If you are not looking for a full-on birding tour or are travelling with a non-birding partner or friends we will create a personalised tour for you combining the best of Vietnam’s birding with the best of its culture including historical sites, river cruises, ethnic minorities, cuisine, beaches, mountain retreats, spa resorts, cycling, in fact whatever you want
21 Days: Ho Chi Minh City ♦ Mekong Delta ♦ Cat Tien National Park ♦ Dalat Endemic Region of Bird ♦ Hoi An Ancient City ♦ Hue Citeldal ♦ Cuc Phuong National Park ♦ Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve Halong Bay ♦ Hanoi
Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Pick up at Tan Son Nhat International Airport , Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Overnight at Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2 : Mekong Delta Floating Market
Head to the Mekong River on this full-day excursion to experience the trading culture of the people who live by the river and make their living from it. See local production activities and the busy and noisy Cai Be floating market and enjoy a tasty lunch.
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City to Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park contains the largest remaining area of lowland tropical forest in southern Vietnam and an incredible diversity of birds and mammals. Endangered birds found at Cat Tien include Germain’s Peacock-pheasant, Green Peafowl and the elusive Orange-necked Partridge while the mammal list includes Leopard Cat, Lesser Mousedeer, Gaur and three beautiful primates, Blackshanked Douc Langur, Silvered Langur and Buff-cheeked Gibbon. Overnight at Cat Tien National Park.
Days 4 & 5: Bird watching at Cat Tien National Park
There are excellent trails starting right at thepark headquarters and for areas further afield such as Crocodile Lake jeeps are used. The 5 km walkthrough semi-evergreen forest to Crocodile Lake can be good for the near-endemic Germain’sPeacock-pheasant and Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied pittas while the beautiful Siamese Fireback can often be seen on an early morning drive to the start of the Crocodile Lake trail. Among the many other avian treats to be found at Cat Tien are Scaly-breasted Partridge, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, a dozen species of woodpecker, three species of broadbill and the Indochinese-endemic Grey-faced Tit-Babbler.
Day 6 : Cat Tien National Park to Dalat – Overnight at Da Lat City
The endemic rich region of Da Lat, which boasts must-see birds like Grey-crowned Crocias, Vietnamese Cutia, Collared Laughingthrush, Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Vietnamese Greenfinch and the recently split Dalat Shrike-babbler.
Ta Nung Valley, a small but bird-filled area of remnant evergreen forest 10 km from Dalat. This is the most accessible site for two rare Vietnamese endemics, Grey-crowned Crocias and Orange-breasted Laughingthrush. In addition to these two beauties, the very distinct local subspecies of Blue-winged Siva, Black-headed Sibia and Black-throated Sunbird can found here.
Days 7,8: Dalat – Overnight at Da Lat
Ho Tuyen Lam, a man-made lake just out of town, is a great place to look for some of the local pine specialists such as Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Slender-billed Oriole,Burmese Shrike, Red Crossbill and Vietnamese Greenfinch
Mount Lang Bian, a 2,169 m high peak 20 minutes from Dalat, Hume’s Treecreeper, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Grey-crowned Tit, Vietnamese Cutia and Black-crowned Fulvetta , Wintering Mugimaki Flycatcher can be found in the remaining evergreen forest below the summit. The most sought-after species here however is the beautiful and skulking endemic Collared Laughingthrush.
Day 9 – Bidoup National Park , Overnight at Da Lat
Visit Giang Ly trail inside Bidoup national park to see Indochinese Fulvetta, Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Spotted Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, Plumbeous Redsart
Day 10: Dalat to Hoi An via Da Nang – Overnight in Hoi An
Ancient and peaceful, Hoi An is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam that caters to travellers of all tastes and across the continents. In 1999, UNESCO formally recognizes Hoi An as a World Heritage Site. There are the things that make up the reputation. Hoi An is home to many temples, pagodas and the ancient homes that bear its very unique mark. The density of such sites is unlike any other in Vietnam. In the afternoon take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, aChinese communal hall and the colourful market.
Day 11: Hoi An
Short countryside cycling tour through the rice field, river mouth, fishing village, shrimp pond, lotus dam. On the cycling route, you can stop some where for Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Masked Laughingthrush, Grey Heron, White-browed Crake, Black-winged Stilt
Then stopping at vegetable village for cooking class ,making Vietnamese food and relaxing at beautiful beach named An Bang.
Day 12: Visit My Son Holly Land and to Bach Ma national park –Overnight at Bach Ma national park
A half-day trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40 km south-west of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the seventh and thirteenth centuries
Bach Ma is the best bird watching location in Central Vietnam. The park is at the biogeographical border between northern and southern Vietnam, combined with its variety of habitats, ranging from the coast to high mountains, means the park is rich in biodiversity. It is located in an area that is considered the centre of plant diversity in Vietnam. The main vegetation type is moist evergreen and mountain forest, as well as areas of scrub and grassland where human disturbance has been high.
Day 13: Bach Ma National Park – Overnight at Bach Ma
The mammals of the park are not well known, though historically important species such as the Asian elephant, white-cheeked gibbon and red-shanked douc langur lived here. Important bird species are protected, highlight species of Indochinese Wren-Babbler, Chestnut-collared Yuhina, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Sivver-eared Mesia, Sultan Tit, Long-tailed Broadbill, Siver-breasted Broadbill, Red-headed Trogon, particularly the Vietnamese endemics such as the Crested Argus, Annam Partridge and Edwards’s Pheasant.
Day 14 : Bach Ma National Park to Hue – Overnight at Hue City
After breakfast and morning bird watching in the park, we are going down to Hue .A morning cultural tour of Hue takes in the Imperial Citadel ( the UNESCO World Heritage) from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 and Thien Mu Pagoda with its seven-tiered tower. The afternoon is free to relax.
Day 15: Hue to Hanoi – Overnight at Hanoi
A morning at leisure in Hue before transferring to Hue Airport for the early afternoon flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi transfer to hotel
Day 16: Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park – Overnight at Cuc Phuong
About 2 hours from Hanoi to the first national park to be established in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong is an area of limestone hills covered in primary rainforest. The best birding is in the centre of the park where there are several excellent trails including the Loop Trail and the Valley Trail. The main road through the park can also be very productive especially for over-wintering thrushes early in the morning
Day 17: Birding at Cuc Phuong National Park
A full day birding at Cuc Phuong where specialities include Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Silver Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Red-vented Barbet, Brown Hornbill, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Pied Falconet, Malayan Night Heron, Bar-bellied Pitta, Eared Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Rachet-tailed Treepie, White-winged Magpie, White-tailed Flycatcher, Spotted Forktail, Limestone Wren Babbler, Rufous-throated Fulvetta and Black-browed Fulvetta
Day 18: Cuc Phuong National Park to Ha Long Bay via Van Long wetland Nature Reserve – At Ha Long Bay
Leave Cuc Phuong after breakfast for the journey to Ha Long Bay , stopping at Van Long Nature Reserve en route. Take a sampan through flooded rice fields to the dramatic limestone cliffs that are home to the largest population of one of Vietnam’s critically endangered primates, Delacour’s Langur.
Day 19: Luxury Cruise at Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the natural wonders of the world. At noon board the Bhaya, a luxurious oriental cruise boat. With comfortable air-conditioned cabins, a restaurant, bar and a sundeck this is the ultimate Halong Bay experience. After a sumptuous buffet lunch enjoy the wonderful natural scenery while relaxing on deck or exploring some of the spectacular caves on a shore excursion. Other options include kayaking, spa treatments and a cooking demonstration
Day 20 : Ha Long Bay to Ha Noi – Ha Noi
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Dong Xuan market, selling household goods and street food
City Tour in Ha Noi Capital and shoping
Day 21 Leaving Ha Noi from Noi Bai International Airport
Accommodation, local bird guide, private car with driver, meals, fresh water, entrance fee
Tour does not include
Drinks, other than water on activity days
All other services not listed in “Price Includes”
Travel insurance, personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips, etc)
What to bring
- Hat, flat shoues or sandals
- Waterproof jacket, pants, camera, sun repellent
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