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Birding in the Mountains

Doi Ang Khang, Thailand

As a complete contrast to our birding in central Thailand, we visited the mountainous region of Doi Ang Khang, close to the border with Myanmar. After a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and 3-hour transfer by minibus, we arrived at Doi Ang Khang Nature Resort in darkness with little idea of where we were. What a wonderful surprise awaited us the next day.

Alan view

Forest-covered mountains for miles and miles

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay: a wonderful hotel which gave us a really friendly welcome, set in beautiful grounds teeming with birds, and wonderful forested hills just waiting to be explored.

Doi Ang Khang Nature Resort

The hotel grounds were beautifully laid out, who'd have thought that cabbages could be so decorative!

Ashy Drongo

This Ashy Drongo was regularly perched on the tree right next to our cabin

The wonderful flowers in the grounds attracted plenty of birds.

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom, a strange sight to us in December!

Mrs Goulds Sunbird 5

The bushes were popular with the locals, this is the stunning Mrs Gould's Sunbird

We weren't the only ones enjoying the crisp, clean air, bright sunshine and wonderful gardens...

Alan and 3 monks

These monks were as keen to have their photos taken with a European visitor as Alan was to join in their photoshoot!

A short walk up into the forested hills behind the hotel soon gave us more birds.

Black throated Sunbird

The throat of this handsome Black-throated Sunbird glowed in the sunshine

Blue Rock Thrush

Very confiding Blue Rock Thrush

Chestnut bellied Rockthrush

Chestnut-bellied Rockthrush was much more shy and elusive

What caught us by surprise was just how cold it could get at night up at that altitude. We were higher than being at the top of Snowdon and the temperature plummeted at night so the best way to keep warm at night was to dress up for the occasion!


Ruth is in there somewhere wearing all her clothes at once to keep warm at night!

Our high altitude birding adventures in Thailand had only just started. Plenty more photos to come so do check back.....


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