THAILAND – The North & West

26th January – 12th February 2018

 

Tour cost excluding flights

The prices for this trip are based on single occupancy. Prices for two people sharing are given in brackets. With more than six participants the costs increase due to hiring a second vehicle and driver so this trip will be limited to a maximum of six.

4 participants - £2,194 per person (£2,094 per person sharing)

5 participants - £1,990 per person (£1,890 per person sharing)

6 participants - £1,854 per person (£1,754 per person sharing)

As this trip has to be paid for in Thai Bhat the final amount may vary a little from the prices given above, which were calculated at an exchange rate of £1 = 42 Bhat

Direct international flights from London Heathrow to Bangkok with Thai Airways are about £590 return. (There are cheaper flights but these involve a stopover somewhere). This trip starts in Cheng Rai and ends in Bangkok so it involves taking an internal flight at a cost of about £60.

There are three people booked on this trip. It needs one more to run, though three more would bring the price down further. The price given in the comparisons below is for a trip with six participants.

 

Price Comparisons – prices are given for single occupancy, with prices for two people sharing in brackets

Altiplano                     18 days            £2,504             (£2,404 per person sharing)                 £139 per day

Naturetrek                   10 days            £3,045             (£2,695 per person sharing)                 £304 per day

Birdfinders                  17 days            £3,790             (£3,495 per person sharing)                 £223 per day

Birdquest                    17 days            £4,760             (£4,280 per person sharing)                 £280 per day

Rockjumpers               18 days            £4,695             (£4,192 per person sharing)                 £260 per day

 

 

This long tour, running to 19 days with travelling time gives 18 days birdwatching at the best sites in north and west Thailand and includes three boat trips. The itinerary is as follows;

 

Day 1 – 25th January

Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Bangkok, arriving in the early morning.

 

Day 2 – 26th January

Arrive Bangkok and catch internal flight to Cheng Rai

We shall be picked up by our guide and driver at Chiang Rai airport and shall go to begin our birding at Chiang Saen, some of it from a boat, in this area of lakes, marshes and the Mekong River. This is the best place in Thailand for ducks.

Overnight Chiang Saen

 

Day 3 – 27th January

We shall spend the morning birding the wetlands of Chiang Saen before moving on to Fang where we shall bird the Thaton paddy fields

Overnight Fang

 

Day 4 & 5 – 28th & 29th January

From our base in Fang we shall head to Doi Lang, a mountain on the northern border with Myanmar which offers the best birding in  north Thailand

Overnights Fang

 

Day 6 – 30th January

We shall begin the day birding Fang hot springs before heading off to Doi Ang Khang, another northern mountain where we shall visit the stake-outs at the mountain top resort. In the afternoon we shall head on to

Doi Ang Khang where we shall spend the night.

 

Day 7 – 31st January

The morning will be spent birding Doi Ang Khang and in the afternoon we make our way to Doi Chiang Dao to continue birding. We shall spend the night here.

 

Day 8 – 1st February

We shall do a bit o early morning birding at Doi Chiang Dao before transferring to Doi Inthanon; this is the highest mountain in Thailand and offers the widest select of habitats in the area.

Overnight Doi Inthanon

 

Day 9 – 2nd February

Morning birding at Doi Inthanon before transferring to Li to bird the Mae Ping area of mature dipterocarp forest which is very good for large woodpeckers.

Overnight Li

 

Days 10 – 12 – 3rd – 5th February

Early morning birding at Mae Ping before we transfer to Mae Wong, our base for the next three nights.

Situated in the mountains to west of central Thailand this park has a curious mixture of birds from Kaeng Krachan NP half a day's drive to the south and Doi Inthanon half a day's drive to the North. It is also home to some Burmese birds not seen elsewhere in Thailand. Excellent for both photography and general birding.

Three nights Mae Wong – outside the National Park

 

Day 13 – 6th February

After breakfast we head straight off to Bueng Boraphet, a huge lake in Nakhon Sawan province in central Thailand.

Overnight Bueng Boraphet

 

Days 14 – 16 – 7th – 9th February

We shall spend the greater part of the Day 14 birding Bueng Boraphet before transferring to Laem Pak Bia where we shall do our second boat trip of this tour.

Laem Pak Bia is the world famous shorebird site where Spoon-billed Sandpiper is still a regular annual visitor. We shall spend Days 15 and 16 birding this area with another boat trip on Day 15.

Laem Pak Bia for three nights

 

Days 17 & 18 – 10th & 11th February

Setting of after breakfast we shall bird the area of Wat Khao Luk Chang before heading on to Kaeng Krachan, our base for the final two nights of our trip.

Due to its location at the meeting point of two biogeographical areas and its range of altitudes Kaeng Krachan is host to more birds than any other park in Thailand. Outside the park there are also a few permanent hides which are excellent for photography

Kaeng Krachan for two nights

 

Day 19 – 12th February

We’ll do some final birding at Kaeng Krachan before transferring to Bangkok Airport for our return flight to London.