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BIRD WATCHING IN VIETNAM (19DAYS/18NIGHTS)

  • 19days/18nights
  • Ho Chi Minh city - Nam Cat Tien National Park- Dalat highland – Hanoi – Tam Dao - Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi
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  • Day 1: Hochiminh city - Arrival  (D)
    Day 1: Hochiminh city - Arrival (D)

    Meals: Dinner at local restaurant

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

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

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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.

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    + Cat Tiên National Park is a national park located in the south of Vietnam, approximately 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It has an area of about 720 km2 and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical forests left in Vietnam.

  • Day 3: Cat Tien National Park (B)
    Day 3: Cat Tien National Park (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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)
    Day 4: Cat Tien National Park (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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 National Park - Da Lat (B)
    Day 5: Cat Tien National Park - Da Lat (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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.

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    + Da Lat (Đà Lạt), located in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam, was originally the playground of the French who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast and of what was then called Saigon (now) officially known as Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Day 6: Dalat Tour (B)
    Day 6: Dalat Tour (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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.

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    + Lang Biang Mountain: Located about 12km from Dalat center to the north in Lac Duong District, Lang Biang Mountain majestically appears as a miraculous evidence of the nature. Thanks to the height of 2169 m above sea level, Lang Biang Mountain is ranked as a national-level landscape. It has long been considered a symbol of Dalat city. Lang Biang Mountain hides itself the legend of a passionate love beyond the feudal rites. It is also referred as the "roof" of Lam Vien Plateau, the roof of Dalat, which is an ideal place for tourists to enjoy the feeling that can be found nowhere. It is a rendezvous of the large number of tourists who would like to longingly conquer, explore the unexpected and fulfill their adventure. Discovering Lang Biang Mountain is one of the most wonderful things to do in Dalat.

  • Day 7: Dalat tour (B)
    Day 7: Dalat tour (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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.

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    + Tuyen Lam lake (Paradise Lake), 6km to the South of Dalat, has the water surface of 350 ha. It was created by Tia stream – head water of Da Tam river. Nobody knows when and why it was called Tuyen Lam, but maybe because of the grandiose nature around it – stream and forest were close to each other. Tuyen stand for stream, Lam stands for forest. Tuyen Lam is a place for water and tree meeting each other.

  • Day 8: Dalat tour (B)
    Day 8: Dalat tour (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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.

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    Ta Nung Valley: The forested slopes of this valley are probably the easiest place to see the crocias. It is about 8 KM from Dalat. If you take the road towards the old airport you will readily see some signposts to 'Ta Nung'. After passing the airport (which is hardly visible) there is an obvious Y junction where you should take the first road towards Ta Nung. Between the KM 5 and KM 6 marker you'll see the first jeep track to the left while It is signposted 'Di Nong Trai'. Walk this track down and pass some a gate and shack until you reach the valley after about 1 Km. The people hanging around did not bother us, although we noticed several snares and traps in the forest. We reached it easily by motortaxi from Dalat (15 min) and made arrangements to be picked up again later in the evening. Nights spent in one of the numerous hotels in Dalat.

    On both our morning visits we invariably encountered a huge mixed feeding flock in the large trees in the open area just before the valley itself. There are several smaller trails which all can only be followed for a few hundred meters. Birding was good on all visits.

  • Day 9: Dalat - Hochiminh (B)
    Day 9: Dalat - Hochiminh (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle

    Activities for today: 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. 

  • Day 10: Hochiminh - Hue - Bach Ma National Park (B) by flight
    Day 10: Hochiminh - Hue - Bach Ma National Park (B) by flight

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle and Vietnam airline

    Activities for today: 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.

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    + Bach Ma National Park is a 22,000-hectare national park. Bach Ma is also the name given to the highest 1450m mountain in the park. Bach Ma mountain is ony 18 km away from the coast. Within the park are ecotourist, forestry and science departments. There is also a community centre for the local communities who live in the park.

  • Day 11: Bach Ma National Park (B)
    Day 11: Bach Ma National Park (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: 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 - Hue - Hanoi - Tam Dao (B) by flight
    Day 12: Bach Ma - Hue - Hanoi - Tam Dao (B) by flight

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle and Vietnam airline

    Activities for today: 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. Overnight in Tam Dao.

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    + Tam Dao was founded by French colonialists in 1907 as a summer retreat from the heat of Hanoi. Today, Tam Dao is a popular summer resort for Hanoi residents & tourists thanks to its temperate climate.However during weekends, the hill station is very crowded & room prices double in the many hotels in town,so try to come only on weekdays & avoid public holidays.

  • Day 13: Tam Dao Tour  (B)
    Day 13: Tam Dao Tour (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: 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 14: Tam Dao Tour (B)
    Day 14: Tam Dao Tour (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: 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 15: Tam Dao - Cuc Phuong National Park (B)
    Day 15: Tam Dao - Cuc Phuong National Park (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: After brakfast, we have free time in Tam Dao, then we will transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park. Overnight in Cuc Phuong.

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    + Cuc Phuong National Park is in Ninh Binh Province of Vietnam. Cuc Phuong National Park is Vietnam’s largest national park and one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the country. It is homes to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The park can be visited from Hanoi as a day trip or visitors can stay at the park’s lodging for a longer stay. Visiting the park is a terrific opportunity to get a close look at Vietnam’s nature and fees generated from tourism help protect the parks wildlife and improve the local economy. The best time of the year to visit the park is during the dry season, from November to February.

  • Day 16: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)
    Day 16: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: 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 17: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)
    Day 17: Cuc Phuong National Park (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at guest house

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: 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 18: Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi (B)
    Day 18: Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: at hotel

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: A final morning of birding before meeting up with the driver and heading back to Hanoi. In the afternoon we will be Hanoi. Free and easy. Overnight in Hanoi.

  • Day 19: Hanoi – Departure (B)
    Day 19: Hanoi – Departure (B)

    Meals: Breakfast at hotel

    Accommodations: N/A

    Transfer: Private vehicle 

    Activities for today: 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.

Rates vary frequently depending on group size, travel time, accommodation level, transportation and special touring requirements! Please contact us at info@handetour.com to get the best possible price.

Rates vary frequently depending on group size, travel time, accommodation level, transportation and special touring requirements! Please contact us at info@handetour.com to get the best possible price.

Inclusion
  • 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)
  • 02 Domestic flight tickets within Vietnam ( Saigon – Hue –Hanoi by Vietnam airline)
  • Airport tax 
  • All entrance fees
  • Daily bottle of mineral water.
  • All activities mentioned
  • All service charge and government tax
Exclusion
  • Insurance (Highly recommend to take your own insurance before your departure)
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • TIPs
  • Visa fee in/out Vietnam
  • International flight ticket in/out Vietnam
  • Early check in and late checkout at hotels
  • Single room

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