VIETNAM PHOTO TOUR

VIETNAM

DURATION : 11 days and 10 nights

PHYSICAL LEVEL : Easy

Tour Dates

Session 1: Feb 12 – 22, 2025 ( 2 spots available )

COST (In USD)

$5150 per person in sharing accommodations and $5850 for a single supplement.

INCLUSION

  • Lodging as specified.
  • Meals as specified
  • Stainless steel flask for water.
  • Private transfers to and from hotels on first and last days.
  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus.
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Entrance fees for all described activities.
  • Taxes on all services listed above.

EXCLUSION

  • Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.
  • Non-mealtime soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Visa fees
  • International/personal airfare
  • Insurance
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary
  • Domestic flight from Campo Grande to Cuiaba and domestic flight from Cuiaba to Sao Paulo 

Welcome to the enchanting world of avian wonder in Vietnam! Embark on an unforgettable journey with Tropical Photo Tours, where every moment is a captivating snapshot waiting to be captured. Our bird photography tour invites you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Vietnam’s diverse landscapes, from lush tropical forests to serene wetlands and vibrant coastal regions.

Prepare to be mesmerized as you venture into the heart of some of Southeast Asia’s most biodiverse habitats, home to an astonishing array of bird species. Under the guidance of expert photographers and seasoned naturalists, you’ll have the opportunity to observe and photograph an incredible variety of avian life, from rare endemics to migratory visitors.

Your tour leader will not only guide you to prime photography spots but also offer invaluable insights into refining your photography skills. Learn the art of setting up perches to attract and photograph birds in their natural habitats, and gain hands-on experience in optimizing camera settings for the perfect shot.

Whether you’re an experienced bird photographer or just beginning to spread your wings, our tour is designed to cater to all skill levels. With exclusive access to prime birding locations and carefully curated itineraries, you’ll have ample opportunities to capture stunning images while learning about the fascinating behaviors and ecological importance of each species.

Join us as we explore the hidden gems of Vietnam’s birding hotspots, where every click of the shutter opens a window to the breathtaking beauty of the avian world. Unleash your creativity, sharpen your photography skills, and create memories to cherish for a lifetime on Tropical Photo Tours’ bird photography adventure in Vietnam.

DETAILED ITINERARY

We'll meet and welcome by Tan Son Nhat airport, Ho Chi Minh City. You will be transferred to the hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure. We will have a welcome dinner in the evening. Night at HCM city.

(No meals included on this day)

Full day at leisure. Night at HCM city.

Meals: B, D only

Pick up at your hotel and drive to Ma Da forest, 2.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, located between Ho Chi Minh City and Cat Tien National Park. Main targets in Ma Da bird hides: Indochinese Green Magpie, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Indochinese Babbler. In the afternoon we will go to Cat Tien National Park, the largest remaining lowland rainforest in Vietnam, and one of the best birding destinations in the country, and harbours an incredible diversity of wildlife, including over 350 bird species has been recorded. We will arrive in time to begin our exploration of this wonderful park. Night at Cat Tien National Park.

Expected birds in Ma Da Bird Hides: Indochinese Green Magpie, Bar-bellied Pitta (near endemic), Blue-rumped Pitta (near endemic), Silver-breasted Broadbill, Laced Woodpecker, Indochinese Babbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Abbott's Babbler, Black-crested Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Gray-eyed Bulbul, Ochraceous Bubul, White-rumped Shama, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Indochinese Blue Flycatcher,…and more. 

Travel time: 2.5 hours + 2.5 hours
Meals: B, L,D

We will have two full days birding in this wonderful park, the largest remaining lowland rainforest in Vietnam, and one of the best birding destinations in the country. We will spend most of our time at bird hides, our main targets include: Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Germain's Peacock Pheasant, Siamese Fireback. We will explore some birding trails and look for other beautiful birds such as Green Peafowl, Orange-breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher and the beautiful species of broadbills. We also have a chance to see the most, especially primates "Black-shanked Douc Langur" and "Yellow-cheeked Gibbon". Nights at Cat Tien National Park.

Expected birds in Cat Tien Bird Hides: Siamese Fireback, Green-legged Partridge, Germain's Peacock- Pheasant (Near Endemic), Blue-rumped Pitta (Near Endemic), Bar-bellied Pitta (Near Endemic), Black-crested Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Gray-eyed Bulbul, Puff- throated Babbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Abbott's Babbler, White-rumped Shama, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Indochinese Blue Flycatcher,…and more.

Expected birds on Cat Tien Birding Trails: Gray- faced Tit-Babbler (Near Endemic), Indochinese Babbler (Near Endemic - Subspecies), Green Peafowl, Orange- breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Black-and-red Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, woodpeckers, sunbirds,…and more.

Expected mammals: Black-shanked Douc Langur, Yellow-cheeked Gibbon.

Meals: B, L,D

After some final birding at Cat Tien we will drive north to Da Lat Plateau for a three nights stay. We will arrive in time to begin our exploration of Da Lat Plateau, the place with the largest number of endemic species and specialties of Vietnam. Night at Da Lat City.

Travel time: 5 hours

Meals: B,L,D

We will have two full days to explore the excellent birding sites and bird-hides in Da Lat Plateau. Our main targets in the bird hides include the beautiful endemic "Collared Laughingthrush" and the rare "Rusty-naped Pitta". Most of the time, we will explore some birding sites around Da Lat look for many beautiful birds such as Dalat Shrike-Babbler (Endemic), Vietnamese Cutia (Endemic), Langbian Sunbird (Endemic - Subspecies), Annam Sunbird (Near Endemic - Subspecies), Vietnamese Greenfinch (Endemic), Red Crossbill and other specalties. Nights at Da Lat City. 

Expected birds in Da Lat Bird Hides: Collared Laughingthrush (Endemic), Rusty-naped Pitta, Indochinese Wren Babbler (Near Endemic), White-cheeked Laughingthrush (Near Endemic), Langbian Lesser Shortwing (Near Endemic - Subspecies), Gray-bellied Tesia, White-browed Scimitar- Babbler, Siberian Thrush, Orange-headed Thrush, Rufous- browed Flycatcher, Large Niltava, White-tailed Robin, Snowy- browed Flycatcher,…and more.

Expected birds on Da Lat Birding Trails: Vietnamese Cutia (Endemic), Gray-crowned Crocias (Endemic), Vietnamese Greenfinch (Endemic), Dalat Shrike-Babbler (Endemic), Indochinese Barbet (Near Endemic), Annam Minivet (Endemic - Subspecies), Langbian Tit (Endemic - Subspecies), White- spectacled Sibia (Endemic - Subspecies), Plain Minla (Near Endemic - Subspecies), Annam Sunbird (Near Endemic - Subspecies),…and more.

Meals: B, L ,D

 After some final birding at Da Lat Plateau this morning, we will drive south to Di Linh town. In the afternoon we will start the exploration of the Deo Nui San area. Night at Di Linh town.

Travel time: 2.5 hours

Meals: B, L,D

Today we will a full day birding at Deo Nui San, a pass surrounded by impressive forested hills. Our main targets here include Blue Pitta, Black-headed Parrotbill (Near Endemic) and Silver-breasted Broadbill. Night at Di Linh town.

Expected birds in Di Linh Bird Hides: Blue Pitta, Blue- rumped Pitta (Near Endemic), Black-headed Parrotbill (Near Endemic), Silver-breasted Broadbill, White-bellied Erpornis, Ochraceous Bulbul, Brown-backed Bulbul (Near Endemic - Subspecies), White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Siberian Thrush, Orange-headed Thrush, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, White-throated Rock-Thrush,…and more.

Meals: B, L,D

After some final birding at Deo Nui San before driving back to Ho Chi Minh City for your departure flights.

Travel time: 5.5 hours

Meals: B, L

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
  • All figures in USD per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
  • A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
  • For Travel Insurance Quotes visit: www.insuremytrip.com
  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
    CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
  • All figures in USD per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation.
  • A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
  • For Travel Insurance Quotes visit: www.insuremytrip.com
  • Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
    CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year
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