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Bird Watching In Vietnam

Tour code: BIR-02

Duration: 19 days/ 18 nights

Route: Hochiminh - Cat Tien - Hue - Bach Ma - Hanoi - Tam Dao - Cuc Phuong - Hanoi

Prices: 1213 $

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Hochiminh city - Arrival  (D)

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer for hotel check - in. The rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 2: Hochiminh city - Nam Cat Tien National Park (B)

Drive to Cat Tien National Park, 170km from Ho Chi Minh City in Dong Nai Province. Once off Highway One, the road passes through large areas of rubber plantations before branching off to the national park. Check in to park guest house on arrival and the driver and car return to Ho Chi Minh City. An incredible diversity of birds and mammals live in the forest and wetland habitats of Cat Tien, including an estimated 230 species of birds. Endangered birds that can be found here include Germains Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl and the very elusive Orange-necked Partridge. Mammals that can sometimes be seen include wild boar, Samba Deer, the rare Black-shanked Duoc Langur, Yellow-cheeked and Crested Gibbon. The afternoon is free for birding along the road or trails. Overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park

Day 3: Cat Tien National park (B)

A full day of birding along the road and forest trails of Cat Tien. A jeep can be hired at the park headquarters to visit areas further afield such as Bird Lake to look for visiting waders or Crocodile Lake where Green Peafowl, Lesser Adjutant and Purple Heron may be seen. During the walk through the forest to Crocodile Lake look out for Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta, Red and Black and Banded Broadbill and Orange-breasted Trogon amongst others. Overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park

Day 4: Cat Tien National park (B)

Another full day to enjoy the rich bird life of Cat Tien. Species to look out for include Woolly-necked Stork, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker and Heart-spotted Woodpecker. Overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park

Day 5: Cat Tien - Da lat (B)

A final morning of birding along the trails or perhaps the headquarters road where Green-eared, Blue-eared, Lineated, and if you are lucky, Red-vented Barbet, can often be seen perched high up in the roadside trees. Check out of the park guest house and meet up with the driver before leaving for the 150km drive to Da Lat. It is a scenic drive through tea and coffee plantations to the cooler climes of the former colonial hill station. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Da Lat. The driver and car are available for transferring to birding sites around Da Lat over the next three days. Overnight in Dalat

Day 6: Dalat (B)

A full day of birding at Mount Lang Bian where the evergreen forests are home to many interesting species including some endemics. Key species to be found at Mount Lang Bian include Silver Pheasant, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Eurasian Jay, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Cutia and Red Crossbill. This is also the place to see two of Vietnam’s sought after endemics, the Collared Laughingthrush and the Vietnamese Greenfinch. Mount Lang Bian is best avoided at weekends and holidays when it is a very popular destination for local tourists. Overnight in Dalat

Day 7: Dalat (B)

Tuyen Lam Lake, only 3km from the centre of town, is Da Lat’s other hotspot for birders. Take a boat to far side of the lake where a track leads through the pines to areas of remnant tropical evergreen forest. The rare and endemic Grey-crowned Crocias was re-discovered here a few years ago after not being seen for nearly 60 years. Other interesting species possible here include Slender-billed Oriole, Maroon Oriole, Rufous-backed Sibia, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrush. Overnight in Dalat

Day 8: Dalat (B)

The Ta Nung Valley, around 15km from Da Lat, holds a few pockets of remnant evergreen forest where many of the Da Lat specialities can still be found including Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughiingthrush, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Blue-winged Minla and Black-throated Sunbird. Overnight in Dalat

Day 9: Dalat - Hochiminh (B)

Transfer by road the 300km back to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City

Day 10: Hochiminh - Hue - Bach Ma National park (B)

An early transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Hue in central Vietnam. On arrival at Hue Airport follows the coast for 45km south down Highway One before turning inland on the road that leads to Bach Ma National Park, 20km away. On arrival the driver and car return to Hue and transfer by park vehicle to the summit guest house. The road from the park entrance to the park guesthouse near the summit is very scenic with sweeping vistas of undisturbed rainforest and the coastal plain. The park accommodation is in renovated colonial villas and the ruins of once grand holiday homes and hotels are scattered along the trails from this point up to the summit. There are many good trails for birders and for non-birders alike with several waterfalls and small lakes. Overnight at Bach Ma National Park

Day 11: Bach Ma National park (B)

Bach Ma National Park is a very well-run operation and knowledgeable park guides can be hired if required. Over 330 species of bird have been recorded at Bach Ma and specialities include the Annam Partridge, Crested Argus, Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Ratchet-tailed Treepie and Sultan Tit. Overnight at Bach Ma National Park

Day 12: Bach Ma National park (B)

Another full day to explore the trails of Bach Ma. Other desirable species include Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta, Red-collared Woodpecker and White-winged Magpie. Overnight at Bach Ma National Park

Day 13: Bach Ma - Hue - Hanoi - Tam Dao (B)

There is time for some early morning birding before meeting up with the driver and transferring to Hue Airport for the lunchtime flight to Hanoi. On arrival in Hanoi transfer directly to Tam Dao, a hill station an hour and a half by road from the airport. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Tam Dao. The driver and car return to Hanoi. Overnight in Tam Dao

Day 14: Tam Dao (B)

There are several good trails in the hills above the town, the Water Tank Trail and the Radio Transmitter Trail in particular are normally quite productive. Species to look out for here include the Grey Laughingthrush, Chestnut Bulbul, Black-chinned Yuhina and Fork-tailed Sunbird. Overnight in Tam Dao

Day 15: Tam Dao - Cuc Phuong National park (B)

Another full day to explore the forest above Tam Dao. Winter visitors that are possible here include Black-breasted Thrush, Japanese Thrush and Fujian Niltava. Overnight in Tam Dao

Day 16: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)

Time for some early morning birding before meeting up with the driver and transferring by road to Hanoi and continuing on to Cuc Phuong National Park, three hours south of the capital. The driver and car return to Hanoi. Overnight at Cuc Phuong National Park

Day 17: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)

The first national park to be established in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong is an area of limestone hills covered with large tracts of primeval rainforest. Key bird species here include Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Bar-bellied, Blue-rumped and Eared Pitta, White-winged Magpie, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Fujian Niltava and Pied Falconet. Overnight at Cuc Phuong National Park

Day 18: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)

A full day’s birding on the trails of Cuc Phuong. The birding is good at Cuc Phuong with over 300 species recorded in the park. endangered mammals such as Indochinese Tiger, Clouded Leopard and the rare Delacour Langur also inhabit the forests of Cuc Phuong though they are seldom seen. Other possible bird species include Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Ruddy Kingfisher, Silver-breasted Broadbill and White-tailed Flycatcher.
Overnight at Cuc Phuong National Park

Day 19: Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi - Departure (B)

A final morning of birding before meeting up with the driver and heading back to Hanoi in the afternoon and transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight.

Tour Price
Group 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-9 pax 10-15 pax 16 pax up Single supplement
Standard 4688 2534 1903 1575 1362 1213 527
Superior 4850 2615 1984 1656 1443 1323 608
Deluxe 5100 2740 2109 1781 1568 1444 733
Premium 6186 3283 2652 2324 2111 1967 1276

Price Notes:

+ The prices are in USD per person

+ The prices will be higher on public holidays

+ The prices will be better for group of 16pax onwards

+ The prices will be better during summer period (05 May to 30 Sep)




City/ Hotels

Standard (3star)

Superior (3 star+)


Moon View hotel/ Superior room

Medallion hotel/ Superior room


Quoc Hoa hotel/ Superior room

Ninh Binh

Yen Nhi hotel/ Superior room

Yen Nhi hotel/ Superior room


Asian Halong hotel/ ROH room

Saigon Halong hotel/ Superior room

Halong boat

Huong Hai Halong Junk/ Deluxe cabin

Halong Sails/ Deluxe cabin


Royal view hotel/ Deluxe room

Bamboo hotel/ Standard room

Sapa train

Ratraco train

Ratraco train

Quang binh

Nhat Le hotel

Saigon Quang Binh hotel/ Superior room


Heritage hotel/ ROH room

Huong Giang hotel/ Deluxe room

Hoi An

Indochine hotel/ Superior room

Hoian trail resort/ Superior room

Nha Trang

Green Hotel Nhatrangl/Superior room

Nha Trang Lodge/ Deluxe room

Phan Thiet

Dynasty resort/ ROH room

Ocean star resort/ Superior room


Hoang Anh Dat Xanh Dalat Resort/ Superior room

Ngoc Lan hotel/ Superior room

Ho Chi Minh

Sabah Saigon Hotel/ Deluxe room


Elios hotel/ Superior room


Lavender hotel/ ROH room

Can Tho

Ninh Kieu hotel/ Standard room

Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel/ Superior room

Phu Quoc

Thien Hai Son Resort/ Mountain view

Sasco blue resort/ Standard room

City/ Hotels

Deluxe (4,5 star)

Premium (5 star)


Flower garden hotel/ Deluxe room


Lan Vien Hotel/ Superior room

Sofitel plaza hotel/ Luxury room


Sheraton hotel/ Deluxe room

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh Legend  Hotel/ Superior room

Ninh Binh Legend  Hotel/ Superior room


Halong Plaza hotel/ Superior room

Novotel hotel/ Standard room

Halong boat

Indochina sails/ Superior room

Paradise Luxury Cruise/ Deluxe cabin


Chau Long hotel/ Superior room

Victoria resort/ Superior room

Sapa train

Ratraco train

Victoria train

Quang Binh

Muong Thanh Quang Binh Hotel/ Superior room

Sun Spa resort/ Superior garden view room


Saigon Morin hotel/ Colonial Deluxe

Celadon hotel/ Palace deluxe room

Hoi An

Hoian beach resort/ Deluxe Garden view room

Golden sand resort/ Superior garden view room

Nha  Trang

Yasaka hotel/ Deluxe room

Sunrise hotel/ Superior room

Phan Thiet

Sea Horse resort/ Deluxe garden view

Victoria resort/ Garden view bungalow


Novotel hotel/ Standard room

Sofitel palace hotel/ Superior room

Ho Chi Minh

Grand hotel/ Superior room


Liberty Centre hotel/ Deluxe room

Renaissance hotel/ Deluxe city view


Majestic hotel/ Colonial City Deluxe

Can Tho

Golf Cantho/ Superior city view room

Victoria Cantho hotel/ Superior room

Phu Quoc

Saigon Phuquoc resort/ Panorama room

Grand Marcure La Veranda resort/ Deluxe room

Inclusion & Exclusion
Tour Included
  • Private car
  • English speaking tour guide at each destination and local guide each the National Parks
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast (Check in at 14:00, check out at 12:00)
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Domestic flight tickets within Vietnam (Saigon – Hue - Hanoi by Vietnam airline)
  • Airport tax included
  • All entrance fees
  • Daily bottle of mineral water.
  • All activities mentioned
  • All service charge and government tax
Tour Excluded
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drink
  • Tip
  • International flight
  • Others not mentioned
  • Single room
  • Visa fee
  • Early check in and late check out at hotels
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