Birdwatching Sites in Northeastern Thailand
- Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary (Chaiyaphum)
- Phu Wiang National Park (Khon Kaen)
- Na Haeo National Park (Loei)
- Phu Reua National Park (Loei)
- Phu Pa Maan National Park (Loei)
- Phu Kradeung National Park (Loei)
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary (Loei)
- Khao Yai National Park (Nakorn Rachasima)
- Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary (Nong Khai)
- Nong Han Kumphawapi Marsh (Udorn Thani)
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 Northeastern Thailand
The northeast is a large plateau which is mostly comprised of dry, sandy soil. Much of the land has been deforested for centuries, and 80% of the population ply their trade as farmers. Droughts are commonplace in the summers and in the monsoon season, flooding is an all-too common occurrence. Mudslides often occur around deforested hills, resulting in loss of many lives, property and livelihood.
Few specialities are found in this area as most species found in the plains of the northeast are open-country birds which are also present throughout most of Thailand. The bulk of the birding sites are religated to the areas which are still forested, mostly around the northwest and southeastern areas near the borders with Laos and Cambodia. The decline in bird species can be attributed to the active appetities of the local peoples who are known to literally eat anything that moves. Knowing this helps to answer the question as to why the resources of the region are in such short supply.
[To view a map of all the birdwatching locations in Northeastern Thailand, click here]
The northeast has been populated by the Tai peoples since the founding of the First Dynasty in China.
The Northeast is comprised of 19 provinces: Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Sisaket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Yasothon.