North Vietnam (birding tour from Ha Noi)

Short birding tours
Cuc Phuong & Tam Dao
7 - days
500 - 1800 USD

Day 1 (B, L, D)

Pick up from hotel in Ha Noi or Noi Bai airport then drive to Cuc Phuong national park for about 3 hours (without traffic) and stop en route at Van Long Van Long Nature Reserve, 30km from Cuc Phong, we will take a sampan ride to some dramatic limestone cliffs that are one of the last haunts of the critically endangered Delacour’s Leaf-Monkey.

Overnight at Cuc Phuong HQ (3 nights)

Day 2 & 3 (B, L, D)

Our 2 full-day birding in the park to explore the Vietnam’s oldest National Park and an area of lowland forest and lakes easily accessed by a paved road. It is rich in birdlife and we have our last chances here for both Pittas, Red-collared Woodpecker and White-winged Magpie as well as a supporting cast which includes Malayan Night-Heron, Pied Falconet, Eared Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, White-tailed Flycatcher, Fujian Niltava and the annamensis form of Limestone Wren-Babbler.

Day 4 (B, L, D)

Our last morning in Cuc Phuong is looking for White-winged Magpie, Rachet-tailed Treepie if we missed before.

Afternoon, we will drive to Tam Dao hill for 2 nights.

Overnight at Gia Le hotel (3 nights)

Day 5 & 6 (B, L, D)

Our targets in Tam Dao are Blue-naped Pitta, Short-tailed Parrotbill and Grey Laughingthrus, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler but also many other sought-after species will be the best way to finalise our trip such Ashy Bulbul, Black-throated Laughingthrus, Chestnut Bulbul, Fujian Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Spot-necked Babbler, Chestnut-collared Yuhina (split from Striated), Greater Rufous-headed and Short-tailed Parrotbills, and Collared Treepie.

Day 7 (B, L)

This last morning will spend to finalise what we haven't got on the mountain or move a bit down low of the hill for some interest species like Fork-tailed Sunbird, Red-billed Magpie, Grey Treepie and some wintering thrushes.

Transfer to airport or Ha Noi to end of the trip


Group size 1 2 3 4 5 6-10
$US/pax 1,800 1,340 1,180 1,130 1,100 1,070

Single supplement: $180

Including: accommodation, bird guide, private car with driver, meals and entrance fee, jeeps. Providing birding spotting scope, bird book.