Thailand: Birding with a Camera Tour

Thailand: Birding with a Camera Tour

The American Birding Association, in partnership with Tropical Birding Tours, invites you to join the ABA Thailand ‘BwC’ Tour. Thailand is one of the finest birding destinations on Earth and holds some of Asia’s coolest looking birds: glittering pheasants, gargantuan hornbills, luminous leafbirds, vivid sunbirds, and languid laughing-thrushes. This trip explores the northeastern mountains on the Myanmar border and mid-elevation forests of central Thailand. In addition to its world-class cuisine and excellent tourist infrastructure this makes an ideal introduction to Asia, but equally, it is a destination even an experienced Oriental birder will love. Wildlife is secretive in Thailand, but we might see elephants, deer, and plenty of primates. Extensions to Cambodia (14–18 Feb pre-tour), including the World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, and the Malay Peninsula (1–7 March post-tour) are on offer for those that want the complete SE Asia experience.

18 February – 1 March 2019
$3750 per person in double or twin room
$4100 per person in single room

In partnership with Tropical Birding Tours, we invite you to join the ABA Thailand Birding with a Camera (BwC) Tour.

The BwC tour concept is a perfect hybrid trip for people that enjoy photographing birds as much as they enjoy seeing and watching them. We balance finding and watching as many birds as possible, while also trying to take great photos of them. We still target endemics and other specialties, but if the opportunity presents itself, we will quickly switch over to photography. We will also try to see and photograph other animals if any are around. The idea is that you see and capture as many great images of a wide variety of subjects as possible. The very low participant to leader ratio (8:1) on this tour makes it a high-quality product, with lots of personal attention.

Tropical Birding was responsible for the very successful ABA Ecuador conference in 2006. A huge part of that success was our attention to detail, calling each and every participant to gauge their expectations and place them in a group that met their needs. We will have ‘tracks’ that will vary from serious hard-core lister to general birder to serious photographer and your leaders will tweak the intensity and activities to ensure you get the most out of your trip to Asia. We will also find out if people prefer to
learn photography or just do it; what gear they likely have for the trip; and their general fitness. We can then put people into the best group that fits their interest and focus.

Depending on overall numbers and focus, we may arrange for separate tracks to travel around the country in varying order. But of course, everyone will visit each locality mentioned on the itinerary. Either way, we all start and end in Bangkok. And groups will overlap during the middle of the tour for the days in Doi Ang Khang, where there will be plenty of time for socializing.