Dao Birding Trip Report
Adriaan & Sytske Dijksen
18 Nov - 23 Nov 2002
stayed at Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows at the foot of the
mountain Doi Chiang Dao at the dead-end street to Wat Tham Pha Phlong
monastery (just 1 km from the village Ban Tham Chiang Dao). It is
an excellent place in the middle of nature with small and simple but
adequate bungalows. Malee also provides excellent Thai meals.
Those who like an European kitchen can go to the neighbours, Wicha
and Stuart Cavaliero of “Chiang Dao Nest” (less than 50
metres). There you can get also a great meal for good money. They
also offer simple, clean huts (since september 2002) with a nice view
on the mountains.
On the 19st and 20st we hired a guide from “Nature Trails”
(Rachen Charoennugul) especially to go to the Den Ya Kat substation
(DYK) at about 1100 m asl (Doi Chiang Dao itself is the third highest
mountain of Thailand, 2175 m asl). A two hours drive from Malee’s.
Because of heavy rain in the night and early morning we did not went
to DYK on the 19-11 but were birding around checkpoint 1 and the road
behind this point to the village Muang Khong just till about 900 asl.
On 20-11 we went to DYK and surroundings (the road was indeed in a
rather bad condition: steep, muddy and slippery). more...