VYTA TOURS

DETAILED ITINERARY

BIRDWATCHING TOURS

Route: HANOI-SAPA-TAMDAO-FANSIPAN-DALAT-SAIGON  
Duration: 
22 days/21 nights
In the North of Vietnam:
The Fansipan Mt & surrounding in Sapa (300km Northwest of Hanoi) with the birds of Scaly Laughingthrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Red-winged Laughingthrush, Long-tailed Wren Babbler, Long-billed Wren Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler and Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler. Some birds are not easy to see in other places in Vietnam such as Broad-billed Warbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rusty-capped Fulvetta, Red-billed Leiothrix, Golden Parrotbill, Ashy-throated Parrotbill, White-collared Yuhina and Green-tailed Sunbird. 

Tam Dao highland (80km North of Hanoi) has the birds of Blue-naped Pitta, Indochinese Green Magpie, Green Cochoa, Purple Cochoa, Fujian Niltava, Chestnut Bulbul, Grey Laughingthrush, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Black-chinned Yuhina, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, and Short-tailed Parrotbill. 


Cuc Phuong national park, 25,000sqkm (120km South of Hanoi) with Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Silver Pheasant, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Red-vented Barbet, Brown Hornbill, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Pied Falconet,Malayan Night Heron, Bar-bellied Pitta, Eared Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Rachet-tailed Treepie, White-winged Magpie, White-tailed Flycatcher, Spotted Forktail, Limestone Wren Babbler, Rufous-throated Fulvetta and Black-browed Fulvetta. 

 

Ninh Binh - Red river delta (130km Southeast of Hanoi): is a very good place for Shorebird and some imgration species such as Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Black-faced Spoonbill, Great Knot, Saunder's Gull and others. 2/ In the West highland center of Vietnam: 
Bach Ma national park (60km Southwest of Hue), KonTum, Pleiku... with Annam Partridge which is endemic to Vietnam. More birds such as Crested Argus, Imperial Pheasant, Blyth's Kingfisher, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Hodgson's Frogmouth, White-winged Magpie, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Grey-faced Tit Babbler, Black-crowned Barwing and Golden-winged Laughingthrush which are another 2 endemic species of this part of the country.

3/ In the South and central bottom of Vietnam: 
Nam Cat Tien national park, 72,000sqkm (150km Northeast of Saigon) and Dalat (300km Northeast of Saigon): This part is the most important of birdwatching tour in Vietnam. It has more endemic species than other parts of Vietnam. These are special birds in here: Orange-necked Partridge (Endemic) Siamese Fireback, Germai's Peacock Pheasant (near Endemic), Green peafowl, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Black Baza, White-shouldered Ibis, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Black-hooded Laughingthrush (near Endemic), White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Collared Laughingthrush(Endemic), Orange-breasted Laughingthrush(Endemic), Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler (near Endemic), Grey-faced Tit Babbler (near Endemic), Cutai, Mountain Fulvetta, Grey-crowned Crocias(Endemic), Black-headed Sibia, Brown Prinia, Yellow-billed Nuthatch (near Endemic) and Vietnamese Greenfinch(Endemic). 

We suggest the following itinerary. According to your time permission and health state, you can add or reduce more days ; you can re-arrange the itinerary or cut off any areas that you're not interested in.

 

Day 1:ARRIVE IN HANOI (D).
Arrive at Noi Bai airport. Our staff will meet you at airport and transfer directly to Tam Dao highland area. Birdwatching on the tower trail. O/N in Tam Dao. 

Day 2: TAM DAO (B,L,D)
Full day birdwatching and O/N in Tam Dao.

Day 3:TAM DAO (B,L,D) 
Full day birdwatching and O/N in Tam Dao.. 

Day 4:TAM DAO - HANOI - SAPA (B,L,D)
Drive back to Hanoi for relax or city tour if you like. Then take a night train to Sapa. O/N on the train. Note: you can have another option to travel to Sapa by bus or by car. In this case, you will spend a full day for driving but landscapes on the way is good for your view. O/N in Sapa.

Day 5:SAPA (B,L,D)
Arrive in Lao Cai (if you go by a night train). Transfer to hotel then birdwatching at O Quy Ho & Tram Ton pass (2000m sea level). O/N in Sapa.

Day 6:SAPA - FANSIPAN (B,L,D)
Hike to Fansipan (3143m sea level). First night in camp at 2050m sea level. O/N in camp.

Day 7:FANSIPAN (B,L,D)
Hike from the base camp to 2700m. O/N in camp. 

Day 8:FANSIPAN (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport for departure.

Day 9:FANSIPAN - HANOI (B,L,D)
Return from base camp to Sapa and take a night train back to Hanoi. O/N on the train.

Day 10:ARRIVAL IN HANOI (B,L,D)
Picked up at the railo station and drive down to Cuc Phuong N.P. Afternoon birdwatching in Cuc Phuong N.P. O/N in the park. 

Day 11:CUC PHUONG N.P (B,L,D)
Full day birdwatching in Cuc Phuong N.P. O/N in the park. 

Day 12:CUC PHUONG N.P (B,L,D)
Full day birdwatching in Cuc Phuong N.P. O/N at Bong substation.

Day 13:CUC PHUONG - HANOI - SAIGON (B,L,D)
Early morning birdwatching. Early afternoon drive back to Hanoi for late afternoon or evening flight to Saigon. O/N in Saigon.

Day 14:SAIGON - NAM CAT TIEN N.P (B,L,D)
Morning drive to Nam cat Tien N.P. Birdwatching and O/N in the park. 

Day 15:NAM CAT TIEN (B,L,D)
Morning drive to Crocodile lake for birdwatching. O/N in the park.

Day 16:NAM CAT TIEN N.P (B,L,D)
Drive to Duk Lua substation to bird. O/N in the park.

Day 17:NAM CAT TIEN N.P - BAO LOC (B,L,D)
Morning birdwatching in Nam Cat Tien N.P. Afternoon drive to Bao Loc. O/N in Bao Loc.

Day 18:BAO LOC - DALAT (B,L,D)
Morning birdwatching in Di Linh near Bao loc. Late afternoon drive to Dalat. O/N in Dalat.

Day 19:DALAT (B,L,D)
Morning drive to Tanung valley for birdwatching. Afternoon drive back to Dalat for O/N in Dalat. 

Day 20:DALAT (B,L,D)
Morning drive to Lang Biang Mt for birdwatching. Afternoon drive back to Dalat for O/N in Dalat.

Day 21:DALAT (B,L,D)
Morning drive to Tuyen Lam lake, take a boat to the other side for birdwatching near the Elephant Mt area. Afternoon drive back to Dalat for O/N in Dalat.

Day 22:DALAT - SAIGON - DEPARTURE (B, L)
Drive back to Saigon for late afternoon or evening departure. In case your flight before 3:00pm, then you need to spend one more night in Saigon.

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