The thrill of seeing unusual birds and their unfamiliar and often exotic plumages flitting through the enchanting topographic sights found everywhere in the Southeast Asian region is enough to draw any serious birder to these splendorous lands, but the additional benefits of imbibing the world’s most fascinating cultures, stunning vistas and breathtaking forests, mountains, lakes, waterfalls and beaches are sure to magnify the enthusiasm of spotting the remarkable diversity of feathered evolution found here.

With many rare and endemic species upon which to focus your lenses, the variety of birds in the region is vast, hosting a wonderful array of opportunities to witness new sightings.

The great wetland areas of the Mekong and Ayeyarwady Rivers, covering Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam provide ample opportunities for spotting many of Asia’s rarest water birds, while the forests and National Parks Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the biologically unique Philippines host a bewildering array of species, many of which sport incredibly bright plumages.

The high altitudes wildernesses of Northern Myanmar, South-eastern China (including the Tibetan Plateau) and lovely Bhutan are also havens for a rich variety of beautiful bird species in stunning landscapes.

Across the equator, little Bali is home to the famous Bali Starling, also known as the Bali Myna, a real star of the birding world, which shares the island with many other interesting birds. 

Our birding tours provide the company of local avian experts, familiar with the terrain, who can guide you to the best viewing spots. Within each of our country pages, the birding tour section provides more detail of the particular species you are likely to find within each destination.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Birding
Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Dalat, Hanoi, South of Hanoi
Duration: 14
Guideline price: US$ 2477     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Travelling from south to north, this tour brings you into many of Vietnam’s remaining protected natural areas and wildlife preserves. From viewing waterfowl on the Mekong Delta, to one of Vietnam’s largest lowland tropical rainforests in Nam Cat Tien, to the pine and evergreen forests around Dalat, and on to the limestone hills jutting out of the Red River Delta in the north, this is a comprehensive overview of Vietnam’s remarkable avian biodiversity.

Country: China
Type of holiday: Birding
Destinations: Jiuzhaigou National Park
Duration: 13
Guideline price: US$ 4895     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This tour brings you to prime birding locations around northern Sichuan Province, with species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In Sichuan’s spectacular natural landscape, June and July are the best time for bird watching. The most well-known birds in this rugged region are the Gorgeous Pheasant (Chrysolophus Pictus), also called the Bird of China, and the Black-necked Crane (Crus Nigricoliis), a particularly rare and precious bird of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Don’t miss your chance to see the precious feathered inhabitants of this remote corner of China.

Country: Thailand
Type of holiday: Birding
Destinations: Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Duration: 12
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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While better known for its temples and beaches, Thailand is also a spectacular bird watching destination with a wide range of species accessible to the dedicated observer. This tour brings you to several amazing national parks to browse the habitat of all kinds of birds, from backyard regulars to reclusive exotics. You’ll enjoy full days of bird watching amidst some of Thailand’s wildest and most untouched areas. This tour is ideal for those passionate about nature and observing the beauty of life in its feathered form.
Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Birding
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, The Delta and beyond
Duration: 9
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This birdwatching tour of Myanmar takes you to the vast archaeological area of Bagan, where you can observe some of the country’s rare and endemic birds amid the splendour of the ancient ruins, and along the nearby banks of the Ayeyarwady River. You’ll then be driven into the Himalayan upland landscape of Natma Taung National Park to focus the lenses of your camera and binoculars on the feast of sightings in the diverse habitants enveloped in this World Heritage site.

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