Birding and Culture Tour

Birding and Culture Tour (19Days/ 18Nights)

 Tour Information

Tour Code BNTM-BCT
Destination Yangon-Bagan-Nat Ma Taung-Kalaw-Inle-Yangon
Duration 19 Days/ 18 Nights
Expected Species 300 or more out of recorded species 396
Other Attraction Tatoo face chin tribes, Bagan Temples and Inle environs.

This Tour is special tour and programmed for the people who would like to do not only birding and also visiting culture site in Myanmar.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda, officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yangon. The 326-foot-tall pagoda is situated on Singuttara Hill, to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, and dominates the Yangon skyline. Shwedagon Pagoda is a landmark of Myanmar and is a must to visit when you arrive in Yangon. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas.

Hlawga Natural Park

Hlawga Natural Park is one of the best places for one day birding from Yangon, the gate way to Myanmar, West of Yangon-Pyay Road that was main road in Myanmar. Hlawga Natural Park is approximately 22 miles North of Yangon. It is located in Taukkyan Model Village, Mingaladon Township of Yangon and was established in 30 September 1982. The area of Hlawga Natural Park is 1540 acres, comprising of 818 acres of Wildlife Park, 62 acres of mini-zoo and 660 acres of buffer zone. It is the type of semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous and sump forest types. Hlawgar Natural Park is the different varies of wildlife habitat, and recorded in 25 species of mammals, 9 species of reptiles, 54 species amphibious, 192 species of birds, 103 butterfly species and 23 species of fishes, and has opened the purpose of conservation, development and research programs and the opportunities for study and recreation.

Bagan

Bagan, formerly Bagan is an ancient city located in the Madalay Region of Myanmar, has been approved for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list on July 6, 2019 at a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, based on the recommendation of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). It is one of the Asia’s most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The ancient temples of Bagan stand today as they have been standing for a thousand years. Also being the capital of first Myanmar Empire, Bagan covers an area of 42 sq km containing over 2000 well-preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th -13th century.

Ayeyarwady Delta Region

The Ayeyarwady Delta region, one of the famous bird sites in Myanmar, which is situated in southern Myanmar according to the ornithological regions in south-east Asia and play an important role for wetland dependent bird species in the country, looking for the rare birds such as vulnerable species of Sarus Crane and Jerdon’s Babbler which previously thought to be extinct and resurfaced in March 2015 rediscovered by the team from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar. It lies in the Ayeyarwady Region, the lowest expanse of land in Myanmar. The delta region is densely populated, and plays a dominate role in the cultivation of rice alluvial soil, it also includes fishing communities in a vast area full of rivers and streams. Mangroves or Lamu and Nipa palm or Dani are the major vegetation of the delta. Most of the rain falls during the monsoons between mid-May and mid-November.

Ayeyarwady River

Ayeyarwady River is the longest river (2,210 km in length) and the most important commercial waterway of Myanmar. It originates from the confluence of the Mai kha and Mali kha River and flows from North to South through Myanmar.

Nat Ma Taung

Nat Ma Taung, also known as Mt.Victoria, is one of the best places for bird watching and birding site for Myanmar endemic bird species such as White-browed Nuthatch and Burmese Tit. Natma Taung (Mt.Victoria) National Park is located in Kanpet-Let, Mindat and Matupi townships of southern Chin State. It covers an area of 279 square miles, a height of 3,053 meters (10,016 ft) above sea level and was established in 1994. It is located about 148 miles from Bagan and is the highest mountain in the Chin State of western Myanmar. It is a sky island where the flora and fauna at its upper elevations are dramatically different. Forests include hill evergreen forests, moist upper mixed deciduous forests, pine forests (above 9,000 feet) and hill savannah. Within the national park there are some wild animals habituated. There are also over 159 bird species, reptiles and butterfly present. During the journey from Bagan to Mt. Victoria by car, we can do birding on the way and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful natural scenery as we pass over mountain ranges, streams and rivers and many other attractions.

Kalaw

Kalaw was a popular hill station sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. Kalaw is a hill town in the southern Shan State of Myanmar. It is located in Kalaw Township in Taunggyi. The town was popular with the British during colonial rule. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 m, 50 km from the Inle Lake. Kalaw is famous for birding, hiking and trekking. Kalaw is pleasantly cool and a good place for birding amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. There is comfortable accommodation, and you can make interesting excursions around Kalaw and treks into the surrounding mountains. The small population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslims, Burma and Nepalis, Gurkhas retired from British military service. About 20,000 people live in and around Kalaw.

Inle Lake

Inle Lake which is located 900 meters above sea level, the vast picturesque lake, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km wide, has a population of some over 160,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle natural Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. There are some places to visit. Birding in a boat at Inle Lake is so exciting to watch the bird and enjoy seeing its unique one-leg rowers, floating villages and colourful markets, silk weaving and hand-looms.

Bird species which can be seen:

Myanmar endemic Ayeyawady Bulbul (split from Streak-eared Bulbul) and Racket-tailed Treepie, Yellow-breasted Bunting Critically Endangered .Other species White-tailed Stonechat,Green, Blue-tailed and Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, Green-billed Malkoha, Lesser Racket-tailed and Greater Racket-tailed Drongos, White-rumped Shama, Black-naped Monarch,  Pale-eyed(split from Stripe-throated), Black-headed, Black-crested, Red-vented and Red-whiskered Bulbuls, White-crested and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Oriental Darter, Spot-billed Duck, White-breasted Waterhen,Sand Lark, Red-wattled , River , Grey-headed Lapwing, Common, Pied, White-throated Kingfishers, Plovers,Wood ,Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Oriental, Small Pratincole, Wagtails, Burmese Tit (Aegithalossharpie), White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis), Mount Victoria Babax ( split from Chinese Babax), Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Chin Hills Wren-babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Spot-breasted, Sickle-billed and Large Scimitar-babblers, Black-bibbed Tit, Crested Finchbill, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Fire-capped Tit, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Sported Wren-babbler, Brown-capped Laughingthrush, Black-throated Prinia (Hill Prinia), some Repters, Ashy Woodpigeon, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Yellow- footed, Wedge-tailed Green-pigeons, Large Hawk, Hodgson’s Hawk, and Eurasian Cuckoos, Great, Golden-throated, Lineated, Blue-throated Barbets, Rufous-bellied, Stripe-breasted, Crimson-breasted, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, White-browed, Black-eared, Chestnut-fronted, Green Shrike-babblers, Small, Grey-chinned, Short-billed, Long-tailed and Scarlet Minivets, Slender-billed and Maroon Orioles, Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails, Eurasian Jay, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Gray Treepie, Crimson, Mrs Gould’s, Fire-tailed and Green-tailed Sunbirds, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Scarlet Finch, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Common Rosefinch, Brown Bullfinch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Chestnut and Little Bunting and many more.