Sugar Gliders – Sudden Blindness

A lot has been happening with my pair of sugar gliders in the past month. First, my male sugar glider had some health problems earlier in the month. The day that I returned from New Zealand, I looked into the cage and found him in a sad state, clutching to the bottom. It took me a few minutes to remove him because his grip on the wire was so tight. I brought him out and placed him in a shoe box.

For the next few days, I fed him gliderade (a commercial sugar water mix for sugar gliders) four times a day with a small spoon. At first, he resisted and I practically forced the liquid down his throat. Once he realized that the liquid was sweet and tasty, he started licking up the gliderade on his own. After about three days, I returned him to his mate and his cage because I knew sugar gliders love having company. I was afraid that keeping him isolated would prevent him from recovering. He seemed to have difficulty orientating himself in the cage and would immediately start climbing up. Once he got to the top, he would crawl around upside down until he reached the birds’ nest handing down and then perched himself there. Every time I saw him, he was sitting on top of that birds’ nest.

I started to think that perhaps this glider was blind. I was handling him frequently to check on his  health and he never tried to run from my hand when I reached in to get him. He never bit, which I would expect from a blind creature who is scared, but when he was in my hands, we would flail his two front legs around as if to touch and nearby objects. Also, when I placed him on my shoulder, he simply sat there. Normally, he would crawl all over my body, giving me little scratches from his sharp claws all over. I was suprised at this behavior and it really confirmed my suspicions.

I still don’t know for sure if the male sugar glider is blind since I cannot run any tests. I just have my observations. However, he seems to have adapted to his blindness. Early on, this mate would be found licking him and grooming him and she was happy to have him back. He learned to find the food on the bottom of the cage and in the food cup, as well as the water bottle. I tried not to move any of the nest boxes so that he would be able to find them from memory. He appears more tame now, if only because he cannot see where to go and therefore doesn’t dare to explore around the room now. I am extra careful now not to leave the cage open because if he gets out, I’m afraid he would be lost forever in the house. For now though, he seems to have adjusted to his blindness and as long as he can live without his sight, everythings appears to be okay.

Luxury Hotel in Chiangmai – The Chedi

Those of you looking for an inspiring retreat can find comfortable and luxurious accommodations at The Chedi in Chiang Mai. This 5 star hotel is situated along the banks of the Mae Ping River and in walking distance of the city’s Night Bazaar and Day Market.

When I visited, the spacious courtyards and pool areas were beautiful and immaculate. I really loved the contemporary Asian style and design throughout the resort. The rooms exhibited great attention to detail and the finest materials. The staff was helpful and provided excellent service.

The Chedi offer quality resort living with 32 Chedi Club Suites and 52 Deluxe Rooms. They also offers spa services, fine dining venues, business and recreational facilities that busy professionals will appreciate.

The Chedi is managed by GHM Hotels.

Hotel Details 

The Chedi Club Suite 

Size: total 105 sqm, indoor 73 sqm, outdoor 27 sqm

More than double the size of the Deluxe Rooms, each suite consists of a private courtyard entrance which leads to the main sitting area. There is a lounge and dining space within th open plan bedroom. The large balcony features a day bed big enough for two. The bathroom is comprised of a separate bathtub and shower room.

Suite guests have access to The Chedi Club Lounge were the complimentary breakfasts are served. They also enjoy complimentary butler service, laundry, dry cleaning and pressing service, mini-bar and airport transfers.

Deluxe Room

Size: total 50 sqm, indoor 36 sqm, outdoor 14 sqm

Each room includes a private courtyard and entrance leading into the bedroom. The bathroom is comprised of a separate bathtub and shower room. In comparison to The Chedi Club Suite, the Deluxe room is essentially missing the lounge and dining area, double vanity, dressing area and walk-in closet.

Resort Facilities & Guest Services

  • Library
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fully-equipped Fitness Centre
  • Yoga/Aerobics Room
  • Boutique
  • Baby Sitting
  •  Laundry, Dry Cleaning and Pressing
  • Car Rental (with or without driver)

Restaurants and Bars

The Restaurant is housed in a split-level colonial style wooden building and offers Thai, Indian and International cuisine. The culinary dishes are complemented with an extensive wine list. Private dining rooms are also available for special occasions.

The Terrace Barand Lounge is situated on the second floor of the Restaurant and offers refreshments, cocktails and snacks. While seated in a cozy day bed, you can view the River Ping. It is a charming venue for pre- and post-dinner drinks.

The Lobby Loungeis the first thing you see as you enter The Chedi. Located on the ground floor of the main building, you can enjoy Northern Thai music, light snacks and refreshments in an open air setting.

The Chedi Club Lounge is exclusively for Suite guests. This private lounge serves the complimentary daily continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails.

Pricing

Prices for accommodations at The Chedi start at around 10,000 baht and are subject to 10% service charge, government taxes and may change without prior notice.

Bird Tourism in Thailand

 Thailand is a perfect vacation spot for the avid birder looking to do some serious birding while enjoying the landscape and culture of an exotic country. Located in the northwest of Southeast Asia which bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia its 513,115 square kilometers, Thailand boasts 995 bird species. Most of the bird species found here are also found in the plains of Myanmar to the west, Indochina to the east and Malaysia in the south. The treasures that one can find in Thailand range from delicate handicrafts to spicy food and even vast mountain ranges and friendly people. It has been attracting tourists in large numbers for decades, but before the human tourists there have been tourists of the avian kind.

The country of Thailand is physically diverse. The landscape varies from tropical lowland to mountains of evergreen and deciduous forests. There are also pine, scrub and freshwater swamp forests. The variety of habitats means that Thailand offers numerous niches for birds to occupy.  As a result, Thailand is bird rich compared to many other countries around the world. There are a number of resident species and many more migrants that come to breed or on feed in Thailand on their migration routes. It is therefore possible to see many species of bird throughout Thailand all year round, although there are peak periods and variability depending on the region.

Generally, the weather in Thailand is hot and humid which is good for birding. Frequent rain storms and floods can be a bother during the rainy season. In most cases, rain poncho and water resistant boots should keep the rain off you while you are in the field. The best weather for birding though is normally in the winter months when the rainy season ends and the weather is cooler.

As for bird tourism, Thailand offers diversity of bird species as well as easy access to birding sites. Many good birding sites are protected by the national park system. Within the parks you’ll find tree dependent species such as woodpeckers and hornbills. Smaller birds like jungle babblers, sunbirds, flycatcher and flower-peckers can be found. Aside from national parks, there are areas of seconday growth forests, grasslands, lowland water swamp, wetland and coastal areas which also support a great variety of open country and water birds worth investigating.

Transportation is easy to arrange to get to and from these parks, either via van or bus. Thailand’s public bus system is an economical and easy way to travel around the country. For those wanting private transportation, there are many package tours to choose from or vans can be hired by the day. The infrastructure within the parks, and in Thailand as a whole, allows visitors access via road and hiking trails.

Accommodations are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. Most national parks have park run accommodation in the form of camp sites, lodges and even resorts. Often, there are privately run resorts and guesthouses for visitors that opt to stay outside of the park. Accommodations vary by price and location, but with a little research you should be able to find clean accommodations in your price range that meets your needs.

Depending on your comfort with independent travel and price range, you should be able to make the necessary travel arrangements to reach your chosen destination, a place to sleep and shower, good Thai food and a return trip. The birds are the only aspect of the trip which cannot be arranged in advance, but while birding for a few days in Thailand you are sure to spy many of the bird species that draws so many birders from around the world.

Folding Bike and taking the MRT

This is  a video from a guy who regularly takes the MRT in Singapore with a foldable bike. He has given guidelines to help people who are interesting in commuting with a folding bike on the MRT or similar mass transport system.

Based on your experience level, you can either fold your bike completely and put it in a bag, carry the bike fully collapsed but not in a bag or, as the video shows, you are roll your bike along in a semi-collapse form like a trolley. Here’s a complete blog on how to convert your bike into the 3 modes (bike, trolly, carry).

For a complete breakdown of the 3 different methods of traveling with a folding bike on the MRT, check out this blog.

National Geographic’s World’s 25 Best New Adventures for 2007

This is a list created by National Geographic of the 25 best adventure trips in 2007. These destinations will be sure to broaden your horizons and give you a new perspective. Even though 2007 is almost over, it’s never too late to go out and explore your world.

The World’s 25 Best New Adventures for 2007
(listed alphabetically)
Africa
1. Rwanda: Tracking mountain gorillas 
        Outfitter:
Governors’ Camp

2. Tanzania: Sustainable island travel and game safari
        Outfitter: Seacology

3. Zambia: Safari in Kafue National Park
        Outfitter: Wilderness Safaris

Asia
4. China: Biking lush rural hinterlands
        Outfitter:
Bike Asia

5. Bhutan: Trekking remote valleys
        Outfitter:
Wilderness Travel

6. Russia: Kayaking Lake Baikal
        Outfitter: H2Outfitters

7. Thailand and Malaysia: Cruising tsunami-recovered islands
        Outfitter: National Geographic Expeditions

Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand
8. Antarctica: Discovering a penguin colony
        Outfitter: Zegrahm Expeditions

9. Australia: Exploring an undeveloped shore
        Outfitter: World Expeditions

10. New Zealand: Multisport backcountry odyssey
        Outfitter: Active New Zealand

Europe
11. Croatia and Montenegro: Rafting and hiking the Balkans
        Outfitter: Mountain Travel Sobek

12. Georgia: Hiking the Caucasus Mountains
        Outfitter: Explorers’ Corner

13. Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland: Biking Budapest to Krakow
        Outfitter: Backroads

Latin America
14. Argentina and Chile: Trekking in Patagonia
        Outfitter: Geographic Expeditions

15. Brazil: Sailing the coast in a colonial vessel
        Outfitter: GAP Adventures

16. Mexico: Tracking gray whales
        Outfitter: Earthwatch Institute

17. Peru: Multisport exploration of the Cordillera Azul    
        Outfitter: Sierra Club Outings

North America
18. Alaska: Cruising the Inside Passage
        Outfitter: Lindblad Expeditions

19. British Columbia: Paddling the Great Bear Rainforest coast       
        Outfitter: Pacific Northwest Expeditions

20. British Columbia: Cycling the Okanagan Valley
        Outfitter: Austin-Lehman Adventures

21. California to Maine: Weekend getaways
        Outfitter: REI Adventures
 
22. Northwest Territories: Paddling and hiking the tundra
        Outfitter: Black Feather

23. Washington: Climbing the Ptarmigan Traverse
        Outfitter: Mountain Madness

24. Wyoming: Climbing the Grand Teton
        Outfitter: Exum Mountain Guides

World-Wide Trips
25. Flying Around the Globe: Peru, Chile, Samoa, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, India, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, and Morocco                    Outfitter: World Wildlife Fund

How to Set Up a Backyard Archery Range

If you have the space in your backyard, you can try your hand at setting up your own archery range. With your own private practice range, you can easily shoot several times a week and not have any excuses to shoot regularly. You’ll be amazed at the improvement in you archery abilities with consistent practice schedule. 
 
1.   Location – Find a spot for your range. You need a place with a shooting position that allows enough space behind or to the side for onlookers to watch safely.  
 
2.   Space – Make sure the spot has at least 25 to 30 yards of space between the shooter and the target. More space is always better. With a longer strip you can set your target up at different distances as you improve.  
 
3.  Behind the Target – Create a way of catching arrows that miss the target. There might just be an open field behind your range, or it could be a wall behind your target. The key here is to make sure that wherever your arrows land, they will not harm any persons or property.  
 
4.   Targets – Place your targets in the proper location always taking safety into consideration.  Measure the distance from the shooter to the target for your own aiming reference.  These distances can be modified as needed.
 
5.   Shoot – Get a stand for arrows and a pen and paper to keep score. Observe all safety rules and use common sense whenever shooting. 

Tips:

  • Set up your range in a way that allows you to leave it set up. You’ll definitely do more shooting that way. 
  • If you need to build a wall to catch your misses, hay bales are great for stopping arrows without damaging them. 
  • Examine your arrows at the end of every archery session and repair damaged ones immediately.

Warning:  

  • Always make sure the area around and behind the target is clear before you shoot.  
  • Use common sense in locating your archery range and make sure other people know the safety rules associated with the sport of archery.

Thai Advertising Using Female “Kaa sayers”

In Thailand you’ll often see scantily clad Thai women advertising products. Normally, you’ll see these females walking around a crowded area or located by a booth of some sort. They are also known as the “kaa sayers” because they are also calling out to you “Try this, kaa” “A good new tea, kaa” “Not expensive, kaa.” You get the idea. The male version of this is the “krup sayers,” but they don’t stand out as much as their female counterparts.

Their job is to attract you to the product that they are advertising and catch your attention long enough for you to take notice. These women don’t have a hard time catching male attention as they are usually pretty girls with tons of makeup on wearing short skirts or shorts with strappy tops. Go to Chactuchak or MBK any weekend and you’ll bound to run into a few group of people dress in interesting costume. If you are lucky, they might perform a cheer or give you a free sample.  

Of course, using females as advertising agents isn’t an unusual phenomenon. We see women being used in sexy poses and swimsuits to advertise a variety of things like concrete items such as cars and cigarettes to more abstract ideas like love and lust. It seems a little out of place in Thailand though since it is a Buddhist country and as such normal is conservative towards the way women should dress and behave in public. But then again, Thailand does having a thriving sex trade and is well-known for its bar girls and go-go bars.

Watch the video to see how to see women dancing very provocatively at the Motor Show in April 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand. This is atypical in most public areas unless you are searching out this kind of performance (in areas like Patpong and Pattaya this would be commonplace) so seeing it at a Motor Show such as this is unexpected.

Sexy Dance Motor Show 2007 Bangkok Thailand 3
Sexy Dance Motor Show 2007 Bangkok Thailand 3

An 8 min video of several women performing different routines edited together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQe6dq2yjYw

BBC’s Big Read

This is a list of the BBC’s top books to read that was presented in the BBC’s Big Read in 2003. The Big Read series was broadcast on BBC Two from 18 October to 13 December. They were nominated as the best-loved novels in the UK. These books also represent major literary contributions that are worth the time to read for pleasure or if you would like to be more “well read.”

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

101 to 200
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. LawrenceLife of Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews

Birdwatching Sites in Thailand

Thailand is scattered with national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that are prime locations to observe birds or go on birding trips. There are about 96 national parks, 100 wildlife sanctuaries and non-hunting areas, 65 forest parks, watersheds and biosphere reserves that are protected legally.


Some of the wildlife and non hunting sanctuaries adjoin one another. Most of the parks are accessible by road, offer simple accommodation and charge a small admission fee. In the larger ones such as Khao Yai, rangers can be hired as guides for long treks. Wildlife sanctuaries are not tourism areas, however, so visitors must bring food and camping gear and observe the no disturbance rules set up to protect the animals.

  1. Birds can be seen all year round, but November-February is the migration period. This is the best time of year to look for birds, especially in the north were the weather is cooler.
  2. During March-June is the next best time to go birding, since passage migrants and resident species are breeding. The best areas in this time is the West, Southwest and the South.
  3. The rainy season lasts from July-October and there is less bird activity. There are the resident species, breeding visitors and during August-October there are some passage migrants.

CENTRAL or AREAS NEAR BANGKOK

  • BANGPU, Samutprakarn
  • KHOK KHAM, Samutsakhon
  • PAK TALE, LAEM PHAKBIA, Petchburi
  • KAMPANGSAEN, Nakhonpratom
  • RANGSIT, Pratumthani
  • SOUTH EAST

  • BANG PRA Reservoire, KHAO KHIEO Wildlife Sanctuary, Chonburi
  • NORTHEAST 

  • KHAO YAI National Park, Nakhonsratchsima
  • LIMESTONE OUTCROP in Saraburi
  • SAB SADAO Sub-station of Tab Lan National Park,Nakhonrachsima
  • SOUTH and SOUTH WEST

  • KAENG KRACHAN National Park, Petchburi
  • KHAO SAM ROI YOT National Park, Prachuabkirikhan
  • KORENG-KAVIA Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanchanaburi
  • TUNG YAI Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanchanaburi
  • LOWER NORTH

  • BUENG BORAPHET Non-hunting area, Nakhonsawan
  • MAE WONG National Park, Kampangpetch
  • NORTH

  • DOI INTHANON National Park, Chiangmai
  • DOI PUI-SUTHEP National Park, Chiangmai
  • AREAS IN CHIANGMAI
  • DOI CHIANGDAO Wildlife Sanctuary, Chiangmai
  • DOI ANGKHANG, Chiangmai
  • THA TON, Chiangmai
  • DOI LANG, Chiangmai
  • CHIANGSAEN, Chiangrai
  • SOUTH

  • KHAO NOR CHUCHI (or Khao Pra-Bang Kam Wildlift Sanctuary), Krabi
  • KRABI mangrove, rivermouth, BAN NAI CHONG and KOH PHI PHI
  • AREAS in Phang-nga and KOH SIMILAN National Park
  • Top 5 Birdwatching Tips

    1. Get up early– The sunrises between 6 and 7 am and this is when birds are the most active. At dusk, (2-3 hrs before sunset) birds are also active but not as intense as the morning hours. The best thing is to not miss the morning rush.

    2. Pick a good location – National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries are places to start. Rural areas, such as farms, temple and areas of secondary growth, will provide another setting for birdwatching.

    3. Be silent and patient – Tread lightly and look around slowly as you search for small movements. Another strategy is to stop often and wait for birds to come into view, especially if you are near a food or water source.

    4. Stake out fruiting and flowering trees – Food sources are an excellent place to sit and watch many species as they visit the trees and feed. You will also be able to observe different feeding behaviors and social interactions.

    5. Wear appropriate clothing – Comfortable and protective clothing will keep you better able to stand your time birding in the elements. Long-sleeved cotton shirts provide sun cover, protection from insects and sweat control. Leech socks are needed is the rainy season to keep you safe from the nasty bloodsuckers.