Vietnam’s Bird Watching Grand Tour – 18Days/ 17Nights

Tour Code: IGT-BIRD-05 Duration: 18Days/ 17Nights Price: Request Purpose: Birders who love to cover the picture of bird in Vietnam would enjoy the pictures of birds in national parks of Vietnam. Destination: Ho Chi Minh - Cat Tien National Park – Bach Ma National Park - Cuc Phuong National Park -  Tam Dao - Hanoi.   Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh – Arrival {D} Arrival at Ho Chi Minh City and transfer for hotel. Free to visit Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Nam Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, drive to Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province. 230 species of birds, endangered birds like Germains Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl and the very elusive Orange-necked Partridge. Afternoon free for birding. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 3: Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding along the road and forest trails in Cat Tien. Watching Green Peafowl, Lesser Adjutant and Purple Heron, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta, Red and Black and Banded Broadbill and Orange-breasted Trogon. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 4: Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, another full day birding in Cat Tien. Look for Woolly-necked Stork, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker and Heart-spotted Woodpecker. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 5: Cat Tien – Da Lat {B/L/D} Breakfast, final morning birding to find Green-eared, Blue-eared, Lineated, and if you are lucky, Red-vented Barbet. Lunch, afternoon, transfer to Dalat. Dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 6: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding in Mount Lang Bian with key species of Silver Pheasant, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Eurasian Jay, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Cutia and Red Crossbill, especially the Collared Laughingthrush and the Vietnamese Greenfinch. (avoid weekend) Lunch, dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 7: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Tuyen Lam Lake – hotspot for birders. Boat trip to evergreen forest to see the rare and endemic Grey-crowned Crocias; besides, Slender-billed Oriole, Maroon Oriole, Rufous-backed Sibia, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrush possible seen here. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 8: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Ta Nung Valley to look for Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughiingthrush, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Blue-winged Minla and Black-throated Sunbird. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 9: Dalat – Ho Chi Minh {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Ho Chi Minh city. On arrival at Ho Chi Minh city, free to visit the city. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. Day 10: Ho Chi … [Read more...]

Vietnam National Park’s Bird Watching Tour – 13Days/ 12Nights

Tour Code: IGT-BIRD-04 Duration: 13Days/ 12Nights Price: Request Purpose: Birders who love to cover the picture of bird in Vietnam would enjoy the two southern and northern parks of Vietnam Destination: Ho Chi Minh City - Nam Cat Tien National Park - Dalat Highland - Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi. Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival {D} Arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport, meeting and transfer to hotel. Leisure and free to visit, Welcome dinner, and stay overnight  in Ho Chi Minh City. Day 2: Saigon – Nam Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, drive to Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province. 230 species of birds, endangered birds like Germains Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl and the very elusive Orange-necked Partridge. Afternoon free for birding. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 3: Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding along the road and forest trails in Cat Tien. Watching Green Peafowl, Lesser Adjutant and Purple Heron, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta, Red and Black and Banded Broadbill and Orange-breasted Trogon. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 4: Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, another full day birding in Cat Tien. Look for Woolly-necked Stork, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker and Heart-spotted Woodpecker. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 5: Cat Tien – Da Lat {B/L/D} Breakfast, final morning birding to find Green-eared, Blue-eared, Lineated, and if you are lucky, Red-vented Barbet. Lunch Afternoon, transfer to Dalat. Dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 6: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding in Mount Lang Bian with key species of Silver Pheasant, Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Eurasian Jay, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Cutia and Red Crossbill, especially the Collared Laughingthrush and the Vietnamese Greenfinch. (avoid weekend) Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 7: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Tuyen Lam Lake – hotspot for birders. Boat trip to evergreen forest to see the rare and endemic Grey-crowned Crocias; besides, Slender-billed Oriole, Maroon Oriole, Rufous-backed Sibia, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughing thrush possible seen here. Lunch. transfer to Ta Nung Valley to look for Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughiingthrush, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Blue-winged Minla and Black-throated Sunbird. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Dalat. Day 8: Dalat – Hanoi {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to airport to Hanoi. Free noon and half day Hanoi city tour. Dinner, free leisure in Old Quarter. Overnight in Hanoi. Day 9: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Ninh Binh … [Read more...]

Central Higland Vietnam’s Bird Watching Grand Tour – 9Days/ 8Nights

Tour Code: IGT-BIRD-03 Duration: 9Days/ 8Nights Price: Request Purpose: Birders who love to cover the picture of bird in central part of Vietnam would be satisfied. Destination: Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat – Yok Don – Mang Den – Lo Xo – Bach Ma – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City departure Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival {D} Arrival in Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer for hotel. If early arrival, afternoon can be arranged for a tour to Cu Chi Tunnel. Welcome dinner, free to visit and overnight in Ho Chi Minh City. Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Dalat plateau city before enjoying the birding in Nui San Pass with  including Blue and Rusty-naped Pittas, Spotted Forktail, White-cheeked, Black-hooded and Orange-breasted Laughing-Thrushes, Vietnamese Cutia and “Black-headed” Parrotbill, a probable split from the more widespread Grey-headed. Overnight in Dam San Pass. Day 3: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, back to Dalat city and enjoy the Lang Bian Plateau with waterfalls and native pine woodland, beside Collared Laughing-Thrush, as well as Yellow-billed Nuthatch and the Vietnamese forms of  Cutia, Rufous-winged (Black-crowned) Fulvetta and Black-throated (Grey-crowned) Tit. Overnight in Dalat. Day 4: Dalat {B/L/D} Breakfast, explore Ta Nung valley with re-discovered Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-hooded and Orange-breasted Laughingthrushes and Vietnamese Greenfinch are also possible. Overnight in Dalat. Day 5: Dalat – Yok Don National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, depart to Buon Me Thuot city at Lak lake for looking for waterbirds and wintering warblers before reaching Ban Don Tourism area. Here, main highlight is Mekong Wagtail, but could be caught by Black-headed Woodpecker, Collared Falconet, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch are among the specialities. Overnight in Yok Don Day 6: YokDon National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, fully day birding in Yok Don National Park with the main target Grey-shanked Duoc Langur and Chestnut-eared Laughing-Thrush, other fine range of Indochinese birds like Black-hooded Laughingthrus, Pale-capped Pigeon, the endemic Ratchet-tailed Treepie and we have another chance for Yellow-billed Nuthatch. Overnight in Yok Don. Day 7: Yok Don – Bach Ma National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer to Bach Ma. Afternoon birding in Lo Xo Pass with Ratchet-tailed Treepie and a healthy population of Crested Argus Pheasants. Overnight in Hue. Day 8: Bach Ma – Hue {B/L/D} Breakfast, explore the mid ranges of Bach ma with Annam Partridge, or luckier Northern White-cheeked Gibbon. Back to Hue airport for transfer to Ho Chi Minh city. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh city. Day 9: Ho Chi Minh city departure {B} Breakfast, free leisure before departure flight. . :request-info:    :book-tour:    :customize-tour:   Notes: This itinerary and price (if stated) is for your reference only. You are advised to tell us … [Read more...]

South Vietnam’s Bird Watching Grand Tour – 7Days/ 6Nights

Tour Code: IGT-BIRD-02 Duration: 7Days/ 6Nights Price: Request Purpose: Birders who love to cover the picture of bird in south part of Vietnam would be satisfied. Destination: Saigon – Cat Tien – Tram Chim National Park - Sai Gon departure Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival {D} Arrival at Tan Son Nhat international airport, meeting and transfer to hotel. Leisure and free to visit and stay overnight  in Ho Chi Minh City. Welcome dinner, free to visit Ho Chi Minh city. Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, drive to Cat Tien National Park in Dong Nai province. 230 species of birds, endangered birds like Germains Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl and the very elusive Orange-necked Partridge. Afternoon free for birding. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 3: Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding along the road and forest trails in Cat Tien. Watching Green Peafowl, Lesser Adjutant and Purple Heron, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta, Red and Black and Banded Broadbill and Orange-breasted Trogon. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Day 4: Cat Tien National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, another full day birding in Cat Tien. Look for Woolly-necked Stork, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker and Heart-spotted Woodpecker. Lunch and drive back to Hochiminh City. Overnight in Hochiminh City. Day 5: Hochiminh City – Tram Chim National Park (B/L/D) After breakfast at hotel, leave Hochiminh for Tram Chim National Park. Check in accommodation. Afternoon, birding around headquarter and Zone A1. Lunch, dinner and overnight in headquarter of Tram Chim National Park. Day 6: Tram Chim National Park (B/L/D) Breakfast, all day birding, travelling by boat along channels, visiting Zone A4 to watch flock of Eastern Sarus Crane. Lunch, dinner and overnight in headquarter of Tram Chim National Park. Day 7: Tram Chim National Park – Hochiminh City – Departure (B/L/D) Morning birding, then leaving at the park at 13:00, drive back to Sai Gon. Before departure, free to have city tour in Ho Chi Minh.. :request-info:    :book-tour:    :customize-tour: Notes: This itinerary and price (if stated) is for your reference only. You are advised to tell us about your specific demand and purpose about your trip, then iGrandtour will design the more detail itinerary of your own tour for free, and it will be definitely fit your conditions of time and budget: Click Request Info to ask or send us more enquiry about this tour or part of them which interests you. Click Book Tour if you like to have a trip as our suggested itinerary, then we will send you the more detailed itinerary and quote. Click Customize Tour if you like to make your own tour with your chosen … [Read more...]

North Vietnam’s Bird Watching Grand Tour – 9Days/ 8Nights

Tour Code: IGT-BIRD-01 Duration: 9Days/ 8Nights Price: Request Purpose: Birders who love to cover the picture of bird in north part of Vietnam would be satisfied. Destination: Hanoi – Phong Nha Ke Bang -  Cuc Phuong National Park -  Tam Dao - Hanoi. Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi Arrival {D} Pick upon arrival at Hanoi airport. Transfer to hotel, welcome dinner, free to visit Hanoi. Day 2: Hanoi – Tam Dao {B/D/L} Breakfast, transfer to Tam Dao national park, birding with Grey Laughing thrush, Chestnut Bulbul, Black-chinned Yuhina and Fork-tailed Sunbird. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Tam Dao. Day 3: Tam Dao – Hanoi -  Cuc Phuong National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, early birding exploring Tam Dao forest.  In winter, possibly seen are Black-breasted Thrush, Japanese Thrush and Fujian Niltava. Afternoon, transfer to Hanoi and Cuc Phuong National Park. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Cuc Phuong. Day 4: Cuc Phuong National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding, key bird species: Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Bar-bellied, Blue-rumped and Eared Pitta, White-winged Magpie, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Fujian Niltava and Pied Falconet. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Cuc Phuong National Park. Day 5: Cuc Phuong National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, full day birding on trails of Cuc Phuong  with over 300 species including endangered mammals such as Indochinese Tiger, Clouded Leopard and the rare Delacour Langur, possible bird species include Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Ruddy Kingfisher, Silver-breasted Broadbill and White-tailed Flycatcher. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Cuc Phuong National Park. Day 6: Cuc Phuong National Park – Hanoi - Phong Nha Ke Bang {B/L/D} Breakfast, morning birding before transfer to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Quang Binh province. Day 7: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park {B/L/D} Breakfast, transfer Phong Nha Ke Bang park. Birding in Phong Nha Ke Bang park with the near endemic Sooty Babbler, also have further chances for a range of birds including Siamese Fireback, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill as well as the isolated form of Sulphur-breasted Warbler now split as “Limestone Warbler”. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in Quang Binh city. Day 8: Phong Nha Ke Bang – Hanoi {B/L/D} Breakfast, pre-dawn birding with Black and Ha Tinh Leaf Monkeys as well as the beautiful Red-shanked Duoc Langur before visit one of the most beautiful cave of the World, Phong Nha grotto.  Afternoon, transfer back to Hanoi on train. Lunch, Dinner in Phong Nha Ke Bang. Overnight on train. Day 9: Hanoi departure {B} Breakfast, free in Hanoi OR extend the trip for one day visit to one of New Seven Wonders of the world – Halong Bay before departure. . :request-info:    :book-tour:    :customize-tour:   Notes: This itinerary and price (if stated) is for your reference only. You are advised to tell us about your … [Read more...]

Storm-petrel (Chim Báo bão)

Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Hydrobatidae The storm-petrels are relatives of the petrels, and are the smallest of sea-birds. They feed on plank tonic crustaceans and small fish picked from the surface, typically while hovering. The flight is fluttering and sometimes bat-like. There are 21 species worldwide and 1 species which occurs in Vietnam. Storm petrels are the smallest of all the seabirds, ranging in size from 13–26 cm in length. There are two body shapes in the family; the Oceanitinae have short wings, square tails, elongated skulls, and long legs; the Hydrobatinae have longer wings, forked or wedge-shaped tails and shorter legs. The legs of all storm petrels are proportionally longer than those of other Procellariiformes, but they are very weak and unable to support the bird's weight for more than a few steps. The flight is fluttering and sometimes bat-like.   … [Read more...]

Pelican (Bồ nông)

Pelicans are a group of large water birds. They are characterized by  a long beak and large throat pouch used in catching and draining water from, their prey. Pelicans frequent inland and coastal waters where they feed principally on fish. They have a very long, terminally hooked, bills characterized by the attachment of a huge gular pouch. They have a long neck and short stout legs with large, fully webbed, feet. Although they appear bulky they are relatively light because of air pockets in the skeleton and beneath the skin so that they float high in the water. The tail is short and square, with 20 to 24 retrices. The wings are long and broad, suitably shaped for soaring and gliding flight, and have the unusually large number of 30 to 35 secondary flight feathers. They are among the heaviest flying birds. Pelicans swim well with their strong legs and their webbed feet. Unable to vocalize, adult pelicans rely on visual displays and behavior to communicate, particularly using their wings and bills. … [Read more...]

Oriolidae (Chim Vàng Anh)

The Vietnamese name for the oriole in ornithological usage is Chim vàng anh, where vàng means 'yellow' andanh means 'oriole'. Vàng anh is ultimately from Chinese 黃鶯 huáng yīng 'yellow-oriole', although it is a well assimilated form and more likely to be perceived as Vietnamese than Chinese. The Vietnamese word order Chim anh vàng also exists. A more orthodox reading of the Chinese characters 黃鶯, and probably a more recent borrowing, is hoàng oanh, which is a second major name for the oriole. 鶯 yīng by itself traditionally refers to the oriole in Chinese, and plain Chim oanh also means 'oriole' in Vietnamese. The mixed form Chim hoàng anh, combining hoàng (from Chinese 黃 huáng 'yellow') with the earlier borrowing anh, is also used. In what appears to be a modern development, oanh is extended to cover the robins and leiothrixes, which, like orioles, are noted for their song. The Chinese word 鶯 yīng in modern times is technically used for the Sylviidae, and under the influence of Chinese usage attempts may also be seen to extend oanh to the warblers. The Chinese name 黃鸝 huáng lí 'yellow-oriole' has been borrowed into Vietnamese as Chim hoàng ly. Another name is Thương canh, the Vietnamese reading of Chinese 倉庚 cānggēng -- yet another Chinese name for the oriole. This may also be found in the form Canh. Chim choắt chòe (with the alternative form Chim chúyt chòe) is a Vietnamese name for the oriole. It may be related to Chim chích chòe, which is the name of the Magpie Robins and Forktails. Choắt by itself usually means 'tiny'. The above may be summarised as follows: Chim vàng anh 'yellow oriole (bird)' (Chinese word order, adjective plus noun) Chim anh vàng 'yellow oriole (bird)' (Vietnamese word order, noun plus adjective) Chim hoàng anh 'yellow oriole bird' (hoàng is from Chinese 黃 huáng 'yellow') Chim hoàng oanh 'yellow oriole bird' (from Chinese 黃鶯 huáng yīng 'yellow oriole') Chim oanh 'oriole bird' (oanh is from Chinese 鶯 yīng 'oriole') Chim hoàng ly (from Chinese 黃鸝 huáng lí 'yellow oriole') Chim choắt chòe (cf chích chòe Magpie Robin, Forktail. choắt = 'tiny') Chim chúyt chòe (variant of the above) Thương canh (from Chinese 倉庚 cānggēng) Canh (from the above) The Maroon Oriole has been given the name Tử anh, where tử appears to be from Chinese 紫 zǐ meaning 'purple'. … [Read more...]

Bittern, heron, and egret (Vạc, Diệc và Diệc bạch)

The Vietnamese name for the larger herons is Chim diệc. The Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) is called Chim vạc, reflecting its cry, and several similar-looking smaller herons and bitterns are also called by this name. However, the most common name for the egrets, herons, and bitterns is Chim cò. This is a general term that is not used exclusively for the Ardeidae; it is also used for the storks and ibises. Naturalists assign names to the ardeids as follows: Vạc (unmarked refers to Nycticorax nycticorax): Great Bittern (Botaurus) Night Herons (Gorsachius, Nycticorax) Diệc: Herons (Ardea) Cò: Bitterns (Ixobrychus, Dupetor) - Night Heron (Gorsachius -- alternative name) - Herons (Butorides, Ardeola, Bubulcus) - Egrets (Ardea, Egretta) Herons and bitterns are favorites for similes and folk expressions in Vietnamese. The Chinese have a proverb: 鷸蚌相争,漁人得利 yù bàng xiāng zhēng, yúrén dé lì. 'The yu (= snipe) and the clam struggle; the fisherman profits'. This derives from an old story of a snipe/sandpiper who put his bill inside the clam's shell in order to eat the clam. The clam countered by clamping its shell tightly onto the bird's bill. The two were locked in a battle that neither could win. Along came the fisherman and claimed them both. The moral of the story is obvious. Vietnamese has borrowed this proverb, but substitutes the cò for the snipe: Cò trai giữ nhau, ngư ông được lợi 'The heron and the mollusk hang on to each other, the fisherman gains the benefit'. (Vietnamese sometimes also substitutes a fight between a cockle and a clam, ngao sò.)   … [Read more...]

Tytonidae (Cú lợn)

In Vietnamese, the Tytonidae are known as Cú lợn or 'pig owls', where Cú is a general name for the owls, including the Strigidae. In Southern dialects the barn owls are known as Cú heo, using heo, the Southern word for 'pig'. Alternatively, they are often simply known as Chim lợn or Chim heo, both meaning 'pig bird'. The tytonidae is often witnessed in the bamboo hedges and even near the urban areas.   … [Read more...]