Birdwatching Sites in Eastern Thailand
- Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary (Chachoengsao)
- Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary (Chantaburi)
- Plieo Waterfall National Park (Chantaburi)
- Khao Keow Open Zoo (Chonburi)
- Chan Takien Forest Park (Chonburi)
- Bang Pra Wildlife Conservation and Breeding Station (Chonburi)
- Thap Laan National Park (Prachinburi)
- Kabin Chalerm Rat Park (Prachinburi)
- Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park (Rayong)
- Pang Sida National Park (Sa Kaeo)
- Ha Sip Chan Waterfall (Sa Kaeo)
- Mu Koh Chang Marine National Park (Trat)
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 Eastern Thailand
The eastern seaboard is better known for its tourist attractions and manufacturing prowess than for its natural significance. Yet behind the bustle and bright lights of Pattaya, Koh Chang and Baang Saen lie a world almost completely forgotten my modern man. The forests along this particular part of the country are unique as they are home to the last remnants of Indo-Chinese bird species such as Bar bellied Pitta, Blue rumped Pitta and Short-tailed Magpie.
The open seas and outlying islands were once havens for many pelagic seabirds as well, as evidenced by a Streaked Shearwater which was blown deep inland by a typhoon in 1967 (Lekagul and Round, 1990).
[To view a map of all the birdwatching locations in Eastern Thailand, click here]
All this shows that this area, despite its raucous party atmosphere and industrial dominance, is still a vital and important part of Thailand’s biodiversity and should be carefully preserved.
The seven eastern provinces are Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Prachin Buri, Rayong, Sa Kaeo and Trat.