This trip report has been reproduced with the kind permission of
Mick Davies of Nature Thailand (http://yonokwetlands.awardspace.com).
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.
- 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.
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.
5 : TaTorn. Stayed in the village, visited the Buddhist
hill temple and the paddies to the east of town and the river.
8 : Doi Ang
Khang. A problem getting the bike up the mountain and
it was very cold after sun down.
10 : Doi Chiang
12 : Chiang Saen.
16 : Chiang Kong. Quiet roads to ride, just a really pleasant
17 : Phayao. Camped by the lake.
18 : Huai Kon Khrai Research Station. This is the famous
Green Peafowl site; I saw 8 of them.
19 : Chiang Mai. Returned the motorbike to Mr Beer.
22 : Phitsanulok. Nice hotel and many temples; rented motorbike
from Lady Motor.
24 : Nam
Nao National Park. Wow it was cold at night camping
here but there were many birds and good trails.
30 : Thung Salaeng National Park. Nice area with small
31 : Bueng
Boraphet. Camped on a building site on SW of the lake!
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
6 : Thap Salo. Camped by the reservoir, bought fish from
fisherman and cooked them on a log fire; very beautiful under the
7 : Mae Sot. Camped en-route at Klong Lan.
8 : Lan Sang National Park. The staff here were very kind
10 : Sukhothai. Spent the day in the Historical Park and
12 : Phitsanukok. Train to Phechi and Khorat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 : Long, long journey by train to Narathiwat in southern
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.
- 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
Phi Phi. Only went for a day trip to see some seabirds.
A beautiful island but too many tourists.
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.
: Bangkok. Took in many tourist sites; Royal Palace, most
of the larger Wats, Dusit Zoo and Lumphini
: 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.
; 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.
: Bangkok. Flight home to England but no visa for Dowroong!
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.
: 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
Davies & Dowroong Dalamajak