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6 Day Northern Short Route Birdwatching Tour in Peninsular Malaysia

Flemington Hotel, 1, Jalan Samanea Saman, Taiping, Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Astonishing Birdwatching Tour in Malaysia

This tour is for birders that have a short time for their holiday. For you, Bird Malaysia has tried to include a diverse range of habitats within a short distance from each other. From Taiping to Langkawi, you will find yourself in each of the birding activities in the beautiful and wonderful areas including Maxwell Hill, Kuala Gula, Kampong Cheah, Kampong Kisap, and Gunung Raya. Join Bird Malaysia's expeditions and allow yourself as a passionate naturalist to unfold its many secrets!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point: Bayan Lepas
  • Ending point: Langkawi
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Oriental-pied magpie, gerygone, white-breasted waterhen, blue-winged minla, mountain fluvetta, oriental white-eye, orange-bellied leafbird, black-thighed falconet, indigo cuckoo, white-rumped shama, milky stork, redshank, greenshank, whimbrel, lesser whistling duck, red-wattled lapwing, plain-backed sparrow, brown shrike, oriental pratincole, purple swamphen, cinnamon bittern, Asian brown flycatcher, Asian fairy bluebird, oriental broadbill roller, blue whistling thrush, bhraminy kite, jerdon's baza, Pacific swallow, as well as various pigeons, flowerpeckers, barbets, kingfishers, malkohas, bulbuls, mynas, ioras, spiderhunters, tailorbirds, sunbirds, drongos, fantails, babblers, tit birds, broadbills, eagles, woodpeckers, owls, sandpipers, herons, bee-eaters, orioles, warblers, egrets, crakes, hornbills, and swifts

Highlights

  • 6 days of wonderful birdwatching tours in Malaysia
  • A chance to see various birds like whimbrels, terns, kingfishers, etc.
  • Observing at Maxwell Hill, Kuala Gula, Kampong Cheah, Kampong Kisap, Gunung Raya
  • Traveling to Sedim Canopy Walkway before going to Langkawi
  • All land transportation and bird guide included
  • 5 nights of accommodation

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a twin sharing room at Flemington Hotel during your stay in Taiping and Fave Hotel during your stay in Langkawi. Both of the hotels are three-star. On the second night of the tour, you will overnight at Maxwell Hill after some evening birding and night owling.

Program

Day 1: Penang International Airport (PEN) - Taiping

You will be picked up at Penang International Airport (PEN) and travel to Taiping and check into your hotel. After some needed rest, you will do some early evening birding around the hotel grounds and surrounding areas.

  • Potential birds: Pink-necked pigeon, scarlet-backed flowerpecker, lineated barbet, black-capped kingfisher, chestnut-breasted malkoha, oriental-pied magpie, red-eye bulbul, hill myna, gerygone, white-throated kingfisher, green iora, common myna, and white-breasted waterhen

Day 2: Maxwell Hill

You will have an early start to the base of Maxwell Hill to take the first shuttle to the top of the hill. You will spend the day birding while breaking for lunch and rest before you continue with some evening birding and night owling. Today, you will spend the night at Maxwell Hill.

  • Potential Birds: Black-crested bulbul, streaked spiderhunter, blue-winged minla, mountain tailorbird, black-throated sunbird, yellow-breasted flowerpecker, mountain fluvetta, oriental white-eye, fire-breasted flowerpecker, black-browed barbet, lesser racquet-tailed drongo, white-throated fantail, streaked wren babbler, pygmy wren babbler, sultan tit, long-tailed broadbill, Blyth's hawk eagle, mountain bulbul, orange-bellied leafbird, and others

Day 3: Maxwell Hill - Taiping

After some breakfast, you will continue birding and by midday, you will have a journey to the base of Maxwell Hill. After lunch and some needed rest, you will head to Kampong Cheah for more birds. You will overnight in Taiping.

  • Potential birds: Raffles malkoha, golden-whiskered barbet, buff-rumped woodpecker, black-thighed falconet, red-throated barbet, coppersmith barbet, forest warbler, indigo cuckoo, white-rumped shama, buff-rumped woodpecker, thick-billed spiderhunter, and many others

Day 4: Taiping - Langkawi

After an early breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and travel to Kuala Gula for the shorebirds and stop for lunch. After lunch, you will travel to Sedim Canopy Walkway and continue on to take the last ferry to Langkawi. On arrival, you will check into your hotel. You will overnight in Langkawi.

  • Potential birds: Stork-billed kingfisher, white-throated kingfisher, milky stork, jungle myna, redshank, greenshank, marsh sandpiper, Mongolian sandpiper, whimbrel, purple heron, terek sandpiper, blue-tailed bee-eater, pied fantail, common sandpiper, ashy tailorbird, black-naped oriole, common iora, great tit, yellow-browed warbler, Sunda pygmy woodpecker, purple-rumped sunbird, great egret, little egret, and others

Day 5: Kampong Kisap - Gunung Raya

In the morning, you will head to Kampong Kisap for scrubland birds. At midday, you will travel the various mud flats and paddies for the shore and wetland specialties. At the end of the day, you will travel up Gunung Raya for the wreathed and great hornbills. You will overnight in Langkawi.

  • Potential birds: Lesser whistling duck, black-hooded oriole, red-wattled lapwing, brown-winged kingfisher, orange-breasted pigeon, common flame-backed woodpecker, ashy drongo, plain-backed sparrow, Chinese pond heron, Javan pond heron, brown shrike, oriental pratincole, purple swamphen, rudy-breasted crake, white-browed crake, cinnamon bittern, yellow-vented bulbul, Asian brown flycatcher, cattle egret, great hornbill, wreathed hornbill, and many others

Day 6: Langkawi

You will spend the morning birding for rainforest birds and those target species that you did not get the day before. You will depart in the evening.

  • Potential birds: Orange-bellied flowerpecker, scarlet-backed flowerpecker, great slaty woodpecker, greater flame-backed woodpecker, Asian fairy bluebird, oriental broadbill roller, blue wistling thrush, hill myna, large green pigeon, thick-billed pigeon, racquet-tailed drongo, crested serpent eagle, white-bellied sea eagle, bhraminy kite, abbotts babbler, striped tit babbler, jerdon's baza, chestnut-headed bee-eater, blue-throated bee-eater, oriental pied hornbill, brown-backed needle-tailed swift, black nest swiftlet, Pacific swallow, crimson sunbird, ruby-cheeked sunbird, ochraceous bulbul, and many others

Location

This tour will take place in various point to point destinations in Peninsular Malaysia including Taiping, Maxwell Hill, Kampong Cheah, Kuala Gula, as well as Kampong Kisap and Gunung Raya in Langkawi.

Peninsular Malaysia

One of the planet’s best-kept secrets is the biosphere of the Malay Peninsular. This geographical zone is one the most bio-diverse regions on earth. It is a treasure house of some of the most exotic plant life, birdlife, animal life and marine life on the planet. Its rainforest is inhabited with tigers, leopards, elephants, sambar deer, sun bears, tapirs, rhinos, and many others. It resounds with the whooping call of the gibbons and the unfamiliar cries of the hornbills, pheasants, barbets, and babblers.

Within this biosphere lie the states of Penang, Perak, Pahang, Johor, Selangor, Kedah, and Terengganu. Collectively, it offers a vast expanse of untouched rainforest, golden beaches, secluded coral islands, and amazing flora and fauna. There are a total of 18 Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Peninsular Malaysia and nine are to be found within the boundaries of the four states. In all, there are some 640 species of resident birds, including 120 common migrant species.

The Malay Peninsular has a diverse range of habitat types to offer including lowland rainforest, mountain forest, mangrove forest, mudflats, beaches, scrubland, rocky island outcrops, and even some of the best diving in the region. With so much on offer, this area will most surely excite and fulfill any nature traveler’s holiday.

Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary

Kuala Gula's surrounding area is a sanctuary for nearly 200 species of birds. It lies at the northern end of the Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve in the state of Perak. Adjacent to this fishing village is mangrove swamps, mudflats, and estuaries while on its hinterland are extensive oil palm plantations. The mangrove forest and mudflats of Kuala Gula are particularly important for more than 60 species of water birds including egrets, herons, storks, rails, shorebirds, terns, and gulls, as well as some wetland-dependent raptors and kingfishers.

The flagship species of Kuala Gula is the globally threatened milky stork. Kuala Gula is currently the only known resident area for this vulnerable species in Malaysia. Another vulnerable stork species, the lesser adjutant can be found here easily. It covers an area of over 40,000 hectares of mangrove wetlands. About 28 species of shorebirds overwinter here or stop over while on passage.

The most common ones are the common redshank, terek sandpiper, Eurasian curlew, whimbrel, curlew sandpiper, red-necked stint, and bar-tailed godwit. The most common terns and gulls are the brown-headed gull; white-winged tern, and common tern. Besides these, the common wetland-dependent birds occurring here are the white-bellied sea eagle, brahminy kite, white-throated, stork billed, and collared kingfisher. Besides waterbirds, Kuala Gula is also a sanctuary for many other bird species.

Langkawi Island

Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands located in North West Malaysia, where the Andaman Sea meets the Straits of Malacca, proclaims a true paradise of white sands, magical sunsets, and peaceful sun-filled days. The island of Langkawi is truly an ecological gem. It is a UNESCO Geological Site. Geologically varied within its confines, it offers the oldest rock (sandstone) formations in Malaysia to the stunningly beautiful limestone formations and sea stacks of the east coast that majestically rise like ancient temples out of the ocean.

Equally varied is its many flora types. Langkawi offers lowland rainforest, mangrove forest, and forest on limestone. The varying soil substrates contain numerous specialized and endemic floras that can be found nowhere else in the world. Langkawi is also a home to many interesting faunas including 200 species of birds and over 340 species of butterflies. Within these unique habitats, a fragile world of interdependence has evolved.

What's included

  • 1 birdwatching activity around the hotel at Taiping
  • 2 birdwatching tours at Maxwell Hill
  • 1 birdwatching tour at Kampong Cheah
  • 1 birdwatching tour at Kuala Gula
  • 2 days' birdwatching tour in Langkawi
  • Bird guide
  • Travel to Sedim Canopy Walkway
  • All land transportation
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Camera fees where applicable
  • Domestic airfare
  • Lunch, dinner, and beverages
  • Tips and porter

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Penang International Airport (PEN).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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