Endemic Laughingthrushes Tour

Long birding tours
South Annam & Central Annam
10 days
Best available
2000 $US

Main targets of Laughingthrushes, bold are 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 LaughingthrushTrochalopteron ngoclinhense

9. Collared Laughingthrush - Trochalopteron yersini

10. Red-tailed Laughingthrush - Trochalopteron milnei


Day 1 (Thursday, November 12, 2015): HCMC – Di Linh

The tour will be commencing by a relative long driving from Ho Chi Minh city to Di Linh. Our first afternoon birding is to find Orange-breasted Laughingthrush at Deo Nui San. If we have it successful then we will continue drive to Da Lat, otherwise stay at Di Linh town.

Orange-breasted Laughingthrush

Other birds by chance: 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

Collared Laughingthrus

Collared Laughingthrush

Other birds by chance: Indochinese (Yellow-breasted) Greenmagpie, 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 – BMT

After getting Collared Laughingthrus, we will drive long to Ban Me Thuot, stop en route at Dam Rong for those who need Grey-cronwed Crocias

Grey-cronwed Crocias

Overnight at Daruco hotel

Day 4 (Sunday, November 15, 15): BMT – Mang Den

Today is another long driving but we will reach Mang Den for afternoon birding. Our target is least known Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush.

Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush

Other birds by chance: Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Green Cochoa, Indochinese Wren Babbler, White-winged Magpie, 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 finalise what you need.

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 mt, here we will look for a beautiful Red-tailed Laughingthrush

Red-tailed Laughingthrush

Overnight at Tumorong town

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

Our big day, we will try for Golden-winged Laughingthrush at Mang Ri forest near Ngoc Linh mt. 

Golden-winged Laughingthrush

Other birds by chance: Black-crowned Barwing, Indochinese Fuvetta

Black-crowned Barwing

Overnight at Tumorong town or Kham Duc town

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

This day is mainly travelling although we will stop many spots on Ho Chi Minh trail. The road cross western part of Bach Ma national park, who know what we can see there, a legend of Vietnamese Pheasant? and get our target Black-throated Laughingthrush 

Overnight at Lao Bao

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

A pass on the way Khe Sanh to Phong Nha at the border of two provinces Quang Tri and Quang Binh is the best spot found recently 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 by chance: 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

An easy birding in the morning, have fun and see whatever we see to enjoy our last day, visit wonder Phong Nha-Ke Bang cave then drive to Dong Hoi airport. From here, you can do your extension to the north by fly to Ha Noi or south by fly to Ho Chi Minh city.

Price is fully included: $2000/person

 - Accommodation base on sharing 2 person/room, hotels are listed in itinerary

- All meals and drinking water mentioned

- Transportation by minibus/private car

- Entrance tickets to all sites

- Local transfer by boat, jeep, truck…

Price is NOT including international airfare, personal items and optional tipping to driver and guides

Possible extension

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

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

- Cambodia (1 week)

- Southern birding to Cat Tien national park and Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Mekong delta