Birdwatching Sites in Central Thailand
Lumpini Park (Bangkok)
Chatuchak Park (Bangkok)
Suan Rot Fai Park (Bangkok)
Puttamonkol Park (Thonburi)
Mae Wong National Park (Kampheng Pet)
Klong Laan National Park (Kampheng Pet)
Beung Borapet (Nakorn Sawan)
Nam Nao National Park (Petchabun)
Tat Mok Waterfall National Park (Petchabun)
Tung Salaeng Luang National Park (Pitsanulok)
Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park (Pitsanulok)
Phu Soi Dao National Park (Pitsanulok)
Kaeng Chet Kwae National Park (Pitsanulok)
Bang Poo Pier (Samut Prakan)
Muang Boran (Samut Prakan)
Kok Kahm (Samut Sakorn)
Note: Text reviews are not complete for sites marked with an asterisk.
The list is organized alphabetically in order of the provinces where the sites are located. Reviews for some sites are currently in the works or have been postponed to a later date. If you are in need of specific information which pertains to a site which is not reviewed, please contact me by e-mail and I will try to assist with whatever information I have available.
Birding in Central Thailand
The Central Plains are lush, fertile and well-watered. For generations it has served as Thailand’s rice bowl, blessing the kingdom with agricultural riches. Most of the lowlands are cultivated, leaving little forest available, save that which can be found on the hills. Today, the only remnants of old forests left standing are found on the far west along the border with Burma, or on the southeast near the eastern seaboard region.
Bird life in this region has declined dramatically since the 1950’s, with most of Thailand’s larger birds such as vultures and storks being persecuted to extinction. Recent demands to modernize the outlying areas around the larger towns and cities have also put many important sites at risk. Many birds have been forced to move into urban areas and it is not uncommon nowdays to find some migrants such as Blue Winged Pitta in gardens in downtown Bangkok, or in municipal parks within the city limits.
Most of the national parks in the region are located in the still-forested north and northeast of the sector where rugged hills and mountains made logging impossible. However, many birders will find that birdwatching in this region is not only restricted to the national parks; in fact, many interesting species of open country birds can be seen in the cultivated patches of land.
Thankfully, with a little added protection, some species are beginning to make a comeback.
The Central region is comprised of 22 provinces: Ang Thong, Bangkok, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Sawan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri and Uthai Thani.