Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Khao Sok National Park is a vast area of lowland jungle which, at over 160 million years old, is thought to be one of the world’s oldest rainforests, and is looking extremely good for its age! Just inland from Thailand’s Western coastline, bordering a network of river estuaries, Khao Sok is the ideal habitat for spotting a wide range of birdlife, and yet is one of the better kept secrets of the birding scene. Kingfishers and hornbills are common visitors to its streams and rivers, and it’s one of the few places in Thailand where you can see both the Lesser and Grey-headed Fish Eagle, as well as the beautifully bright Banded Pitta. If you are patient, you might be rewarded with a sighting of the rare Chestnut-naped Forktail too.
Away from the water, you’ll find White-browed Piculet, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Brown Barbet and numerous Babbler species foraging in the undergrowth trilling as they go. All in all, the park is host to over 300 different bird species, so you’re sure of plenty of exciting encounters.