Endemic Laughingthrushes Tour

Category
Long birding tours
Destinations
South Annam & Central Annam
Duration
10 days
Hotel
Best available
Price
$2000

Main targets of Laughingthrushes, bold type indicates endemics or near-endemics

1. White-crested Laughingthrush - Garrulax leucolophus

2. Black-hooded Laughingthrush - Garrulax milleti

3. Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush - Garrulax castanotis

4. Orange-breasted Laughingthrush - Garrulax annamensis

5. Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush - Ianthocincla konkakinhensis

6. Black-throated Laughingthrush - Ianthocincla chinensis

7. White-cheeked Laughingthrush - Ianthocincla vassali

8. Golden-winged Laughingthrush - Trochalopteron ngoclinhense

9. Collared Laughingthrush - Trochalopteron yersini

10. Red-tailed Laughingthrush - Trochalopteron milnei

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Day 1 (Thursday, November 12, 2015): Ho Cni Minh City – Di Linh

The tour will begin a long but necessary morning drive from Ho Chi Minh city to Di Linh; the good news is that we will see a lot of pretty countryside while en route. The goal of our first afternoon of birding is to find Orange-breasted Laughingthrush at Deo Nui San. If we are successful. then we will continue our drive to Da Lat, otherwise we'll stay overnight in Di Linh town.
Orange-breasted Laughingthrush

Other birds we may see: Black-headed Parrotbill, Vietnamese Cutia, Green Cochoa, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrus, Red-vented and Indochina Barbets.

Day 2 (Friday, November 13, 2015): Di Linh – Da Lat

As mentioned above, we might return Deo Nui San, after that we drive to Giang Ly, a good forest locates in Bidoup Nui Ba National Park. Here we will seek out

Other birds we may see: Indochinese (Yellow-breasted) Green magpie, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Black-crowned and Indochinese Fulvettas, Black-headed Parrotbill, Vietnamese Cutia, Green Cochoa, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Indochina Barbet.

Overnight at Hoang Anh Dat Xanh Hotel

Day 3 (Saturday, November 14, 2015): Da Lat – Ban Me Thout

After seeing the Collared Laughingthrush, we will drive to Ban Me Thuot, stopping en route at Dam Rong for those who need Grey-cronwed Crocias. Again, the drive is a longer one, but the scenery is pretty.
Grey-cronwed Crocias

Overnight at Daruco Hotel

Day 4 (Sunday, November 15, 15): Ban Me Thout – Mang Den

Today begins with another long drive, but we will reach Mang Den for afternoon birding. Our target is the poorly-known Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush.

We may also see: Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Green Cochoa, Indochinese Wren Babbler, White-winged Magpie, and Austen’s Brown Hornbill.

Overnight at Hung Yen Hotel

Day 5 (Monday, November 16, 2015): Mang Den

We will have an extra-day in Mang Den to return Mang Canh forest and see any species we may have missed there.

Overnight at Hung Yen Hotel

Day 6 (Tuesday, November 17, 2015): Mang Den – Tumorong

A relative short drive to Tumorong district, then birding at Ngoc Lay Mountain; here we will look for the beautiful Red-tailed Laughingthrush

Overnight at Tumorong town

Day 7 (Wednesday, November 18, 2015): Tumorong

On this, our tour's big day, we will try for Golden-winged Laughingthrush at Mang Ri forest near Ngoc Linh Mountain. 
Golden-winged Laughingthrush

We may also see: Black-crowned Barwing and Indochinese Fuvetta

Overnight at Tumorong town or Kham Duc town

Day 8 (Thursday, November 19, 15) – Tumorong – Khe Sanh

This day will be spent mainly traveling, although we will stop for brief birding at many spots on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The road crosses the western part of Bach Ma National Park, and, who knows? we might see the legendary Vietnamese Pheasant and/or our target bird, the Black-throated Laughingthrush 

Overnight at Lao Bao

Day 9 (Friday, November 20, 2015): Khe Sanh – Shamu – Phong Nha

A mountain pass on the way from Khe Sanh to Phong Nha at the border of two provinces (Quang Tri and Quang Binh) is our new best spot for Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush. We will spend almost our full day to explore this area before heading to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Other birds we may chance to see: Red-collared Woodpecker, Limestone Warbler and Sooty Babbler

Overnight at Sai Gon – Phong Nha Hotel

Day 10 (Saturday, November 21, 2015): Phong Nha – tour ends

In easy birding this morning we will have fun and bird to enjoy our last day, visiting wonderful Phong Nha-Ke Bang Cave. Then we drive to Dong Hoi airport. From here, you can do your extension to the north by flyingy to Ha Noi, or south by flying to Ho Chi Minh city.

Price: $US 2000/person, maxium 8 participants plus tour leader, single supplemet is $US 350

Price is including:

- Accommodations base on sharing 2 persons/room, hotels are listed in itinerary

- All meals and drinking water

- Transportation by minibus/private car

- Entrance tickets to all sites

- Local transfer by boat, jeep, truck, as necessary

Price does NOT including domestics airfares, personal items and optional tipping to driver and guides

Possible extensions:

- Northern birding in Cuc Phuong, Tam Dao, Sa Pa and Ba Be (1 week)

- Laos birding in Nahin for Bare-faced Bulbul (3 days)

- Cambodia (1 week)

- Southern birding to Cat Tien National Park and Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the Mekong delta"