Thailand is a popular holiday destination and it’s a country famous for its warm weather, lovely beaches, friendly people and cheap travels. In the birding community, Thailand is also well known for its variety of bird species and diverse birding sites throughout the country.
Thailand’s landscape has changed greatly in the modern age, but many national parks in the country have helped to protect habitats dotted around the country. In Thailand’s national parks you can see bird in their natural habitat such as rainforests, shoreline, mangroves and more.
It may surprise you, but many bird species can be seen in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Most of these species are the more ones, but it can be delightful to see how these birds have adjusted to life in the urban vastness of Bangkok or its many suburbs.
Several locations in or near Bangkok to spot some birds are:
1. Khok Kham Salt farms 1 hour west of city center where you can see many shoreline birds. **endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper**
2. Lumphini Park Right in the middle of the city you can spot many common species.
3. Bang Poo 45 minutes away from city center is the largest group of wintering gulls in all of Thailand.
4. Bang PraWetland area 1 hour east of Bangkok that has a freshwater lake, reedbeds and woodland. **Ospreys, Rufous Treepie, and Rain Quail**
5. Khao Yai 3 hours drive from Bangkok in Nakhon Ratchsima province. Khao Yai National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site for good reason and it’s a nature-lovers and birders paradise. **Great, Wreathed, Brown and Oriental Pied Hornbills**
6. Kaeng KrachanThis national park situated in Petchaburi and Prachuab Kiri Khan provinces on the Myanmar border is less famous than Khao Yai, but offers greater variety and rarity. It can be reached in 3 hours by car but it is more better suited as a 2-3 day trip. Kaeng Krachan is home to some of Thailand’s most famous bird species. **Asian Fairy Bluebird, Hornbills, Pittas, Kingfishers and Woodpeckers**