Birding in Cat Tien national park (2 day / 1 night)

Cat Tien National Park, 150 km north-east of Ho Chi Minh City, contains the largest remaining area of lowland tropical forest in southern Vietnam. The forest cover is a mixture of primary and secondary evergreen and semi-evergreen forest. There are also large areas dominated by grassland and bamboo, a result of wartime defoliation and post-war logging.

Nevertheless Cat Tien is still one of the best birding sites in Vietnam and such sought after species as Germain’s Peacock-pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta can often be found without too much trouble in a few days of birding.
Woodpeckers, barbets, hornbills and broadbills are well represented at Cat Tien and may be seen while birding along the main road and park trails.
Cat Tien is the most accessible site in Vietnam for the Indochinese endemic Orange-necked Partridge, though it is still a difficult bird to find in its thick bamboo habitat.

Bird in Cat Tien Natiional Park:

Orange-necked Partridge, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Siamese Fireback, Germain’s Peacock- pheasant, Green Peafowl, White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Black-and-buff Woodpecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Red-vented Barbet, Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Banded Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Great-eared Nightjar, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, Lesser Fish-eagle, Black Baza, Collared Falconet, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Blue-rumped Pitta, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-winged Pitta, Black-and-red Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Golden-crested Myna, Grey-faced Tit-babbler.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Cat Tien National Park

Pick up from hotel at 8am to drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Nam Cat Tien National Park. Check in the lodge and enjoy lunch on arrival.
In the afternoon, proceed to Bau Chim area to bird watch. As the walk progresses, you can see greater quantities and varieties of birds, such as: Kingfisher, Lesser Whistling Duck, Osprey, Chinese Pond Heron, Black-winged Cuckoo shrike and sometimes Green Peafowl. Transfer back the lodge by jeep for dinner & overnight.

Transportation: Private car
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch
Accommodation: Cat Tien Jungle Lodge

Day 2: Nam Cat Tien – Bird watching – Return Ho Chi Minh City

Early morning, enjoy quick breakfast then drive to Bau Sau. At Bau Sau begin bird watching along forest trails with variety of birds Bar Bellied Pitta, Fairy Pitta, Immigrant Bird Blue Wing Pitta, Germain Peacock Pheasantg , Siamese Fireback), Scaly Breasted Patridge, Woolly-Necked Stock…You can also take small boat to admire some water-birds such as: Purple Swamphen, Whistling Duck, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Purple Heron), Great Horn Bill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill.... Enjoy a picnic lunch at Bau Sau station. Transfer to back your lodge to take luggage then return Ho Chi Minh City.

Transportation: Private car & Jeep
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch
Accommodation: N/A



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  • Accommodation in Cat Tien National Park
  • Private air-conditioner round transfer from Ho Chi Minh to Cat Tien National Park
  • Boat trip in Bau Sau
  • Jeep transfer inside Cat Tien National park
  • English Speaking guide through the trip
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Sightseeing ticket and local fees
  • Rain-coat
  • Mineral water & tissue (01 bottle/pax/day) on car.


  • Insurance
  • Requested beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any services not mentions in the inclusion portion.


  • Long pants and sleeves clothes
  • Dark floppy hat
  • Insect repellent.
  • Walking shoes & socks
  • Rain-coat (Ciao Travel prepares for you)
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight (Ciao Travel prepares for you)
  • Mineral water (Ciao Travel prepares for you)


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