Tam Dao is a hill resort sitting atop a mountain ridge that rises from the flat lowlands of the Red River Delta 80 km from Hanoi. There are several peaks over 1,300 m rising from the ridge and the forest cover is lower montane evergreen forest with lowland evergreen at altitudes between 700 to 800 m.
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Tam Dao town is located within the boundaries of Tam Dao National Park which has some of the highest levels of insect, reptile and amphibian diversity in the region as well as several restricted range bird species. The endemic Vietnamese Salamander has so far only be found at Tam Dao National Park
Tam Dao’s specialities include Blue-naped Pitta, Purple and Green Cochoas, Chestnut Bulbul, Grey Laughingthrush, Short-tailed and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills and several species of over-wintering thrushes.
Blue-naped Pitta, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Black-breasted Thrush, Japanese Thrush, Purple Cochoa, Green Cochoa, Fujian Niltava, Red-flanked Bluetail, Chestnut Bulbul, Grey Laughingthrush, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, Collared Babbler, Short-tailed Parrotbill, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Fork-tailed Sunbird, Tristram’s Bunting.
Day 01: Hanoi-Tam Dao ( Dinner )
Pick up at your hotel or Hanoi airport and Transfer to Tam Dao, a hill station an hour and a half by road from the airport. Transfer to hotel on arrival in Tam Dao ( If time permit walking around Tam Dao town . Overnight in Tam Dao.
Day 02: Tam Dao – Birding ( Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner )
There are several good trails in the hills above the town, the Water Tank Trail and the Radio Transmitter Trail in particular are normally quite productive. Species to look out for here include the Grey Laughingthrush, Chestnut Bulbul, Black-chinned Yuhina and Fork-tailed Sunbird. Overnight in Tam Dao.
Day 03: Tam Dao – Birding ( Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner )
Another full day to explore the forest above Tam Dao. Winter visitors that are possible here include Black-breasted Thrush, Japanese Thrush and Fujian Niltava. Overnight in Tam Dao.
Day 04: Tam Dao-Hanoi – Birding ( Breakfast )
Time for some early morning birding before meeting up with the driver and transferring by road to Hanoi or Airport. End of tour..