Thailand, often called the “Land of Smiles,” is a country of great natural beauty with important national parks and abundant birding. This Naturalist Journeys adventure lets you explore this friendly country with experts: visit salt farms and mudflats teeming with thousands of migratory shorebirds, misty montane forests alive with flocks of colorful species, and verdant lowland forests that ring with the calls of colorful broadbills and hornbills. Thailand is also a vital wintering ground for a wide variety of migrants from Siberia and China, many of which we can see on our February visit. There is no better introduction to birding in the eastern part of Asia.

Our tour focuses on two provinces in Thailand. Chiang Mai province in the north contains the southernmost foothills of the Himalayan region. The other province we visit is Petchaburi, just west of Bangkok. Shorebirds fill the saltpans along its coastline, offering some of the best shorebirding on Earth. The star here is the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Kaeng Krachan National Park in its interior is the largest and most biodiverse forested areas in the region.

Imagine a Great Hornbill, the size of a swan, glide overhead; a Blue Pitta, intricately patterned, appear like a jewel from a thicket; or a Black-and-yellow Broadbill, painted in pink, yellow, white and black, sitting motionless on a branch. These are some of the experiences we hope for at Kaeng Krachan. There is also a good chance for a few mammals: White-handed Gibbon, Lesser Mouse Deer and Dusky Langur with a chance, even, for the iconic Asian Elephant or Asiatic Leopard.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Doi Inthanon, birding forests of the tallest mountain in Thailand (over 8,000 feet) for colorful birds typical of the Himalayas such as Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Large Niltava, and Green-tailed Sunbird
  • Wander through a hill-tribe market in the northern mountains for artisanal crafts and other cultural items
  • Seek out jewel-like pittas in the undergrowth at Kaeng Krachan, birds so beautiful that they inspired a man’s obsession to see every one of these elusive avian gems
  • Marvel at the sheer number and diversity of shorebirds at Pak Thale, while learning about migration and conservation issues facing endangered species like Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank, and Chinese Egret
  • Enjoy Thailand’s world-famous cuisine, known for its enthusiastic use of fresh herbs and spices.

Trip Itinerary

Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary may occur to account for weather, road conditions, closures, etc. and to maximize your experience.

Tues., Feb. 18     Arrivals in Chiang Mai

Our tour officially starts today. Many flights route to Chiang Mai (CNX) through San Francisco and Seoul, Korea (ICN) but you may also look at other routings, including coming north from Bangkok. Our travel agent can be very helpful, and we pay her ticketing fee. Please let us know if you would like us to connect you with her.

Representatives from our local company meet you at the Chiang Mai International Airport for our transfer to our modern hotel in Chiang Mai, a bustling and traditional Thai city that was once the seat of the Lanna Kingdom. Known for its abundance of intricate and ornate temples and bustling markets, Chiang Mai is a fun place to explore should you choose to come in early.

This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner with an orientation as the excitement builds for the days ahead. Our hotel is near the old city, and its setting and hospitality set a great tone to start our tour.
Accommodations in Chiang Mai (D)

We recommend that you arrive a day or two early in Chiang Mai or Bangkok to adjust before starting the tour. There are regular and inexpensive direct flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Wed., Feb. 19       Mueng Sam Ma Lotus Swamp & Doi Lang West

After a delicious early morning breakfast (6am) at the Amora Hotel, we drive a short distance to Mueng Sam Ma lotus swamp, a small area of wetlands and overgrown pools on the outskirts of Chiang Mai with views of the surrounding mountains. This area gives us a great introduction to the birds of Thailand with a lot of open country and wetland species in a short space of time. Asian Openbills feeding in the shallows and flocks of Lesser Whistling Ducks will welcome us as we arrive, and we can spot Gray-headed Swamphen and Pheasant-tailed Jacana creeping among the lotus flowers along with Great Egret, Purple Heron, Gray Heron and Yellow Bittern. A couple of specialities of this site are also some of the more cryptic; Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler and Eurasian Wryneck. More colorful are Common Iora, White-throated Kingfisher, and the tiny little Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker. This will be a really good start to our tour.

After a few hours, we drive to the town of Fang for lunch before we continue our journey to Doi Lang. Lying on the shoulder of Thailand’s second highest peak—Doi Pha Hom Pok—this site is part of the most extensive remaining tract of evergreen hill forest in the region. As we walk the trails, we watch for a multitude of unique species of Himalayan and Chinese affinities, making it one of the most popular sites in the entire country for birdwatchers. On our first afternoon here, we stop by stake-outs for some of these: the tiny but oh-so-blue Ultramarine Flycatcher, the bizarre Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, the adorable Spot-breasted Parrotbill, and others.

Our hotel consists of a collection of cabins among orchard trees run by a local family on the bank of the Kok river. This is a nice base for the next few days with excellent local food.
Accommodations at Thatorn Garden Home or similar (B,L,D)

Thurs., Feb. 20      Doi Lang East

After breakfast at our accommodation, we continue our exploration of this wild area in search of specialties that are easier to see here than elsewhere in Thailand. Birding around the entry gate for the first hour of the day introduces us to some of the birds of the mountain before we board some local transport for a rather bumpy ride to the higher elevations. The journey is certainly worth it with species that include the amazing Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Whiskered Yuhina, gangs of noisy Dark-backed Sibias, Himalayan Bluetail, Large Niltava, colorful Black-eared Shrike-Babbler, and Silver-eared Laughingthrush all waiting for us.

After having a picnic lunch with a view and sharing a few moments of our morning here, we meander down the mountain for some afternoon birding in the rice paddies of Thatorn. Perhaps due to the long presence of farming in the region, a wide variety of birds have adapted to the habitat here: Pied Harrier, Citrine Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, and perhaps even the endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting are all possible.
Accommodations at Thatorn Garden Home or similar (B,L,D)

Fri., Feb. 21      Fang Hot Springs | Chiang Saen

We enjoy a nice and easy morning today with a visit to nearby Fang Hot Springs, known to be a reliable place for Spot-winged Grosbeak. Here boulders dot an open green space surrounded by forest; plumes of steam rise from the ground in a whimsical geologic display. The hot springs themselves (numbering around fifty in all) are a reminder of the geologic forces that ultimately created these mountains. This is a good spot for finding Asian Barred Owlet, flocks of colorful Long-tailed Minivets, the splendid White-faced Jay, Blue Rock-Thrush, and many other species. After birding, we can enjoy a mid-morning iced coffee and admire the lovely scenery of this site.

By mid-morning, we will leave Fang and make a journey of around 2 hours to the small town of Chiang Saen where we have lunch on the banks of the Mekong River. After checking into our comfortable hotel, we can spend the afternoon checking out a variety of wetland areas to look for local specialties such as Small Pratincole, River Lapwing, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Burmese Shrike, and much more besides. The real ornithological highlight here is the harrier roost. From a wetland overlook, we will witness large numbers of harriers coming in to roost. At first they come in one by one, but by the time the light is failing, there can be hundreds of Pied Harriers and Eastern Marsh Harriers wheeling around before they plunge into the wet vegetation to roost. Our hotel is just a short drive away where we will have dinner.
Accommodation at Siam Triangle Hotel or similar (B,L,D)

Sat., Feb. 22      Chiang Saen

After breakfast at the hotel we spend the day visiting various locations around Chiang Saen in search of birds that include Small Pratincole, River Lapwing, Brown-throated Martin, Freckle-breasted Woodpecker, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Purple Sunbird, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Lanceolated Warbler, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Jerdon’s Bushchat, and many others. This area of Thailand receives more national rarities than most other locations so we act on any current information on key species that we have.

It gets very hot here in the middle of the day so we take a break at the hotel after having lunch at a local restaurant on the Mekong river.
Accommodation at Siam Triangle Hotel or similar (B,L,D)

Sun., Feb. 23       Doi Tung Botanical Gardens | Fang

The Doi Tung Botanical Gardens has become a good one for rare over wintering thrushes so we need to be up early and on site to be the first at the feeding station, about 45 minutes away. We hope that species such as Eyebrowed Thrush, Black-breasted Thrush, White-tailed Robin and perhaps Grey-winged Blackbird are present this year. This is a scenic location to spend the morning in with other birds to enjoy including Blue-winged Minla, Black-throated Sunbird, Hill Blue Flycatcher and many others. In some years Rusty-naped Pitta, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Scaly Thrush and Purple Cochoa have been performing here. Fingers crossed for at least one of these.

Depending on what we have seen previously we make the drive back to the town of Fang via one/two sites close to the town of Chiang Rai where we can look for rare ducks, Wire-tailed Swallow, Small Pratincole. After check in at our hotel at Fang we will have an early finish.
Accommodations at Tangerine Ville Hotel or similar, Fang (B,L,D)

Mon., Feb. 24       Doi Lang West

We spend the day today at Doi Lang West, devoting much of the morning to look for Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant in pine forest. In this habitat we should also find another specialty, Giant Nuthatch, as well as Rufous-backed Sibia, Grey-crowned Warbler, Olive-backed Pipit, Little Pied Flycatcher, Long-tailed Minivet, and by checking out flocks here we might be able to find Himalayan Cutia and Grey-headed Parrotbill too. There is also a good chance of Mountain Bamboo Partridge in this area as well as Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush, Rufescent Prinia, Greater Yellownape, Large Cuckooshrike and others.

We also spend time in other spots along the mountain looking for species in slightly moister forest too that can include Marten’s Warbler, Hume’s Treecreeper, Large Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Black-throated Bushtit, Golden Babbler and many other species. We can also check out the feeding areas for birds we didn’t connect with previously or for more views of the usual suspects. There is another chance to look for Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant in the late afternoon.
Accommodations at Tangerine Ville Hotel or similar, Fang (B,L,D)

Tues., Feb. 25      Doi Ang Kang

Today we visit Doi Ang Kang. We leave at 6:15 AM to be at the right place by 7:00 for what should be an easy Giant Nuthatch. This is also a good spot for Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, Golden-throated Barbet, Striated Bulbul, Slender-billed Oriole, Buff-throated Warbler, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler, and many other birds.

After this we visit the King’s Project area which usually gives us good views of Silver-eared Mesia, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Black-breasted Thrush, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Black-throated Sunbird, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, and it often provides some surprises—it is a very pretty area and birding here is pleasant.

We have time to visit a military camp for Yellow-streaked Warbler, Daurian Redstart, and some nice views into Myanmar before having lunch in a nearby village. After this we can check out the Chinese cemetery area for Brown-breasted Bulbul, Little Bunting, and a few other species before heading back down the mountain for an early finish with some downtime before dinner.
Accommodations at Tangerine Ville Hotel or similar, Fang (B,L,D)

Wed., Feb. 26       Guide’s Choice Morning | Doi Inthanon

What we do this morning really depends on what we have seen over the previous days and where the birding has been best. We can revisit either Doi Lang West, if we need another attempt to see Mrs Hume’s Pheasant, or we can revisit the beautiful scenic areas of Doi Ang Kang. It is nice to have a bit of flexibility so that we enjoy the best of what the area has to offer.

By late morning, we will begin our journey towards Doi Inthanon. This is our longest drive of the trip, and we will leave in plenty of time so that we can make some rest stops along the way and arrive at our accommodation in good time. The gardens of Inthanon Highland Resort are lovely, and we should have time to do some birding around here or just take a break if so desired. Finding Spotted Owlet and Brown Boobook is usually fairly easy, and both species are active before it gets properly dark.
Accommodations at Inthanon Highland Resort or similar (B,L,D)

Thurs., Feb. 27        Doi Inthanon National Park

We spend all day today at Doi Inthanon National Park. Nicknamed the “roof of Thailand,” Doi Inthanon (ca. 8400 feet) is so high and so cold that local tourists flock to the summit on cold winter mornings to see frost — a novel experience to many local residents here who have never seen ice or snow! The road that winds up this magnificent granite mountain also happens to transect a diverse variety of habitats, including dry dipterocarp woodland, mixed deciduous forest, pine forest, and montane forest. By remaining in the lowlands as our base, we explore the various elevations and their associated habitats in search of their own characteristic bird life— the park is home to some 380 species of birds!

On our way up the mountain we stop at a waterfall to search for Slaty-backed Forktail, White-capped Redstart, and Plumbeous Redstart before walking a track at around 1800m. This takes us through a variety of forest types and is a good spot for Hume’s Treecreeper, Clicking Shrike Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, and a couple of skulkers including Pygmy Wren Babbler and Slaty-bellied Tesia. Other birds we are keen to find here include Golden-throated Barbet, Short-billed Minivet, White-throated Fantail, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Large Niltava, Vivid Niltava, White-headed Bulbul, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, and Asian Emerald Cuckoo.

After lunch we can visit the summit for the remainder of the afternoon to have our first chance at the specialties here. We can expect flocks of semi-tame birds to include Chestnut-tailed Minla, Ashy-throated Warbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, and perhaps Yellow-browed Tit. On the summit boardwalk we get our first chance at Rufous-throated Partridge, White-browed Shortwing, and some other skulkers before heading down to our accommodation.
Accommodations at Inthanon Highland Resort or similar (B,L,D)

Fri., Feb. 28         Doi Inthanon National Park

A cool and crisp morning at the summit of Doi Inthanon starts off our day. The birding starts right from the parking lot, where the vegetation along the edges attracts many of the bolder mountain residents such as Silver-eared Laughingthrush, Green-tailed Sunbird, and Dark-backed Sibia. The Ang Ka Boardwalk nearby transects a bog full of trees festooned with moss. Within this magical environment, we hope to see some of the more secretive denizens of this mountain: Rufous-throated Partridge, White-browed Shortwing, and maybe even Eurasian Woodcock. Feeding flocks up here may contain the pixie-like Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail and Yellow-browed Tit.

As the morning passes, we steadily move downslope with several stops along the way through excellent forest trails. The possibilities seem almost endless here, as feeding flocks can be exciting and diverse: Gould’s Sunbird, Small Niltava, Gray-throated Babbler, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, White-throated Fantail, Verditer Flycatcher, and many more.

We finish in the afternoon at a conservation site for Blossom-headed Parakeet. As we watch these lovely birds come in to roost, we learn about the conservation efforts underway to protect them.
Accommodations at Inthanon Highland Resort or similar (B,L,D)

Sat., Mar. 1        Doi Inthanon | Bangkok

We make one final visit to Doi Inthanon National Park. We usually visit a blind which overlooks a small stream. Here we hope for fine views of Slaty-backed Forktail, White-crowned Forktail, and Dark-sided Thrush. There are usually a few surprises here too, perhaps we can spot a Lesser Shortwing emerge from the undergrowth!

After a short morning here, we drive back to the airport in Chiang Mai and take a short flight to Bangkok. Here we have some time to relax and catch up with emails, photo processing, or just read a book before dinner.
Accommodations at Amari Don Muang Hotel or similar (B,L,D)

Sun., Mar. 2       Pak Thale | Laem Pak Bia

We have an early morning start today in order to make the two-hour drive to Pak Thale, an expansive area of saltpans, shrimp ponds, and coastal mudflats. Flat and open, we may be able to see local salt farmers harvesting salt that has been neatly lined up in big white piles. This area hosts perhaps one of the greatest concentrations of shorebirds in the world, including up to about thirty different species all told. We make a special effort to see the charismatic and critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper, as well as the endangered Nordmann’s Greenshank, Chinese Egret, and Far Eastern Curlew.

After a nice local lunch, we take a boat trip out along the river and out to a sand bar on the estuary. This is always an enjoyable trip and with birds that include Malaysian Plover, Pacific Reef Egret, Great Crested Tern, and White-faced Plover – a great little birding excursion.

Our hotel is a small chic hotel in the nearby town of Petchaburi.
Accommodations at Sun Hotel Phetchaburi or similar (B,L,D)

Mon., Mar. 3      Local Rice Fields | Transfer to Baan Maka

After breakfast we drive a short distance to some rice fields to look for a number of new species that should include Chestnut-capped Babbler, Oriental Darter, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, Bronze-winged Jacana, Yellow Bittern, Asian Openbill, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Asian Golden Weaver, Baya Weaver, Yellow-bellied Prinia, and perhaps Cinnamon Bittern, White-browed Crake, and Ruddy-breasted Crake.

We then drive an hour to our accommodation for lunch and afterwards we visit a nearby hide that overlooks a feeding and bathing area where we should see a lot of birds come to visit through the afternoon. Likely species include Scaly-breasted Partridge, Large Scimitar Babbler, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Puff-throated Babbler, Red Junglefowl, Kalij Pheasant, Emerald Dove, Siberian Blue Robin, Greater-necklaced Laughingthrush, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, and Black-naped Monarch.
Accommodations at Baan Maka or similar (B,L,D)

Tues., Mar. 4 – Thurs., Mar. 6     Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park gives the group the opportunity to bird tropical forest. Kaeng Krachan National Park is the largest national park in Thailand, forming part of a much larger forest complex that provides refuge for many of Asia’s rarest mammals and 420 species of birds. Indeed, this national park is of international conservation importance due to the vastness and excellent condition of its tropical evergreen forest.

In the mornings we visit the lowlands of the park. This is mostly moist forest and plays host to a lot of exciting species. Key birds that we have a high chance of seeing include the fantastic Great Hornbill, Black-thighed Falconet, Sultan Tit, Grey-rumped Treeswift, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Greater Flameback, Common Flameback, Greater Yellownape, Orange-breasted Trogon, Black-and-red Broadbill, Green-eared Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, and Thick-billed Green Pigeon while common birds include Asian Fairy-bluebird, Ochraceous Bulbul, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Green-billed Malkoha, Pin-striped Tit Babbler, and many others.

In the afternoons we spend time at higher altitudes (if accessible). Here there are some species that we are unlikely to find elsewhere on this tour including Red-headed Trogon, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, White-crested Laughingthrush, Black-throated Laughingthrush, and a few others.

At lower altitudes there is a wealth of other species that are rarer but we have a fair chance of finding some of the following: Banded Kingfisher, Banded Broadbill, Tickell’s Brown Hornbill, Blue Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, White-browed Piculet, Common Green Magpie, Wreathed Hornbill, and Golden-crested Myna to mention a few.
Accommodations at Baan Maka Nature Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

Fri., Mar. 7      Birding Back to Bangkok

We work our way back to Bangkok this final morning together. We make a plan to look for any species we may have missed, perhaps visiting another hide for a few hours, perhaps just enjoying birds in the garden of the accommodation. Then, after lunch we drive back to Bangkok to a convenient airport hotel; the journey takes three to four hours depending on the traffic.
Accommodations at a Bangkok airport hotel (B,L,D)

Sat., Mar. 8          Departures

Departures today are at your leisure today. (B)

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Cost of the Journey

Cost of the journey is $TBD DBL / $TBD* SGL per person, based on double occupancy, from Chiang Mai, departing Bangkok. Cost includes 18 nights’ accommodations; all meals as stated in the itinerary; group airport transfers; internal flight; ground transportation; professional guide services; park, preserve, and other activity fees; and miscellaneous program expenses. *Referenced price is based on exchange rate. Subject to change if there is more than a 5% increase.

Travel Details

Please plan to make air travel plans only after the minimum group size has been met. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as the trip has been confirmed.

Arrival Airport: Arrival Airport is Chiang Mai International (CNX)

Arrival Details: Plan flights to arrive February 18, 2025 in time for introductions and the welcome dinner at 6:30PM. We recommend coming in early to rest up from your flight.

Departure Airport: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok

Departure Details: Plan flights to depart March 8, 2025 at your leisure.

Travel Tips: If you are interested in early nights, we are happy to book you at our first night tour hotel. If you prefer to book something you see online, please feel free to do so – it’s an easy city to get around, so a transfer on the tour start day by taxi is reasonable. We do not have recommendations for Bangkok as there are SO many places to choose from – our travel agent may be able to assist you there.

Browse below for trip reports and species lists from past versions of this and other tours from this destination.


  • Nick Upton - Thailand and Asia Expert

    Nick has been pursuing birds since the age of six after being shown a Dartford Warbler by his father on a family holiday. After traveling and birding in the Pacifica and Southeast Asia, Nick settled in Thailand over twenty years ago and now has over a decade of experience in leading bird tours throughout Asia. Widely recognized as the leading guide for Thailand, he can find difficult species and interpret the ecology of the bird, as well as the conservation issues many species face.

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  • Carlos Sanchez

    Guide and client-favorite Carlos Sanchez has deep experience guiding in Central and South America (and in Spain!) for Naturalist Journeys. Carlos has also birded Thailand many times and he guides for us there as well. Before joining us, he was a resident guide in both Brazil and in Ecuador. A Miami native and Northern Virginia resident, he leads the new-and-notable Homestead, FL, Christmas Bird Count, is active in the Tropical Audubon Society and contributes to the blog 10,000 Birds.

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This information is important for being prepared for your journey; we want you to have the best experience possible. If you only read one section, this one is key!

Ahead of Your Tour

  • Make sure your passport will be valid at least six months from your date of arrival from the U.S. No Visas are required for U.S. citizens for stays of this duration. If you are from another country, please contact the Embassy of Thailand website for guidelines.
  • Please check current CDC recommendations for travel to Thailand and consult with your doctor about general travel vaccinations and medications you should have as precaution for travel. See the “General Health and Inoculations” section below.
  • Travel insurance in case of serious medical emergency is strongly recommended. Full health coverage and repatriation is available through Allianz Travel Insurance.
  • Plan your flight reservations arriving into Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK). Send a copy of your itinerary to the Naturalist Journeys office please.
  • Soft sided luggage/duffel bags are easiest for packing the vans. Pack essential medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as one day of clothing and optics in case of luggage delay.

Arrival into Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

Please note: If you are delayed in travel, please refer to your emergency contact list, and contact your ground operator, with a back up to our office. You may also phone or text your guide.

Plan to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) in time for a welcome dinner at 6:30 PM on the tour start date. A representative from our local operator will meet you outside of Customs and Immigration, wearing binoculars and holding a name sign. Once we have everyone’s flight information, a full arrival plan will to be sent to share if anyone else is on your flight. We can recommend a good travel agent familiar with the routes upon request.

We recommend you arrive the day prior to the tour start date in order to have time to adjust. Transportation from the airport is available via public taxi service. Chiang Mai Airport is located a short distance from the city center, songthaew and tuk-tuks are readily available outside the terminal building – these are the main taxi services. You will need to exchange money in the airport or prior to your trip.

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Departures from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK)

Departures will be at your leisure on the last day. Departure tax is included in all international and domestic tickets in Thailand.

Please check the Travel Details section of this tour for additional information and updates.

Passports, Visas & Documents

You must have a passport that is in good condition and valid for six months AFTER your arrival into Thailand. You should have at least one blank page per stamp. The blank pages need to say “Visas” at the top. Pages marked “Amendments and Endorsements” will not be accepted. If you are from another country, please contact the Thailand embassy website for guidelines. Information for U.S. citizens can be found at:

It is recommended you check for changes 60-90 days before your tour departs but at the time of writing, a tourist visa is not required for stays of this duration. You will need proof of a return ticket. The necessary documents will be distributed by your airline while in flight or provided for you upon arrival. We advise that you bring your eContact list of hotels for use at immigration as well.

As a precaution for lost or misplaced documents you carry on your person during travel, we highly recommend you keep hard and digital backup copies on your phone (either photo or PDF scan), as well as a hard copy left with your emergency contact at home. The recommended important documents to copy include, but are not limited to; your passport ID page, travel visa, the front and back of your credit card(s), the airline barcode on your luggage. This will greatly expedite getting new ones if necessary – we hope everyone will always keep travel documents close so that losing them will not be an issue.

General Health & Inoculations Information – Be Prepared!

We will share your health information with your guide. This information will be kept confidential but is very important as we want to be best prepared in case of medical emergency. 

Vaccinations: Please bring your up-to-date vaccination records with you. There are several immunizations recommended for Thailand, standard for international travel including Polio, Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever and Tetanus. Also recommended by some physicians are Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and Diphtheria. Some authorities also reference Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. Please check with your doctor for recommendations at least 4-6 weeks before departing on your trip. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for travel to Thailand is a helpful resource or you may contact them by phone at (800) CDC-INFO or (800) 232-4636.

Malaria: The CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Thailand take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about choosing a drug to prevent malaria. Find here country-specific information about malaria.  Prevention is essential no matter what level of risk. A small risk is still a risk.  We recommend you do not take any chances. In addition to taking anti-malarial medication, during your outings, be sure to apply insect repellent (containing DEET) or Picaridin, OLE, etc., on any exposed skin as directed! For clothing, see Packing List for our recommendations.

Yellow fever: Vaccination is required for passengers entering Thailand from (or through >12 hour layover) countries with endemic yellow fever; check the CDC Yellow Book for list of countries at risk for yellow fever.

Prescriptions: It is a good idea to pack any meds you take regularly in your carry-on luggage.  Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses. Bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you use, a copy of the prescription and a list of generic names of your medicines as “back-up” in case it is necessary to purchase drugs while abroad. You’ll want to keep medications in their original, labeled containers. 

Allergies: To be prepared for environmental triggers to allergies or breathing difficulties, please bring your allergy and/or asthma medication(s).  If you have severe allergies talk to your doctor about carrying an EPI pen and notify your guides. It is also recommended to carry with you an up-to-date record of known allergies, chronic medical problems and Medic Alerts so that, if necessary, emergency treatment can be carried out without endangering your health.

Air pollution and Haze: Bangkok and other Thai cities experience high levels of air pollution, which may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. These can be particularly high between the months of December and February. Smoke haze, which usually occurs across parts of north and north-east Thailand during March to April, can also aggravate these conditions. You may want to bring a comfortable bandana or small mask if you are sensitive. You may want to check air quality reports.

Common Ailments: We recommend that you bring a travel-sized first aid kit and a supply of standard over-the-counter medications for prevention or treatment of common ailments (such as diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset, cough, congestion, head or body aches, insect bites and sunburn); as well as ointments, moisturizer, sunscreen, oral rehydration salts, band-aids, moleskin for blisters, cotton swabs, nail clippers, and tweezers, etc.

Altitude sickness: If high altitude will be encountered on your trip, it can affect some and, if there is a concern, be prepared. The most general symptoms are headache and occasionally fatigue and dizziness. You’ll want to take it easy, particularly at first. These symptoms can be reduced by resting, drinking plenty of water and taking aspirin. If you have worries about the altitude, ask your physician about medications that may be right for you.

Weather & Climate

February and March weather is mainly dry, hot, and humid. Averages are high 95°F/ low 66°F. It can be quite chilly (sometimes below freezing) in the mountains in the mornings and when birding early in shady areas. Dressing in layers is the best way to be comfortable, and bring a hat, scarf and lightweight gloves to use as needed. Chiang Mai enjoys a cooler climate than Bangkok. Rainfall is rare. It will typically be hot and muggy.

Food & Drinks

Thai food is a highlight of the trip! Generally, food hygiene is very good and usually stomach upsets are due to a change of diet or excess of chilis rather than bacteria. Ice is always made from treated water sources and salads are washed in clean water. The water in all urban areas are drinkable and are also fine for brushing your teeth. Bottled water is provided but bringing a reusable water bottle is appreciated as we want avoid us of disposable plastics where possible.

Packing, Clothing & Laundry

Please, pack light. And please, please pack all essential medications, glasses and your binoculars in your carry-on bag. Dress is very informal. You may wish to change for dinners, but casual dress is suitable at all locations. Laundry can be done inexpensively in all the hotels where we stay for more than one night.

You may wish to pack clothing that is fairly dark/muted in color. Pale, sandy shirts are a problem in dark forests, scaring off shy birds. Camouflage is not recommended and in some countries it is not legal to wear.

Dress in loose-fitting layers for comfort. An item of warm clothing should be brought, preferably a soft, fleece jacket. Although we do not expect rain, we can't predict the weather. You may want to bring an inexpensive pocket raincoat to protect equipment should there be a downpour. Running shoes are fine although most people wear hiking boots. Several pairs of footwear are desirable, if you have the space.

We will encounter heat. Find a way to keep cool. Many bring a gel bandana that can be made wet and is very cooling. A spray mister is helpful. Sunscreen and sun hats will be needed for locations that offer no shade.

TRAVEL TIP: Imagine NOT getting your suitcase. Wear your most important shoes for the field and have one day’s clothing change (including a change of underwear!). And please do not pack any essential medications, or your vital optics, in your checked luggage!

Spending Money

The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB). As currency exchange rates in Southeast Asia fluctuate, refer to for the most up-to-date exchange rates. You may wish to exchange USD when you arrive in Thailand. You always get better exchange rate for Baht in Thailand than anywhere else. Check that your ATM card is working and that you know the PIN number. If exchanging cash, please make sure that US Dollars are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003 or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted or be very difficult to exchange. Bring large U.S. bills ($50 or $100) that will give you the better rate when exchanging to local currency.

The most convenient and least expensive way to obtain Baht is via ATMs, which are available in most towns and cities throughout Thailand. The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in Baht from ATM machines. Thai ATMs accept most international bank card systems (Visa and Mastercard networks) and dispense money in 100-, 500-, and 1,000-baht bills. You might want to travel with two types of credit cards, AMEX, Visa or Mastercard if possible, so that in case of loss or issues with one card, you will have a backup. Your bank may charge a fee for overseas withdrawals. Please contact your bank before you leave for your trip to let them know you will be using your card out of the country.

Travelers checks can be timely and expensive to exchange. While we do not advise that you bring them as your main source of funds, it might be useful to have one or two checks in case of emergency.

Lastly, credit cards can be used at some upmarket restaurants and shops, and at some larger stores if shopping for big ticket items. Mastercard and Visa  are the most widely accepted credit cards in Thailand, followed by American Express.


Tipping throughout the tour is at your discretion. Some guidelines follow. At larger (mostly city) hotels, tip maids and bar service as you would at home. At eco-lodges, there is typically a staff tip box in a public area; the going rate per person is $6-$10 a day, which is shared among staff for maid service, and general staff service at the lodges. Gratuities for group meals are already included. Your Naturalist Journeys host will take care of smaller tips such field trip services by boat drivers, night drive outings, single activities. Your additional tip is encouraged for birding tour guides and drivers who are with you for several days or the full trip; $10-$15 per day per guest is standard for guide service, and half that for a driver. If you have more than one local guide at a location, they will share the daily amount. We encourage tipping for the local teams hosting you; anything extra for your Naturalist Journeys host is at your discretion.

You may wish to bring small gifts for local people that you meet and enjoy (this is totally optional!). T-shirts, school supplies like pens and small notebooks, inexpensive watches and baseball caps are always popular. Your guides can pass along school supplies to a local school if you bring them. Children also love any nature books/coloring books.

Cell Phones & Internet Service

You can make international calls from most of our hotels. The country code for the USA is 1.

International calls to the United States: Dial 00 + (1) + country code + area code + number.

Be sure to check your cell phone company’s roaming charges if you intend to use your phone out of the county. Prepaid phone cards and SIM cards are also available in Thailand. There are free apps available on smart phones (WhatsApp, Viber) that offer free international calls and texts, and you may want to research this ahead of time.

Mobiles on the GSM network from the United States will work in Thailand. However, getting your phone unlocked and buying a local Thai SIM card is often a lot less expensive. SIM cards sell for about 299-599 Baht ($10-20 USD) at the airport, convenient stores or mobile shops. Before you arrive in Thailand, make sure that your phone is unlocked (able to work outside of the network you are currently using) and operates on the GSM network.

WiFi/Internet is available in most places we stay, although, in some places it is only available in the restaurant or lobby.

Please refrain from taking or making cell phone calls in vehicles when traveling with other passengers, unless it is an emergency.


Thailand uses 220V AC electricity. Power outlets most commonly feature two-prong round or flat sockets. Outlets are not standardized in Thailand, and the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. Because the power outlets in Thailand will likely fit your plug, you probably don't need a separate adapter - just make sure your voltage is converted to protect your technology. Though you may want to pack a universal adapter, just in case you end up in a building with two-prong sockets for your three-prong electronics. You may even see different sockets in the same room in a building. More information can be found at


Chiang Mai and Bangkok are in the ICT time zone. Check before leaving home for your conversion.


Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at or telephone at our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey!


Pace & Protocols +

Pace of the Tour & What to Expect You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of Read more

Pace of the Tour & What to Expect

You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of hotels (our eContact List) a few weeks before your departure. This will serve as an outline for each day and alert you to any recent changes made in the schedule or to our hotels, if needed.

Our journeys are set up to follow the rhythm of nature. Our focus is on birding and nature; we offer full, well-planned field days and often get up early for that magical time around dawn. We generally follow the published itinerary, but we stay flexible to the weather, wildlife opportunities and the interests of the group. Your guide will keep you apprised of the next day’s schedule at each evening meal, noting what to bring and what to prepare for. Questions and/or concerns are welcome.

The pace of our Naturalist Journeys tours is moderate; to fully participate you should be able to get in and out of vehicles several times a day, and walk 1-3 miles over uneven terrain. It is important to participate with a flexible attitude as adjustments may be made in our schedule to make the most of our time in the field or for other purposes at your guide's discretion. We are not a “listing” bird company that drills down on target species, but at times we do wait for those special species unique to the places we visit. During the day, we take time to stop for photos and for educational opportunities to learn about conservation projects, landscapes, and geology. We appreciate other taxa as well as birds, with mammals often the biggest draw but plants and butterflies are also very popular. Our clients often lend their own expertise to the mix.

We like to make meals a fun and memorable part of the experience, too. Breakfasts are often at hotels, and we carry snacks, fruit, and water in the vans each day. Lunches are a mix of picnics in the field (weather dependent) and a chance to dine with locals at small cafes and restaurants. For dinner, we pride ourselves in our homework to keep up with the best choices for dining, choosing restaurants with atmosphere that specialize in local foods. On occasion we keep dinner simple to go back out in the field for sunset wildlife viewing or night walks. In some remote locations, our choices are limited. If you are tired, room service for dinner may be an option you can choose.

Naturalist Journeys International Trips: Guide Role

Naturalist Journeys supports ecotourism and the development of excellent local guides. Once we know our international partners and guides well, we can send out small groups working directly with these trusted partners, adding a Naturalist Journeys guide to assist the local expert when we have a group of 6-7 or more. This helps us keep your costs down while retaining tour quality. The local guide is your main guide. You can expect your Naturalist Journeys guide to be well-researched and often they are experienced in the destination, but their role is not to be primary, it is to help to organize logistics, help you find birds, mammals, and interesting other species in the field, keep reports, help facilitate group interactions, and to keep the trip within Naturalist Journeys' style. Local guides live in the countries we travel to, know the destinations intimately, and are often the strongest force for conservation in their countries. They open many doors for us to have a rich experience.


Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle or in any situation where the group is participating in an activity together, such as a vehicle excursion or a guided walk. Please respect all designated smoking areas at hotels and restaurants.


As a courtesy to each other, we ask that all travelers please rotate seating. On international trips we may all be in one small bus, on some trips we are in vans, particularly the roomy Sprinter Vans when available. Some areas require us to be in smaller 4-wheel drive or safari vehicles. Rotation allows you to sit with different drivers and alternate front and back seating.

Photo Release & Sharing

We take many group photos and will share photos with the group. And after your tour, we will organize a chance to share photos via Dropbox or Google Photos. Please note that this is our policy and if you prefer to be excluded, we need to know ahead of your tour.

By registering for this tour, you agree to grant to Naturalist Journeys and its authorized representatives’ permission to record on photography film and/or video, pictures of my participation in the tour. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote Naturalist Journeys, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.

Travel Insurance

You are traveling in remote areas. Naturalist Journeys strongly recommends you have full medical and evacuation insurance from a company such as Allianz, for all international travel. If you do not have medical coverage or evacuation coverage on your existing travel insurance policy or for some reason elected not to take that out, we advise getting an evacuation plan with Global RescueWorld Nomads, Medjet, Allianz (they can do evacuation only) or a similar company. These plans are typically $300-$400 for a year for multiple destinations. This coverage may be a part of a larger Travel Insurance policy but can also be purchased on its own.


Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at or telephone our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey.


Packing List +

Please pack light! Soft luggage is much easier for us to pack than a more rigid Read more

Please pack light!

Soft luggage is much easier for us to pack than a more rigid hard sided piece, so if you have the choice, please use soft luggage. Be sure to have your name and address on the inside of the bag, as well as on the luggage tag on the handle. It is our hope that you can pack in one checked suitcase that does not exceed 45 pounds. Be sure to place your personal medication, airline tickets, passport, binoculars, camera, and other essential items in your carry-on bag. You will want a day pack for field trips - this makes an ideal carry-on. Please reconfirm your airline’s baggage weight and size restrictions about a week or so before departure.

The weather should be in the 90s by day, and mid 60s in the evening. At one location in the early morning, it will be cold. Rainfall is rare. It’s typically hot and muggy during the month of March. However, it may be quite chilly (sometimes below freezing) in the mornings in the mountains.

Dressing in layers is the best way to be comfortable. Lightweight long-sleeved shirts and long pants make ideal field clothing, as they are protective from sun and vegetation. Quick-dry fabrics are ideal. A light jacket should be enough in the evenings. Casual clothing is appropriate onboard. You will want a pair of shoes or light boots with good tread, and sandals are fine for travel days.

Note on clothing colors and insect repellent: We recommend muted colors of tan, brown, khaki, grey or green, as they are spotted less easily than white or bright colors, though camouflage clothing is not recommended, and in some countries, not legal to wear. It is possible to purchase field clothing permeated with insect repellent such as the Craghoppers Insect Shield collection. Another approach is to purchase Permethrin spray (online or from REI) to treat your field clothing and socks before your departure.

Clothing & Gear

  • Lightweight long pants, 2-3 pair
  • Shorts (optional, not generally recommended)
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirts, 2-3 (loose fitting keeps you cool.)
  • T-shirts, short-sleeved shirts or equivalent, 2-3 or more
  • Casual clothing for travel days and evenings
  • Personal underclothing and pajamas
  • Socks – lightweight and easy to hand wash and dry
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes such as tennis shoes, and lightweight hiking boots – 2 pairs. Please note that forest trails will be on uneven terrain and may be muddy – good tread and support are essential!
  • Comfortable sandals or light shoes for evenings, travel days (Crocs work well)
  • Shower thongs
  • Lightweight fleece jacket or sweater for early morning walks and highlands
  • Lightweight raincoat or poncho
  • Hat with broad brim
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Bandana (optional, great for cooling off when you are hot and sweaty)

Equipment & Miscellaneous

  • Airline tickets or e-ticket verification
  • Passport, visa (if required), travel insurance info, money & credit cards.
  • A secure pouch to carry the items above on your person at all times (such as a secure, under-clothing document pouch)
  • As a backup: copies of all the above (phone and/or paper) packed in a separate location than on your person, plus a set given to your emergency contact at home as a backup. For passport, copy of the  ID and entry stamp pages.
  • Small daypack for field gear while hiking and as carry-on bag (water-resistant recommended)
  • Walking stick(s) – (optional but recommended if you have one)
  • Umbrella (optional) – not brightly colored
  • Small flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Alarm clock (or use your phone)
  • Binoculars (a shower cap is great to cover these when raining)
  • Camera and extra battery, memory cards, lens cleaning supplies and your instruction manual (optional)
  • Adapter for three to two prong plugs and converter for 110 to 220 volts
  • Reusable Water bottle (or plan to refill one bought on location)
  • Notebook and pen or journal (optional)
  • Field guides (optional)
  • Rechargeable power bank (optional)
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent (containing DEET); if not, then Picaridin, OLE, sulfur powder, etc.) Use as directed!
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Toiletry articles
  • Kleenex packs
  • Laundry soap if you plan hand wash laundry
  • Wash cloth (towels are provided)
  • Steri-Pen or other UV water treatment device to help cut down on the use of plastic bottles (optional)
  • Your favorite coffee (bird friendly, preferred, of course! - Coffee is not part of the Thai culture and instant coffee may be all that is available)


WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TRAVELING WITH PRECIOUS OR VALUABLE JEWELRY – don’t tempt anyone and don’t bring things you’d regret losing, and your mind will be at ease!

Medical & First Aid Items

  • Heath insurance and vaccination information (kept in personal pouch with other travel documents)
  • Personal medications
  • Anti-malarial prophylactics and antibiotic prescription in case of infection as prescribed by your physician
  • Altitude sickness and motion sickness preventatives if likely to be needed
  • Personal first aid kit, and medications for general ailments, colds and stomach ailments
  • Foot powder, lotions, general “comfort” items
  • Hydrocortisone cream to ease itching from insect bites
  • Band-Aids, moleskin to protect against blisters
  • Epi-pen if needed for allergic reactions
  • Antibacterial soap in small container for quick handwashing and cleansing wipes
  • Copy of eyeglass prescription, medical prescriptions, and any medical alerts
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts (with plenty of wetting and cleaning solution)


Suggested Reading List +

There are many titles of interest for Thailand; the following are a few that we Read more

There are many titles of interest for Thailand; the following are a few that we have enjoyed that can get you started.

Top Picks

Birds of Thailand

Wildlife of Southeast Asia

Thailand – Culture Smart!

Field Guides

Birds of Thailand, Princeton Field Guides

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Thailand

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia

A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand

The 100 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia

Natural History

Asia’s Wildlife: A Journey to the Forests of Hope

History & Culture

A History of Thailand

Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary

Your guide will also have a selection of reference books and materials to share. As an Amazon Associate, Naturalist Journeys earns from qualifying purchases, and may get commissions for purchases made through links on this page at no added cost to you.


Useful Links +

Learn more about your destination at these external websites, carefully researched for you. Read more


About Thailand

Chiang Mai

Chiang Saen District

Doi Ang Khang

Nature, Wildlife & Biology

Oriental Bird Club

Birds of Thailand Photography – to whet your appetite!

Birding Laem Phak Bia & Pak Thale

Birding Doi Lang

Birding Fang Hot Springs

Butterflies of Thailand, Photo Gallery


Progress on Biodiversity in Thailand

Birdlife International - Conservation of Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Rainforest Trust – Strategic Land Purchase to Protect Spoon-billed Sandpipers

Doi Inthanon National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Geology & Geography

Land, Geography, Climate, and Regions of Thailand

The Geology Society’s book “The Geology of Thailand” – includes links to chapter abstracts

History & Culture

History and Culture of Thailand

Cuisine of Thailand

Helpful Travel Websites

Arrival to Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

Departure from Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

National Passport Information Center

Homeland Security Real ID Act

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Foreign Exchange Rates

ATM Locator

U.S. Department of State International Travel Information - Thailand

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Thailand

Canada Travel Advice and Advisories - Thailand

Travel Health Pro (UK) - Thailand

Electricity and Plugs - Thailand

Date, Time, and Holidays - Thailand

Photo credits: Banners: Greater Flameback, Tareq Uddin Ahmed; Oriental Pied Hornbill, Chainfoto; Black-naped Monarch, Tareq's Photography; Black and Red Broadbill, Jason Thompson; Lesser-necklaced Laughingthrush, Khoitran1957; Dusky Langur, Dariinpinguin; White-lipped Viper, Rushen; Salt Farmers, JJ Harrison; Lotus Flower Vyacheslav Argenberg; all Wikimedia Commons; Chestnut-flanked White-eye by Carlos Sanchez; Scarlet-faced Liocichla by Carlos Sanchez; White-handed Gibbon by Carlos Sanchez; Doi Inthanon Waterfall by Carlos Sanchez; Lotus Flower by Carlos Sanchez; Painted Stork by Carlos Sanchez; Himalayan Bluetail by Carlos Sanchez; Spoon-billed Sandpiper by Carlos Sanchez; Gallery, all via Wikimedia Commons: Yellow-cheeked Tit, Francesco Veronesi; Great Hornbill, Koshy Koshy; Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Tareq's Photography; Dusky Langur, Roughdiamond21; Blue-winged Pitta, JJ Harrison; Sun Bear, Rushen; Hooded Pitta, JJ Harrison; Green-tailed Sunbird, Dibyendu Ash; Female Giant Hornbill, Lip Kee Yap; Indochinese Roller, Song Phi Nong; Waterfall at Doi Inthanon National Park, Kwhisky; Lesser Mouse Deer, Bjørn Christian Tørrissen; Chinese Egret, Kirkamon; Kaeng Krachen National Park, Petchaburi; Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Nina Hale; Mae Ping National Park, (extension only) Beeohwhy


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