Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park ***

Bird fauna - Birding

Over 200 bird species have been recorded at Phong Nha-Ke Bang, with regard to the avifauna of Phong Nha Nature Reserve, Timmins et al. (1999) recorded several globally threatened species, including Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata, Chestnut-necklaced Partridge Arborophila charltonii and Red-collared Woodpecker Picus rabieri, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler Jabouilleia danjoui. On the basis of the occurrence of four restricted-range bird species, Phong Nha lies within the Annamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area. Phong Nha area is considered to be of particular importance for bird conservation, because the populations of species of conservation concern are not at immediate risk of extirpation or major population declines.

Most highlights

Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Sooty Babbler and Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler.

Birding routes

Visitors can get the trail up to the grotto by boat to see Sooty Babbler. The new trail to Thien Duong cave is the best route to see many species including Sooty Babbler, Limestone Warbler, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Red-headed Trogon

There are several forest trails in the park for birding however foreigners need to have permission to entry. When you get permit, go to Tra Ang bridge area where the Rachet-tailed Treepie, Sooty Babbler, White-winged Magpie, Red-collared Woodpecker and many more are available


Car, motorbike. Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a major tourist attraction, and can be easily accessed by road from Dong Hoi city or from Hue. Dong Hoi nowadays has airplane to Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh city every 2 days


There are several guesthouse and hotels around the park, and also restaurants. The best quality so far is Sai Gon - Phong Nha hotel, other private hotels such as Thien Thanh, Song Son etc are good enough to stay