Millions of tourists are lured to Thailand every year by its extraordinary combination of spirituality, culture, landscape, and architecture. Even while the Land of Smiles is most well-known for its beautiful temples and beaches covered in white sand, it is also recognised as one of the most amazing places in the world to go bird watching. We are able to explore a great number of national parks in Thailand. These parks serve to preserve the various ecosystems that are found in Thailand, and they are also places where we may search for some of the most stunning birds in all of Asia. Birdwatching opportunities don’t get much better than these spots anywhere in the world.
A paradise for bird lovers
Thailand is home to more than 960 distinct species of birds, which accounts for almost ten percent of the total number of bird species found across the globe. Bird watching is a satisfying activity that promotes positive social ties and has its own inherent worth to studying natural history. The Siamese pheasant, which lives in lowland tropical woods, is Thailand’s national bird and is widely considered to be one of the most recognisable birds in the country. This magnificent bird is a member of the pheasant family and is easily identifiable by the striking contrast between the bluish-gray colour of its body plumage and the vivid red colour of its face and legs. The tail has a bluish-greenish black coloration. It is difficult to find in the wild, therefore the ideal time to search for it is first thing in the morning, when it is most likely to be found on a trail or on the side of a lonely road.
Khao Yai National Park
Despite the fact that observing birds can appear to be a very uncomplicated kind of entertainment, those who engage in this pastime report feeling a high level of contentment as a result of their participation. Spectators from all over the world have been patiently waiting for years to get a glimpse of some of the exceptionally rare species that can be found in Khao Yai National Park. The park provides the opportunity to go on bird viewing expeditions led by knowledgeable guides, which will assist us to boost our chances of spotting the most evasive birds. It is a great location to go to if you want to see hornbills.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Another spot that is of interest to people who like to watch birds is this natural area that is found in the northern part of the country, very near to Chiang Mai. The park is home to an impressive array of rivers and waterfalls, all of which are well worth the trip, as well as the highest mountain in the country, which stands at an altitude of 2,565 metres above sea level at its summit. In addition to the park’s vast array of avian species, the park is also notable for its abundance of waterfalls. The shy Green Cochoa is a bird with exquisite colours but is very elusive and rare. It favours highland forests with well-shaded streams. Here you can find other unusual species such as the Rufous-throated Partridge, which has colourful plumage and a distinctive orange throat.
Tung Yai Wildlife Sanctuary
Over 400 different kinds of birds have been identified within the Tung Yai Wildlife Sanctuary. The shrine is located on historically significant terrain that served as the basis of operations for King Naresuan of Ayutthaya during both the 1590s and the 1600s. Due to the vast amount of avian life that can be observed here, this natural area is one that should be seen on multiple occasions in order to compile an exhaustive list of the birds that can be found here.
Thale Noi Waterfowl Park
Thale Noi is home to more waterfowl than any other protected area in Thailand. There are around 180 different species of birds that are connected to water ecosystems, and that find this area to be the appropriate habitat in which to mature and reproduce. Because of the lotus flowers that grow in the marsh, Thale Noi is a place with a high landscape value and almost has a mystical quality. This is in addition to the large number of birds that can be found there. The Thale Noi Reserve in Thailand was the country’s first protected area to be designated as a no-hunting zone.