Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park

Vietnam Birding 15 Days

Birding Vietnam is a 15-day bird-watching tour through the most popular birding spots in Vietnam in the South, the Central Highlands, the Central Region and the North.

The best time to do the trip is from January through April. Accommodations in Saigon, Da Lat and Hanoi are at 3* hotels, at the national parks, only basic accommodations are available. 

Saigon - Nam Cat Tien National Park - Da Lat - Bach Ma National Park - Cuc Phuong National Park - Halong Bay

Apart from bird-watching spots, we have included a luxury cruise on Halong Bay on a traditional wooden junk with overnight stay on board at the end of your trip. If you wish to visit more destinations or have more activities on the tour, please discuss with our travel specialist before booking.The Crocodile Lake at Cat Tien National Park

On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, you are welcomed by our staff. Your first night is in Saigon.

On the second day, have 3-hour road transfer to Cat Tien National Park. The park is extremely rich in biodiversity with over 351 species of birds. The habitats of Cat Tien include evergreen and semi-evergreen lowland forests, grasslands, wetlands. Endangered birds to be found here include White-winged Duck, White-shouldered Ibis, Germains Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl and the very elusive Orange-necked Partridge. The afternoon is for birdwatching along the path near the park headquarters.

The third day is for birding at the Bird Lake in Cat Tien. Species to look for today include Green Peafowl, Germain's Peacock-Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-bellied Pitta, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Green Imperial Pigeon and Mountain Hawk-Eagle.A birding trail at Nam Cat Tien National Park

The fourth day is for the Crocodile Lake in Cat Tien. Species to expect include bronze-winged Jacana, Lesser Adjutant and Purple Heron, Red, Black and Banded Broadbill, Orange-breasted Trogon and Pale-headed Woodpecker.

The fifth day is for birding along the trail near the park headquarters in the morning and road trip to Da Lat in the afternoon.

The sixth day is for birding at Mount Lang Biang outside of the city.  The main species to be found today include Silver Pheasant, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Rufous-capped Babbler, Yellow-billed Nuthatch and Mugimaki Flycatcher. This is also the place to see two of Vietnam's endemics, the Collared Laughingthrush and the Vietnamese Greenfinch.

The seventh day is another full day bird-watching at the Tuyen Lam Lake.  The species to expect today include: Grey-crowned Crocias, Red-vented Barbet, Spotted Forktail, Cutia, Black-hooded, White-cheeked and Collared Laughingthrush.Mount Lang Biang

The eighth day is for flight to Da Nang and road transfer to Bach Ma National Park in the Central Region of Vietnam.

The ninth day is for a birding tour of Bach Ma. Over 330 species of bird have been recorded at the  park which include the endemic Annam Partridge, the Crested Argus, Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, Blyth's Kingfisher and the Ratchet-tailed Treepie.

The tenth day is the flight to Hanoi and road transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park where there are still patches of primeval forests.

The eleventh day is for birding at Cuc Phuong. The key bird species here include Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Brown Hornbill, Bar-bellied, Blue-rumped and Eared Pitta, White-winged Magpie, Sultan Tit, Red-Vented Barbet, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Fujian Niltava and Pied Falconet.Tuyen Lam Lake

The twelfth and thirteenth days are for a luxury cruise on Halong Bay.

You have full day at leisure in Hanoi on the fourteenth day and your birding trip in Vietnam concludes on the fifteenth day when we see you off to the airport for your departure.

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1    Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (no meal)
Day2    Ho Chi Minh City - Nam Cat Tien (B/L/D)
Day3    Nam Cat Tien (B/L/D)
Day4    Nam Cat Tien (B/L/D)
Day5    Nam Cat Tien – Da Lat (B/L)
Day6    Da Lat (B/L)
Day7    Da Lat (B/L)
Day8    Da Lat – Da Nang (VN 1954: 0810-0930) - Bach Ma National Park (B/L/D) A forest trail at Cuc Phuong National ParkDay9    Bach Ma (B/L/D)
Day10    Bach Ma National Park – Da Nang – Hanoi (VN 1514: 1305-1415) - Cuc Phuong National Park (B/-/D)
Day11    Cuc Phuong (B/L/D)
Day12    Cuc Phuong – Halong Bay Junk Cruise (B/L/D)
Day13    Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)
Day14    Hanoi at leisure (B)
Day15    Depart Hanoi (B)

The tour price includes

  • English speaking guide as on the tour itinerary;
  • Transportation as on the itinerary;
  • Air tickets for Da Lat – Da Nang – Hanoi;
  • Accommodation as on the itinerary;
  • Admission and permits during the guided times;

The tour price excludes

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Drinks, laundry, phone bills or others not clearly mentioned as included;