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Tour of Thailand Nov 7, 2001 - April 6, 2002
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Note: This trip report has been reproduced with the kind permission of Mick Davies of Nature Thailand          (

First few days : Train, Bangkok - Chiang Mai where we rented a motorbike and camped Huai Kon Khrai (2days) and near Wiang Chi before arriving in Chiang Saen on the 16th.

16 November - 4 December : Chiang Saen. I camped south of town by a reedy dyke and found a male Jerdon's Buschat the next morning. On the 19th of November, whilst I was camping at Chiang Saen, I awoke at 3 am and witnessed a fantastic site of more than a hundred shooting stars in approx. 20 minutes.

December 3 : I camped 2 nights at TaTorn paddies; it was so cold and damp in my tent at night but far worse was the fog that didn't clear until 10 or 11am making it too cold to ride the bike.

December 5 : TaTorn. Stayed in the village, visited the Buddhist hill temple and the paddies to the east of town and the river.

December 8 : Doi Ang Khang. A problem getting the bike up the mountain and it was very cold after sun down.

December 10 : Doi Chiang Dao.

December 12 : Chiang Saen.

December 16 : Chiang Kong. Quiet roads to ride, just a really pleasant area.

December 17 : Phayao. Camped by the lake.

December 18 : Huai Kon Khrai Research Station. This is the famous Green Peafowl site; I saw 8 of them.

December 19 : Chiang Mai. Returned the motorbike to Mr Beer.

December 22 : Phitsanulok. Nice hotel and many temples; rented motorbike from Lady Motor.

December 24 : Nam Nao National Park. Wow it was cold at night camping here but there were many birds and good trails.

December 30 : Thung Salaeng National Park. Nice area with small waterfalls.

December 31 : Bueng Boraphet. Camped on a building site on SW of the lake!

January 1 : Huai Kha Kaeng. This was my second attempt to visit this area, we rented a motorbike and camped near the Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters, but unfortunately we were not allowed to visit the area for Rufous-necked Hornbill; the reason given was the danger from Tiger and Elephants. We did find on the trail fairly fresh Tiger prints.

January 6 : Thap Salo. Camped by the reservoir, bought fish from fisherman and cooked them on a log fire; very beautiful under the stars.

January 7 : Mae Sot. Camped en-route at Klong Lan.

January 8 : Lan Sang National Park. The staff here were very kind to us.

January 10 : Sukhothai. Spent the day in the Historical Park and camped nearby.

January 12 : Phitsanukok. Train to Phechi and Khorat.

January 17 : Khao Soi Dao. Camped at the Wildlife Sanctuary, very slow birding, maybe it's better in the wet season, many good trails, we would like to go back again.

January 23 : Ban Chuen. We visited many beaches in the area; this place suited us best. Inland the mangrove lined river is fair for birds and the fishing village is of interest. We visited Klong Yai and the Cambodian border.

January 26 : Laem Ngop. We liked Laem Ngop, a good cafe in the harbour and no hassles; nice hotel room except for the ants, scorpion and the TV.

February 2 : Ko Chang. Very touristy, however we found a very quiet place with Sea Eagles over our bungalow. We cooked our own food, mostly squid and giant prawns.

February 6 : Long, long journey by train to Narathiwat in southern Thailand.

February 7 : Narathiwat. There are some good areas in and around Narathiwat - the river from the hotel, the King's summer residence and beaches to the north. The Botanical Research Station inland and a large lake are good for birds. We also visited the Peat Swamp Forest. Hala-Bala Wildlife sanctuary is the best place to see Hornbills in Thailand and many other birds; a most beautiful and scenic place.

29 February - 17 March : Krabi. We visited many areas in and around Krabi, we particularly liked the Wat to the south of town. The road north winds through some stunning scenery and many beautiful off-shore islets can be seen through the gaps in the mangrove forest. Some quiet beaches are still to be found, maybe this is the place for us to live in the future.

Ko Phi Phi. Only went for a day trip to see some seabirds. A beautiful island but too many tourists.

Khao Nor Chuchi. This beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary is a delight to visit and whilst walking the many forest trails we saw male Gurney's and Banded Pittas.

18 March : Bangkok. Took in many tourist sites; Royal Palace, most of the larger Wats, Dusit Zoo and Lumphini Park.

21 March : Khao Sam Roi Yot. Camped a couple nights on the beach and for the remainder we rented a bungalow; nice people here. The many caves are well worth a visit. Returned to Bangkok on 28th.

29 March ; Cha-am. The area around Cha-am was surprisingly good, with many excellent wet paddies; we found a good Raptor watch point to the north, but best of all was the vast bat roost that erupts from the hill caves in the late evening.

7 April : Bangkok. Flight home to England but no visa for Dowroong!

Dowroong and I would like to thank the many people of Thailand who showed so much kindness during our travels, we made many friends here. I have been birding for 35 years now, during which time I have met many birders, but have never met anyone with so much natural talent as Dowroong Dalamajak, a star in so many ways.

Accidents : For some reason we did have a lot of minor to semi-serious accidents, none more so than our meeting. Got stung by Jellyfish, Scorpion and a Spider. I 've lost track of the number of hospitals we attended.

Mick Davies & Dowroong Dalamajak

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 Birds seen and where seen
Little Grebe - common
Little Cormorant -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
Lesser Frigatebird -
Ko Phi Phi
Christmas Island Frigatebird -
Ko Phi Phi
Black-crowned Night Heron -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
Yellow Bittern -
Cinnamon Bittern -
Little Heron -
Chinese Pond Heron -
Javan Pond Heron -
Pacific Reef Heron -
Little Egret -
Intermediate Egret -
Great White Egret -
Cattle Egret -
Grey Heron -
Purple Heron -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
Painted Stork -
5 flew into Dusit Zoo (presumed feral)
Asian Openbill Stork -
54 Ch-am
Lesser Whistling-Duck -
Eurasian Wigeon -
Chiang Saen Lake
Spot-billed Duck -
few Chiang Saen Lake
Cotton Pygmy Goose -
few Narathiwat
Mallard -
singles Chiang Saen Lake
Garganey -
several 100 Chiang Saen Lake
Common Teal -
Chiang Saen Lake
Northern Pintail -
common Chiang Saen Lake
Northern Shoveler -
common Chiang Saen Lake
Ferruginous Duck -
12 Chiang Saen Lake
Baer's Pochard -
Chiang Saen Lake
Tufted Duck -
1 Chiang Saen Lake
Osprey -
White-bellied Sea-Eagle -
in coastal areas
Oriental Honey Buzzard -
Black-shouldered Kite -
Black Kite -
1 Thap Salo
Brahminy Kite -
widespread in the south
Rufous-bellied Eagle -
Hala Bala
Eastern Marsh Harrier -
1 Ch-am
Pied Harrier
Japanese Sparrowhawk -
Chinese Sparrowhawk -
mixed flocks of 1000, 400 & 650 at Ch-am with Black Baza
Black Baza -
see above
Grey-faced Buzzard -
2 Ch-am and singles in North
Rufous-winged Buzzard -
Thap Salo and Klong Lan
Changeable Hawk-Eagle -
Hala Bala
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle -
common Hala Bala
Wallaces Hawk-Eagle -
Hala Bala and north of Krabi
Crested Serpent Eagle -
Common Kestrel
Black-thighed Falconet -
Hala Bala
Bat Hawk -
Hala Bala
Bar-backed Partridge -
Nam Nao
Barred Buttonquail
Red Junglefowl -
Silver Pheasant -
male Nam Nao
Green Peafowl -
Huai Kon Khrai
Ruddy-breasted Crake -
Khao Sam Roi Yot
White-breasted Waterhen -
Common Moorhen -
Purple Swamphen -
common Chiang Saen Lake
Common Coot
Pheasant-tailed Jacana -
a few Narathiwat
Greater Painted-Snipe -
male with 3 young Chaing Sean Lake and a pair Ch-am
Oriental Pratincole -
Black-winged Stilt -
Little Ringed Plover -
Kentish Plover -
Malaysian Plover -
Lesser Sand Plover -
Greater Sand Plover -
Pacific Golden Plover -
Grey Plover
Grey-headed Lapwing -
a few pairs Ch-am
Red Wattled Lapwing -
Red-necked Stint -
a few Khao Sam Roi Yot
Long-toed Stint -
a few Khao Sam Roi Yot
Temmink's Stint -
Chiang Saen
Broad-billed Sandpiper -
2 Khao Sam Roi Yot
Common Snipe
Pin-tailed Snipe -
Black-tailed Godwit -
Bar-tailed Godwit -
Whimbrel -
Eurasian Curlew -
Spotted Redshank -
singles Khao Sam Roi Yot
Redshank -
Greenshank -
Nordmans Greenshank -
1 Krabi
Marsh Sandpiper -
Green Sandpiper -
singles in the north
Wood Sandpiper -
Common Sandpiper -
Brown-headed Gull -
a few
Black-headed Gull -
a few
Gull-billed Tern
Lesser-crested Tern -
20 Krabi
Common Tern -
Little Tern -
Whiskered Tern
Rock Pigeon
Yellow-legged Green Pigeon
Mountain Imperial Pigeon -
Pied Imperial Pigeon -
Ko Phi Phi
Speckled Wood Pigeon
Ashy Wood Pigeon
Rufous Turtle Dove
Red Turtle Dove
Emerald Dove
Little Cuckoo Dove
Peaceful (Zebra) Dove
Vernal Hanging Parrot -
Hala Bala
Plaintive Cuckoo -
Hala Bala
Violet Cuckoo -
Hala Bala
Drongo Cuckoo -
Hala Bala
Asian Koel -
Green-billed Malkoha -
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha -
a few in south
Greater Coucal -
Lesser Coucal -
Barred Eagle Owl -
1 Hala Bala
Asian Barred Owlet -
Long-tailed Nightjar - common
Malaysian Eared Nightjar - Hala Bala
Great Eared Nightjar -
fairly common
Silver-rumped Needletail -
Hala Bala
Brown-backed Needletail -
Hala Bala
Whiskered Treeswift -
Grey-rumped Treeswift -
Orange-breasted Trogon -
Nam Nao
Red-headed Trogon -
Nam Nao
Common Kingfisher -
Black-backed Kingfisher -
Banded Kingfisher -
Khao Soi Dao
Brown-winged Kingfisher -
common Krabi
Collared Kingfisher -
Black-capped Kingfisher -
White-throated Kingfisher -
Pied Kingfisher -
Bung Boraphet
Green Bee-eater -
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater -
Blue-throated Bee-eater -
Blue-tailed Bee-eater -
Red-bearded Bee-eater -
Hala Bala
Indian Roller -
Dollarbird -
Hoopoe -
Oriental Pied Hornbill -
2 Hala Bala
Black Hornbill -
1 Hala Bala
Rhinoceros Hornbill -
common Hala Bala
Great Hornbill -
2 Hala Bala
Helmeted Hornbill -
6 Hala Bala
Bushy-crested Hornbill -
10 Hala Bala
White-crowned Hornbill -
1 Hala Bala
Lineated Barbet
Coppersmith's Barbet -
Eurasian Wryneck
Greater Yellownape -
Common Flameback -
Orange-backed Woodpecker -
Hala Bala
Buff-necked Woodpecker -
Hala Bala
Long-tailed Broadbill -
Nam Nao
Black-and-Yellow Broadbill -
Hala Bala
Eared Pitta -
Khao Soi Dao
Gurney's Pitta -
Khao Nor Chu Chi
Banded Pitta -
Khao Nor Chu Chi
Indochinese Bushlark
Barn Swallow -
Pacific Swallow -
Striated Swallow -
Richard's Pipit -
Paddyfield Pipit -
Long-billed Pipit -
Olive-backed Pipit -
Forest Wagtail -
Yellow Wagtail -
Grey Wagtail -
White Wagtail
Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike -
Common Wood Shrike
Scarlet Minivet -
Hala Bala
Common Iora
Lesser Green Leafbird -
Hala Bala
Blue-winged Leafbird
Crested Finchbill
Black Crested Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul
Scaly-breasted Bulbul
Grey-bellied Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Sreaked-eared Bulbul
Cream-vented Bulbul
Streaked Wren Babbler
White-crested Laughingthrush -
Siberian Blue Robin -
Hala Bala
White-rumped Shama
Oriental Magpie Robin -
White-tailed Robin -
Nam Nao
White-crowned Forktail -
Nam Nao
Siberian Stonechat
Pied Bushchat
Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Whistling Thrush
Asian Paradise-Flycatcher -
Hala Bala
Taiga Flycatcher
Pale Blue Flycatcher
Black-naped Monarch
Grey-headed Flycatcher
White-browed Fantail
White-throated Fantail
Sultan Tit
Purple Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird -
Temminck's Sunbird -
Hala Bala
Olive-backed Sunbird
Green-tailed Sunbird
Orange-breasted Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Buff-bellied Flowerpecker
Oriental White-eye
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Dark-throated Oriole -
Hala Bala
Black-naped Oriole -
Asian Fairy Bluebird -
Tiger Shrike -
Hala Bala
Brown Shrike -
Long-tailed Shrike
Burmese Shrike
Green Magpie
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Large-billed Crow
Ashy Woodswallow
Common Myna
Hill Myna
Jungle Myna
White-vented Myna
Black-collared Starling
Asian Glossy Starling -
Asian Pied Starling -
Streaked Weaver -
Scaly-breasted Munia -
Tree Sparrow common
Plain-backed Sparrow
Common Rosefinch

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Crested Bunting
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