Trip Reports

Central & South Vietnam 2008

(Birders: Søren Bøgelund, Erik Danielsen, Jørgen Jensen and Michael Mosebo Jensen (text and photos))

The itinerary of this trip was limited to cover sites in the central part of Vietnam due to the risk of cold, mist and rain in the north in February. We never regretted this decision as there was plenty of work to do on the sites we had chosen combined with tales of exactly that kind of weather from two Australians we met, who had just arrived from the north. We had some rain at Lo Xo Pass at Kon Tum, and on our way down Mount Lang Bian we got soaked, but otherwise it was decent if a bit hot at noon in Cat Tien. Birds were never very numerous outside the reserves or national parks. Though hunting is prohibited by law there is little doubt that birds are either eaten or put into cages on a grand scale.

Report detail

Neville Crowther, Scotland February 2007

(nevillecrowther@aol.com)

My wife and I accompanied by a couple of friends from Canada had a very successful birding trip to Vietnam in early 2007. We spent almost four weeks under Bao's supervision, travelling from Saigon northwards almost to the Chinese border. We stayed at all the major National parks and traveled by internal air flights and hired vehicles with local drivers. We found him to be a charming, intelligent and companiable leader with a excellent knowledge of natural history, particularly birds. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone needing his birding skills, local knowledge and organisational flair, which he needed to demonstrate in  full at the difficult time of  the Tet New Year festivities when much of the country had 'closed down'. At all times he was flexible in his itinerary to make the most of unexpected opportunities and had close contacts with local bird experts who accompanied us on several occasions.


David Richardson, Gig Harbor, Washington - March, 2006

(wohlheter2@aol.com)

I just completed a marvelous birding adventure in Southern Vietnam, in the Tan Phu Forest and at Cat Tien National Park. My guide was Nguyen Hoai Bao, of Vietnam Wildtour Company. Bao teaches at the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, but finds time to guide many people on birding tours of Vietnam. He was an excellent guide and a lot of fun to be with.