Experience the best birding and cultural highlights of Vietnam, one of Southeast Asia's most bird-rich nations, on this brand new, 2-week long tour.
Held back by decades of economic struggle in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, this lush, avian-rich country has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in recent years, and for good reason! Its ever-improving infrastructure means it is now easier to explore than ever, and with its wealth of endemic and near-endemic bird species, and 24 species of primate, Vietnam offers much allure to both visiting birders and naturalists alike.
Our two-week tour has been designed to showcase the very best of Vietnam's birding & cultural highlights, and we will do all we can to find as many endemics and regional endemics as possible while also setting adequate time aside to visit several cultural and historical attractions. Beginning in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), we explore the fantastic Cat Tien National Park, one of Vietnam's primary hotspots and the largest remaining area of lowland tropical forest in southern Vietnam. The park is home to a variety of highly-sought after species, from the endemic Orange-necked Partridge and Germain's Peacock-Pheasant, to the endangered Green Peafowl and such near-endemics as Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pittas, Gray-faced Tit-Babbler, and the beautiful Siamese Fireback, among many others. After 3 full days exploring Cat Tien, we then head up in elevation to the cooler climes and montane coniferous forests of the Dalat Plateau, home of the endemic Dalat Shrike-Babbler. Other endemics found here include Vietnamese Greenfinch, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Orange-breasted & Collared Laughingthrushes, and Gray-crowned Crocias. Our tour finishes up in the far north of the country, at Cuc Phuong National Park, an area of limestone hills covered with primary rainforest. Here we will search for such specialties as Pied Falconet, Eared Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, and the breathtaking FUJIAN, just to name a few.
In addition to all the endemic and near-endemic bird targets on this tour, we can expect to find a colorful array of broadbills, hornbills, pittas, kingfishers, woodpeckers, mynas, and sunbirds, in addition to a diversity of primates, including the critically endangered Delacour's Langur, Black-shanked Douc Langur, Silvered Langur, and Buff-cheeked Gibbon. For cultural attractions, we will visit: Hoi An, a major trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries, known for its relaxed lifestyle, colorful market, and 400-year old Japanese covered bridge; Hue, the former imperial capital, where we will see the Imperial Citadel and the impressive, seven-tiered Thien Mu Pagoda; and My Son, a site of ruined Hindi temples and red brick towers nestled in a lush green valley, that was once the religious center and capital of the former Champa Kingdom.
Some of the birds we hope to see: Orange-necked Partridge, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Germain's Peacock-Pheasant, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, White-bellied, Great Slaty, Pale-headed, Black-and-buff & Heart-spotted Woodpeckers; Pied Falconet, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Blue, Rusty-naped, Blue-rumped & Bar-bellied, and Eared Pittas; Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Dalat Shrike-Babbler, White-winged Magpie, Slender-billed Oriole, Gray-faced Tit-Babbler, Black-throated Tit, Limestone Leaf Warbler, Annam Limestone Babbler, Black-headed Parrotbill, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Gray-crowned Crocias, Vietnamese Cutia, White-cheeked, Black-hooded, Orange-breasted and Collared Laughingthrushes, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Hume's Treecreeper, White-tailed Flycatcher, Fujian Niltava, Vietnamese Greenfinch, and many, many more.
Mammals: Leopard Cat, Lesser Mousedeer, Gaur, Black-shanked Douc Langur, Silvered Langur, Delacour's Langur, and Buff-cheeked Gibbon, among others