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Northern & Central Thailand - Asian Birding at its Best I

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 12 people
Destination(s): Thailand  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: February - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4030 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4030 Euro (EUR)

Our Central & Northern Thailand birding tours cover the major birding sites of this fascinating land in our search for some very beautiful specialties. Setting out from the ostentatious capital of Bangkok, we will first explore the forested hillsides of Khao Yai National Park where we will be overwhelmed by a vast array of broadbills, hornbills, bulbuls, babblers and barbets. After scanning the mudflats near Samuth Sakhon for migrant waders (including one of the world’s most sought-after and endangered, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper), we will continue to Kaeng Krachan. This park offering unbroken rainforest scenery, supports one of the richest bird species lists in Southeast Asia. We will be kept enthralled sifting through an assortment of bee-eaters, pigeons, broadbills, laughingthrushes and leafbirds among many others. We will then fly north to Chang Mai where we explore the mountain forests of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s most famous birding site where a whole collection of uniquely Asian groups such as ioras, barwings, mesias, minlas, sibias, and niltavas will dazzle us with brilliant color and patterning. Hereafter we will bird through the mountains of Doi Angkhang on the border of Myanmar where we will continue finding representatives of unique groups including parrotbills, liocichlas, finchbills, bushchats and dazzling minivets. Other sites visited on our tour include Sab Sadou, Thaton and Doi Lang.

Our tour is designed to take advantage of the incredible influx of migrants from the north, and an amazing compilation of resident Asian bird species. We will target a host of localized and range restricted species that might include such gems as Siamese Fireback, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher, Silver-breasted and the huge Dusky Broadbill, the spectacular Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue and Eared Pitta, White-rumped Falcon, the stunning Black-headed and Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Green Cochoa, Black-throated and Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Red-faced Liocichla, Giant Nuthatch and unbelievable Green Peafowl.

Important Information

Tour Dates: 20 Feb - 09 Mar (18 days)
Tour Price: (Per Person) €4,030 * £3,350 * USD$5,375 * ZAR60,860
Single Supplement: €480 * £400 * USD$640 * ZAR7,250
Flights: (Approx cost) US$200
Spaces Available: 2 Spaces available on this guaranteed departure
Can be Linked With Southern Thailand Extension - Rainforest Birding I

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

Top Birds
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Green Peafowl, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher, Silver-breasted & Dusky Broadbill, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Blue & Eared Pitta, White-rumped Falcon, Black-headed & Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Green Cochoa, Black-throated and Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Red-faced Liocichla & Giant Nuthatch

20th February: Arrival in Bangkok
21st February: Bangkok to Kaeng Krachan via Samutsakhon and Petchburi
22nd & 23rd February: Kaeng Krachan National Park
24th February: Kaeng Krachan National Park to Sab Sadou
25th February: Sab Sadou to Khao Yai National Park
26th & 27th February: Khao Yai National Park
28th February: Khao Yai to Bangkok, flight to Chiang Mai
1st March: Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon via Huai Hong Khrai
2nd to 3rd March: Doi Inthanon National Park
4th March: Doi Inthanon to Fang
5th March: Fang to Doi Lang to Thaton
6th March: Doi Lang
7th March: Thaton to Doi Angkhang
8th March: Doi Angkhang
9th March: Doi Angkhang to Bangkok and departure

Both the main tour and the extension are limited to 12 participants with 1 leader and 1 local birding leader.

The fee for the Central and Northern Thailand tour is US$5,375 * £3,540 * €4,070 * ZAR52,400 per person sharing and for the Southern Thailand Extension is US$2,150 * £1,410 * €1,630 * ZAR21,000 per person sharing. (Please note: this does NOT include the internal flights as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$200 and +- US$250 for the main tour and the extension respectively. RBT can book these flights on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement costs for the Central and Northern tour and the Southern Thailand Extension are US$640 and US$200 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

This includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 18 for those on the main tour, and from dinner on day 18 of the main tour to lunch on day 7 for those on the Southern extension;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings as per itinerary;
•Ground transportation and boat trips mentioned in the itinerary;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Gratuities for local guides and services; and
•Guiding services of local guides and tour leader.

The tour fee does not include:
•ANY flights (see above);
•Airport transfers from Bangkok International Airport to your hotel on day 1;
•Any beverages;
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature; and
•Special gratuities.

a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 9 paying participants for the main tour and 6 paying participants for the extension) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader/s. If, therefore, you feel that he/they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
•Some of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover fair distances in order to get to the best areas for birds and animals. The more luggage you pack, the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg for check in luggage and 8kg for hand luggage.
•Leeches do occur in some of the reserves, encountering them really depends on how much recent rain there has been. If you do have leach socks, it might therefore be a good idea to bring them along; otherwise, tucking your long pants into your socks is usually sufficient to deter them from latching on.

The first day of the tour is an arrival day and you are free to arrive at any time on this day. The tour will conclude after lunch on day 18 in Bangkok. As there is an internal flight on this final day it is recommended that you book your international flight to depart no earlier that the early evening on this day. For those doing the Southern extension the tour ends in Bangkok after lunch on the final day of the extension. Once again, as there is an internal flight on this final day it is recommended that you book your international flight to depart no earlier that the early evening on this day. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

Bangkok is the main port of entry for international flights in Thailand and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flights for you.
NB: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour does not include flights.

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