
Later, will proceed to the mountains summit to look for some of the mountains rarer birds, such as Green – tailed Sunbird, Chestnut – tailed Minla, Pigmy Wren Babbler, Slaty – bellied Tesia, Ashy – throated Warbler, Snowy – browed Flycatcher, Rufous – throated Partridge, Chestnut – crowned Laughingthrush, Flavescent Bulbul.
After lunch, will visit different habitat such as, waterfall, farm land etc. in the National Park area. Birds possible to be seen; Plumbeous Redstart, White – capped Water Redstart, Slaty – backed Forktail, Black – backed Forktail, Blue Whistling Thrush, Silver – breasted Broadbill, Black – napped Monarch, Asian Paradise – Flycatcher and more…
Overnight in Doi Inthanon
Day 3 Doi Inthanon> Doi Angkhang
Early morning, continue bird watching in Doi Inthanon National Park area. Late morning, after checkout we will drive down and heading north to Chiangdao. After Lunch will travel to Doi Angkhang. (Possible to stop for bird watching on the way)
Overnight at Doi Angkhang
Day 4 Doi Angkhang
During the day we will birding at different site in Doi Angkhang, possible spotting several bird species enjoy the cool climate of Doi Angkhang, at the border military camp, hill tribe village. Possible birds to be seen; White – browed Scimitar Babbler, Mountain Tailorbird, White – rumped Shama, Daurian Redstart, Brown – breasted Bulbul, Crested Finchbill, Black – crested Bulbul, Peregrine Falcon, Great Barbet, Green – billed Malkoha etc.
Evening overnight at the resort in Doi Angkhang
Day 5 Doi Angkhang > Fang Town
Early morning we will check for more birds at Doi Angkhang area, bird possible to be seen, White-browned Laughing Thrush, Black-naped Monarch, Verditer Flycatcher, Pied Bushchat, Chestnut-vented Nutchatch
Late afternoon drive down to Fang town.
Overnight in Fang
Day 6 Doi Sunju
After arranged breakfast and lunch box, we will drive up to Doi Sanju. Birds possible to see ; Mountain Bamboo Partridges on the road side. Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Largh cuckooshrike, Large Niltava, Chestnut – crowned Warbler, Cutia, Rufous – winged Fulvetta, Spotted – winged Grosbeak etc.
Evening drive back to overnight in Fang Town.
Day 7 Doi Sanju> Chiangmai
Early morning after breakfast and check out, we will drive up to Doi Sanju for a half day birding. Then travel along the scenic road for 3-4 hours back to Chiangmai. Transfer to your hotel or Airport.
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