Single Room Supplement:
Relaxed but intensive with early morning excursions and one or two steeper climbs. Some later finishes also.
Six plus Leader
Date: 25th March - 8th April 2018 [SPACES]
Leaders: Nick Upton
The Gulf of Thailand is one of the world’s premier shorebird sites and which hosts the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper which we hope to see on the first day feeding in the patchwork of salt pans and brine shrimp pools that line the coast. Birding within working salt farms and fishing communities will give us a chance to see a large number of shorebird species, including Nordmann’s Greenshank, as well as a way of life seldom seen by tourists. A visit to rice fields will also afford us views of many bird species including some large raptors as well as traditional farming. Nearby Kaeng Krachan National Park contains a huge number of colourful birds such as hornbills, woodpeckers and barbets within a tropical forest habitat. Huge strangler figs attract birds and mammals to feed on their fruits and amazing butterflies and spiders always provide something to look at in between finding birds. Here there is always a chance of coming across mammals such as Gibbons, Monkeys or even an Asiatic Elephant or Leopard if we are lucky. We will also visit Uncle Sin’s waterhole where we should see a bird-bathing spectacular! In southern Thailand we will visit Krung Ching, Krabi and Phang Nga where will be birding in very humid, but beautiful, tropical rainforest and mangroves which will allow us to encounter a different avifauna from our experiences at Kaeng Krachan. Heading to Phang Nga we will find ourselves in another different habitat – mangroves. This will be a fairly intensive trip with early starts and some late finishes, as well as a couple of boat trips –it’s the only way to get the best out of these fabulous bird rich areas. The terrain is mostly easy and walks are on good tracks though getting to the high road at Kaeng Krachan will involve using a 4 x 4 vehicle on a steep forest road and the forest trail at Krung Ching is steep and narrow in places and is some years is also wet and slippery. Your tour leader will be Nick Upton and you can expect to see approximately 350 species of birds.
Many thanks to Nick Upton for the use of his excellent photos, You can follow Nick on Twitter HERE