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Birdwatching Sites in Northern Thailand

Doi Pahompok National Park (Chiang Mai)

Doi Intanon National Park (Chiang Mai)

Doi Sutep – Doi Pui National Park (Chiang Mai)

Doi Wiang Pha National Park (Chiang Mai)

Huay Nam Dung National Park (Chiang Mai)

Khun Kaan National Park (Chiang Mai)

Mae Takhrai National Park (Chiang Mai)

Mae Tho National Park (Chiang Mai)

Mae Wang National Park (Chiang Mai)

Obp Luang National Park (Chiang Mai)

Obp Kaan National Park (Chiang Mai)

Pha Daeng National Park (Chiang Mai)

Sri Lanna National Park (Chiang Mai)

Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary (Chiang Mai)

Doi Angkang (Chiang Mai)

Doi Lang (Chiang Mai)

Mae Dtang Irrigation Station (Chiang Mai)

Huay Hong Krai Watershed Station (Chiang Mai)

Mae Hia Agricultural University (Chiang Mai)

Mae Jo University (Chiang Mai)

Huay Tung Tao Bike Track (Chiang Mai)

Wat Tum Chiang Dao Temple (Chiang Mai)

Thatorn, Fang (Chiang Mai)

Tum Ngam, Chaiprakan (Chiang Mai)

Doi Luang National Park (Chiang Rai)

Khun Chae National Park (Chiang Rai)

Lam Nak Kok National Park

Chiang Saen Lake Wildlife Sanctuary (Chiang Rai)

Phu Chee Fah Forest Park (Chiang Rai)

Mekong River – Golden Triangle (Chiang Rai)

Yonok Wetlands Conservation Area (Chiang Rai)

Chae Son National Park (Lampang)

Doi Ching National Park (Lampang)

Mae Wa National Park (Lampang)

Tum Phathai National Park (Lampang)

Doi Khun Taan National Park (Lampoon)

Mae Ping National Park (Lampoon)

Mae Ngao National Park (Mae Hong Sorn)

Namtok Mae Surin National Park (Mae Hong Sorn)

Salawin Forest National Park (Mae Hong Sorn)

Tum Pla – Namtok Phaseua National Park (Mae Hong Sorn)

Doi Phu Kaa National Park (Nan)

Khun Nan National Park (Nan)

Khun Satharn National Park (Nan)

Mae Charim National Park (Nan)

Nunthaburi National Park (Nan)

Sri Nan National Park (Nan)

Tum Sakern National Park (Nan)

Doi Phu Nang National Park (Prae)

Mae Peum National Park (Prae)

Poosarng National Park (Prae)

Klong Tron National Park (Uttradit)

Lam Nam Nan National Park (Uttradit)

Pu Soi Dao National Park (Uttradit)

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 Northern Thailand

The northern region of Thailand is home to hundreds of fantastic bird species.  It is one of the best regions for  birding and attracts hundreds of local and international birdwatchers every year. Birding in the north is somewhat easier than in the south, as the birds are not as skittish or skulking and prefer to move about in large groups or “bird waves”.

Birders also appreciate the fact that the region is magnet for many rare and endangered migratory species, such as Baer’s Pochard and River Tern. It also accounts for many new locality records for the country, the most recent being Wallcreeper, discovered by Mr. Manod Taengtum in the beginning of 2012.

I was born in Chiang Mai and began my birding career there, so I have many fond memories of the north.

Most of the terrain in the north in mountainous. It is home to Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Intanon, and roughly 70% of Thailand’s highest peaks are located in the region.

[To view a map of all the birdwatching locations in Northern Thailand, click here]

Northern forests, unlike most of the country, are comprised primarily of mixed deciduous trees which shed their leaves in the dry season due to water stress. Old forest can still be found in some parts, watered by tributaries which flow into the valleys from the mountains before draining into the central plains.

Despite being home to many wonderful national parks and wildlife sanctuatires, the environment is constantly under attack from local hilltribes, deforestation and hunting pressure. With a little added protection, this area should continue to delight birders for decades to come.

The North is comprised of nine provinces: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phrae and Uttaradit.

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