The Best Bird-watching Tour in Northern Vietnam - 7 Days

The Best Birding Tour in Northern Vietnam



Crimson Sunbird


Tour Fact Sheet


Location & Bird Highlight 

Cuc Phuong > Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped pitta, Ratchet-tailed Treepie,  White-winged Magpie, Pied Falconet, Red-Collared Woodpecker, White-tailed Flycatcher, Limestone Wren Babbler, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Red-vented Barbet, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Fork-tailed Sunbird.

Van Long >  Delacour langur or White-shorts langur (depend time), Pheasant-tailed Jacana, White-browed Crake, Asian Openbill, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, White-throated Kingfisher.

Tam Dao > Chestnut Bulbul, Coral – billed Scimitar Babbler, Grey Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar-babblers, Rufous-headed, Short-tailed Parrotbills, Purple Cochoa, Silver Pheasant, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Grey-backed Thrush, Japanese Thrush, Eye-browed and Black-breasted Thrushs, Blue Rock-thrush

Ba Be > White-eared Night Heron, Streaked Wren Babbler

Habitats Covered : Broadleaved evergreen forest, Wet Land, rice Filed, Mountain Forest, Pine Forest, Bamboo Forest 1,200 MSL., Lake. 
Tour pace & walking : Moderate 
Accommodation : Comfortable hotel
Photographic Opportunities : October – April is excellent 
Excellent Month & Climate : October – April / 12-25 C. 
Fairly Month & Climate : May - September / 20-32 C.



Short-tailed Parrotbill


The Itinerary


Destination : Hanoi - Cuc Phuong – Van Long – Tam Dao – Ba Be 
Duration : 7 days Tour
Bird leader : Bui Duc Tien - An expert local birder

Day 1 : Hanoi > Van Long Nature Reserved > Cuc Phuong
07:00 bird leader pick you up at Hotel ....................................................................
Or pick you up at the  Noi Bai Airport  flight detail……………...........……………………
Transfer 5 hr. to Cuc Phuong np., Take a stopping off on the way for Van Long wetland protected area (1 hour maybe more) then continue to Cuc Phuong National Park. Arrive there in the afternoon and then birding around in the afternoon. 
Meals : L / D
Overnight :  Guest House national park ( air-con., hot shower)

Day 2, 3 : Cuc Phuong
Two full days to do different trails in the park center. 
Meals : B / L / D
Overnight : Guest House national park 

Day 4 : Cuc Phuong > Tam Dao
An early morning birding then leave Cuc Phuong. Transfer 5 hr. to Tam Dao np., we stop for lunch on the way and then drive though Ha Noi city, you can enjoy or exciting with traffic, Ha Noi is a one of the world most high population motorbike in the city. Birding in the afternoon. 
Meals : B / L / D
Overnight :  Mela Hotel in Tam Dao town, 1000 m above sea level

Day 5 : Tam Dao
Birding all day inside park.
Meals : B / L  / D
Overnight :  Mela Hotel 

Day 6 : Tam Dao > Ba Be
After breakfast transfer 7 hr. to Ba Be, Lunch on the way, arrive on late afternoon and then take a boat trip to watching White-eared Night-Heron.
Meals : B / L / D
Overnight : Guest House national park ( air-con., hot shower)

Day 7 : Ba Be > Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport
Few hours birding trip on boat in early morning, then back to check out, transfer 6 hours to Hanoi City or Noi Bai International Airport for departure flight. 
Meals : B / L 

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner



Blue Rock-Thrush



The cost in US Dollar

Number person



3 - 4

5 - 6

Pay / person






- Local Bird Leader speak English with Telescope 
- Vehicle with fuel.
- Boat trip at Ba Be 
- Meals and refreshment as indicated
- Field equipment birder : Leech sock / Bird photography : Hide, Mew worm, Leech sock 
- Park entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Accommodations base share twin bed room


Excluded :
Sightseeing temple, Museum, Souvenirs, massage, any kind alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, extra bed in room, extra night.

Things to bring: 
 Light walking boots or sports shoes
 Long or short trousers and long-sleeved shirt 
 Mosquito repellent, hat, lotion sun block



Limestone Wren Babbler