Western Isan Birding Tour

bird on tree branch singing
common iora
Common Iora

5 Days

Khon Kaen to Khon Kaen

Nam Nao National Park is one of Thailand’s most underrated birdwatching destinations. The exceptional visibility in the forest allows clear sightings of species that are normally difficult to see; in particular Silver Pheasant, Bar-backed Partridge, Red-headed Trogon, Blue and Eared Pitta, and a profusion of Woodpeckers, Minivets, and Barbets. Besides walking the main network of forest trails, we’ll also head out to the Ban Paek Pine Forest and take a 4WD to get us deep into the park’s Phu Gum Khao section, which has a mix of forest and meadow.

Though rarely visited by foreigners, the remote and wildlife-rich Phu Khieo Wildlife Reserve is a favorite destination of many Thailand-based birdwatchers. It features a mix of forest, field, and lake and is excellent for White-winged Duck, Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, and Austen’s Brown Hornbill.

Tour Style
The Birdwatching Tours overview page has complete background information, including lodging and food details and a list of key species, for all our birdwatching tours.

Day 1 – Depart Khon Kaen at 5am and arrive at Nam Nao National Park around 7am.
Day 2 – Full day of birding in Nam Nao National Park.
Day 3 – Morning birding in Nam Nao National Park and afternoon birding in Phu Khieo Wildlife Reserve.
Day 4 – Full day of birding in Phu Khieo Wildlife Reserve.
Day 5 – Return to Khon Kaen in the late afternoon. Optional visit to a handicraft village or historic temple on the way back.

Make the most of your trip with our special add-on activities before, during, or after your tour.

chinese francolin
Chinese Francolin
barn swallows
Barn Swallow
orange-breasted trogon
Orange-breasted Trogon
ashy drongo
Ashy Drongo

Prices valid until March 2023.

Group Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+
Price Per Person 53,750 27,700 21,050 16,200 13,400 11,400 10,600 9,450 Ask

**Add 600 / 1,200 / 1,800 baht (1-2 / 3-6 / 7-8 people) for each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday night spent in Nam Nao National Park.

Price Includes
All sightseeing and activities as specified in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide and a local park ranger, entrance fees, transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, hotel transfers, accommodation, meals while at Phu Khieo, snacks and cold water in the vehicle, accident insurance, taxes, and pre-departure travel consultation.

Price Does Not Include
Transportation to Khon Kaen, meals and drinks not specified above, travel and medical insurance, personal expenses (such as laundry, souvenirs, snacks, etc.), tips/gratuities, visa fees (Thai visas are free or not required for most international visitors.), and any additional expenses incurred due to airline schedule changes, natural disasters, political actions, or other factors beyond our control.

Booking/Cancellation Policies
• For tours longer than one day, a non-refundable deposit of 30% is required as soon as possible after making your reservation.
• The full payment is due before the tour begins. This can be done after you arrive in Thailand, as long as you have access to sufficient funds before you depart on your tour.
• International payments are best done by bank transfer, and the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way is with TransferWise. Credit/debit cards can be used through TransferWise or other online wire transfer services. For people inside Thailand, we accept payment via cash (Thai baht, US dollars, British pounds, and euros), ATM transfer, and counter deposit to Siam Commercial Bank.
• If local taxes and/or fuel prices increase significantly, we reserve the right to add comparable surcharges.

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