Tour Introduction : Thailand - Birding Wonderland

Facts and Travel Tips

Entering Thailand
All foreigners will need a passport valid for at least six months from date of departure and citizens of some countries will need a tourist visa to enter Thailand. For more information contact the Thai Consulate in your country.

General Information
Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and
a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.

Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it.

Thais don’t normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it.

Money and Cards
1 euro = 42,75 Baht (THB) 1 US$ = 29,91 Baht (THB) (per 08/2011)

Credit cards and debit cards are a safe and convenient way to manage your funds. Established names are best; Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa will all get you cash from ATMs all over Thailand. Cards can be cancelled if stolen, and the wholesale exchange rates are better than those of checks and cash. Thai banks honor all internationally recognized travelers’ checks such as American Express and Thomas Cook
Expect to pay 7% VAT on all goods and services.

Tipping
Restaurants often put a 10% service charge on meal bills, in which case a tip
is not necessary.
Some say that if there is no service charge, 10% of the bill is an appropriate tip, but this can be expensive if your bill is quite high already. Many Thai people just leave the loose change.
Twenty baht is usual for hotel porters, while you may feel that the maid who has cleaned your hotel room all week deserves substantially more
You can pay the exact amount of a taxi fare, but it is now common to round it up to the nearest 5 baht. You should always tip a private excursion driver; around 100 baht for a day’s driving is fine.

Packing tips
Pack light. Clothing for 4-5 days is sufficient, as inexpensive laundry services are widely available in tourist areas. Light cotton long-sleeved shirt and trouser are recommended for most areas during day time but some areas in the mountains, especially during early mornings and evenings, can be cooler. During December-January, early mornings in the mountains of the north can be very cold so a sweater or jumper is useful. Solid walking shoes are necessary as well as leech-proof socks which may be needed in some areas, particularly during the rainy season. Apart from a hat, a folded umbrella (dull colour) can be very useful either to protect you from bright sunshine or from rain. Insect repellent and torch are also advised. A torch is also very useful in many occasions

Using cameras and laptops in Thailand
Thailand Electricity is 220V/50Hz.
For all electrical equitpment you should also bring along the electrical wire with a two-pin plug. Electrical sockets in Thailand are generally designed for this type of plug.

Health
We strongly advice you to go to a travel clinic in time, where specialists can inform you about what vaccinations are necessary or advisable

Facts and Travel Tips

Tour Map of Thailand

Tour Description Thailand

Photo Gallery of Thailand

Thailand Main Tour Info

Main Tour

  • Tour dates
    13th of February - 1st of March 2017
  • Price
    € 3.700 p.p. based on shared accommodation
    € 450 Single supplement.
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport (including national flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai), fulltime guiding, Nature reserve entrance fees, and airport transfers.
  • Excludes
    International flights , insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4, maximum 6 persons
  • Your flight planning: Arrival before 15h00 on the 13th of February at Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok. Departure on 1st of March after 18h00 PM from Suvarnabhumi Airport of Bangkok.

 

Thailand Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Doi Inthanon Highland Resort - Arrival from Europe, via Bangkok and Chiang Mai
  • Day 2 - Doi Inthanon Highland Resort - Birding in the Doi Inthanon National park
  • Day 3 - Chiang Mai - Birding in Doi Inthanon National park N. R., transfer to Chiang Mai
  • Day 4 - Amari Ang Kang Resort - AM: Birding Huay Teung Tao. PM: Transfer to Doi Ang Kang N. R.
  • Day 5 - Amari Ang Kang Resort - Whole day birding
  • Day 6 - Thatorn Chalets - AM: Fang Hot Springs. PM: Transfer to Doi Lang
  • Day 7 - Chiang Mai - Birding Doi Lang. PM: Transfer to Chiang Mai
  • Day 8 - Asia Nakom Sawan Hotel - Transfer to Beung Boraphet
  • Day 9 - Juldis Resort - Birding and transfer to Khao Yai
  • Day 10 - Juldis Resort - Birding in Khao Yai
  • Day 11 - Bangkok - Birding in Khao Yai. PM: Transfer to Bangkok
  • Day 12 - Puktien Cabana - Birding and transfer to Laem Pak Bia
  • Day 13 - Puktien Cabana - Birding Laem Pak Bia and rice fields
  • Day 14 - Ban Maka - Birding and transfer to Kaeng Krachan
  • Day 15 - Ban Maka - Birding Kaeng Krachan
  • Day 16 - Ban Maka - Birding Kaeng Krachan
  • Day 17 - AM: Birding. PM: transfer to Bangkok, Fly back home

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Trip Report Thailand (coming soon)

Coppersmith-BarbetOur first trip to Thailand in January - February 2012 was a great success. We have visited the best birding sites and we came back home with a very good feeling about what we found in Thailand. Good accommodation, nice food and what is most important ... great birding. Our guide Nick Upton showed us the very best what this country has to offer. With the experience of this year we have set up the intinerary for 2013 which you will find on this page, because we are sure that many birders would like to join us on the next trip to Thailand. We came out on a 16 nights/17 days tour visiting the main sites in the north, the center and the south of Thailand.

Nick will writhe the trip report of our last trip and we expect to be able to publish this report shortly on this website.

Please check it out and you can read about what Thailand as an important birding country has to offer.

Meet your Tour Guides for Thailand

nick-upton
Our birding guide will be Nick Upton.
Nick has spent more or less his entire life birdwatching and pursuing his interest in birds. Initially an English teacher in Thailand, Nick now spends his time guiding and studying the birdlife in this amazing country, with an average of 200 days a year in the field he is ideally placed to know where the birds are and when! Having a first class bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Countryside Conservation, Nick also has the background to explain the nature of Thailand and having seen over 800 species of the birds there, he is one of the foremost birders in the country. Nick joins our team of first class birding guides and certainly adds to the reasons why you should join our tours to this beautiful destination.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail and fulfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.