Hue birds watching tour


Bird watching tour in Bach Ma National Park in Hue

The national park outside Hue is among the best in Vietnam, and spending a night or two here is highly recommended. The protected area stretches right across the country sideways, from the South China Sea to the western border with Laos. The 1450m summit of Bach Ma was used as a helicopter landing base by the American army during the war in Vietnam, and the area was heavily defoliated during the fighting, but has had about forty years to bounce back, and while the growth isn’t quite as lush as it might have been otherwise, it’s still uniformly green.

Forty-three species of mammal have been definitively recorded within the boundaries of the park, with a further 76 species, including tigers and leopards, potentially present. A recent victory in the wildlife stakes came with the discovery in 1992 of evidence of sao la, a previously unknown antelope-like creature whose footprints and horns were found. Two other animals were discovered in the late 1990s: the deer-like Truong Son muntjac and the giant muntjac. With enforced protection from poachers, there is hope that wild elephants, now restricted to the Lao side of the border, will return to seek the sanctuary of Bach Ma.
As most of the park’s resident mammals are nocturnal, sightings demand a great deal of effort and patience. Bird-watching is fantastic here, but you need to be up at dawn to get the best sightings. Of the 800-odd species of bird known to inhabit Vietnam, the park is home to some 330, including the fabulous crested argus pheasant and the tenacious Edwards’ pheasant – unseen and thought to be extinct for 50 years, it was recently discovered in the park’s buffer zone.

More than 1400 species of plant have been discovered here, representing a fifth of the flora of Vietnam. Among these, at least 430 species are medicinal plants, 33 produce essential oils, 26 are used for weaving and 22 bear edible fruit.

It was not until March 1998 that Bach Ma National Park began receiving visitors. Despite its tender age, the efforts of the park’s staff are laudable and they are hard at work protecting the area, working on community development with the ethnic minorities in the area and promoting sustainable ecotourism. Several young rangers here speak English well and there is an interesting display in the Visitor Centre, located at the park entrance. As well as plenty of natural-history information, there’s a huge crate of confiscated hunting tools, weaponry and the remains of a crashed helicopter.

Bach Ma is the wettest place in Vietnam, with the heaviest of the rain falling in October and November. With the wet weather come plenty of leeches. Still, even these months are not out of the question for visiting. The best time to visit Bach Ma is from February to September, particularly between March and June, for what’s likely to be the best weather.

Itinerary:

Private bird watching tour in 1 day

Day 2: Bach Ma bird watching (private tour)
5:00 am Pickup from your hotel and drive to Bach Ma National Park. Meet our local birding guide to start the bird tour: Short-tailed Scimitar-babbler, Red-collared Woodpecker, Silver Pheasant, Rufous throated Partridge and Blue-rumped Pitta, Blyth’s Kingfisher …
Breakfast and picnic lunch is ready on the way
After that hiking along forest trails to see the Rhododendron Fall (the beautiful and huge fall with the height of 3000m), swimming in the cool and clear streams of water, taking a rest at the huge rocks and have lunch

Continue to trek and climb over 5 cascade lakes
15:00 pm Start to return to Hue city. Tour end!

Package price:  usd /person (contact us)

Including: private car transfer, private local birding guides, picnic breakfast and water

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Private bird watching tour for 2 days /night

Day 1: Hue – Bach Ma (group tour)
8:00 am pick you up at your hotel in Hue City. Transfer to Bạch Mã National Park.
About 9:00am, stop at the Visitor Centre to be given an introduction about the park. Drive to the summit of Bach Ma and from this peak, Hai Vong Dai ( Sea-view tower), to see the wonderful panorama of mountains, lagoons and East Sea.
After that trekking along forest trails to the Five Lakes, swimming in the cool and clear streams of water and taking a rest at the huge rocks.

Picnic lunch at in the forest at the 5 Lakes

Continue to hike the Rhododendron Fall (the beautiful and huge fall with the height of 3000m) and Rhododendron flower forest with numerous legends about it. Take photos and watch the waterfall and cloudy mountains

Checkin the hotel in Bach Ma and have dinner
Including: transportation, picnic lunch, local guide, entrance fees, hotel accommodation, dinner

Day 2: Bach Ma bird watching (private tour)
5:30 am checkout. Driver and local birding guide pickup to start the bird tour: Short-tailed Scimitar-babbler, Red-collared Woodpecker, Silver Pheasant, Rufous throated Partridge and Blue-rumped Pitta, Blyth’s Kingfisher …
Breakfast is ready on the way
10:00 am Start to return to Hue city. Tour end!
Including: private car transfer, private local birding guides, picnic breakfast and water

Package price:  usd /person (contact us)