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Ecotourism Map of Vietnam (2005) - the best available Vietnam map.
|iJET Weekly Travel Intelligence Report -
Vietnam. (PDF download from Amazon.com.)
Robson, A Guide to the Birds of SouthEast Asia. The field
guide to use in Vietnam. Robson's Birds of Thailand,
excerpted from the regional guide, has larger illustrations but
only includes birds found in Thailand. New Holland & Princeton
University Press, 2000.
Birds of Asia. The BirdLife International Red Data Book.
N.J. Collar, A.V. Andreev, S. Chan, M.J. Crosby, S. Subramanya
and J.A. Tobias (eds.) 2 volumes, 3038 pages. 2001. Detailed
information on the 665 most threatened species. All the species
available free online as pdf files.
|Pimsleur Vietnamese I. (2005). The
Pimsleur Mandarin courses are superb, but do not attempt to
teach written Chinese. Perhaps the new Vietnamese course covers
reading, since modern Vietnamese is written in Roman characters.
Based on my experience with Chinese, you should allow six months
to master this course, studying an hour per day.
|Alexander Monastyrskii. Butterflies of
Vietnam, Volume 1: Nymphalidae, Satyrinae. 198 pages. NHBS
Environment Bookstore 2005.
|Eleanor Jane Sterling, Martha Maud Hurley & Le
Duc Minh. Vietnam: A Natural History. 448 pages. Yale
University Press 2006.
|Globetrotter Travel Map. Vietnam. 2005.
|Lonely Planet. Vietnam. 2005.
|Travellers Vietnam. 2005.
|Let's Go Vietnam. 2004.
|Rough Guide. Vietnam. 2004.
|Footprint. Vietnam Handbook. 2004.
|Insight. Vietnam. 2003.
|Fodor's. See It Vietnam. 2005.
|Culture Shock! Vietnam. 2001.
|Mai Pham. Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table.
|Bach Ngo. The Classic Cuisine of Vietnam.
|Nicole Routhier. The Foods of Vietnam.
Trip Reports on WorldTwitch
Report by Frank
Rheindt, 8 April - 5 June 2003, of a trip that included many rarely visited
March 2002 Sightings from Vietnam by Sam Woods and Andy Adcock.
Vietnam Trip Report by Jon Hornbuckle. [Bird
1999 Vietnam Trip
Report by Alfred Chia. [Bird
More Trip Reports
Budget Twitcher's Guide to Birdwatching Across Vietnam by James Heng
Moira and Graeme Wallace - 2002
Kevin Vang, Ahmet Bektas & Aaron Becker - 2002
Remco Hofland, Chris Quispel & Roland van der Vliet - 2002
Jonathan Williams - 2001
Aidan G. Kelly - 1998/99
David Fischer 1999
Phil Benstead & Charlotte Petersson - 1998
Tom Gullick ticks another 44 species with Vietnam Birding by Richard Craik.
Mekong Wagtail at Yok Don HQ by Richard Craik, Vietnambirding.com.
Birding Bonanza in the Red River Delta by Richard Craik, Vietnambirding.com.
Investigating a possible sighting of White-eyed River-Martin in Cambodia by Doug
Rare Vultures Flock to Cambodia. BBC News, 10 June 2004.
Giant Ibis rediscovered in Yok Don, Dan Lak Province, Vietnam: Two Giant
Ibis were observed by survey team members Ha Quy Quynh and Jonathan Eames,
feeding at a small forest wetland in the central part of the national park on 6
March, 2003. The birds flew-off westwards towards Cambodia. These are the first
sightings of Giant Ibis in Vietnam since 1931, when the species was encountered
in Binh Phuoc province.
A new species of laughingthrush has been described from Mount Kon Ka Kinh in
the central highlands of Vietnam by Jonathan C. Eames & Charles Eames in
Bull.B.O.C. 121(1): 10-23 (March 2001). The bird, which they have named
Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush, Garrulax konkakinhensis, is most similar
to the Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, G. rufogularis. See the article for
a color plate by Charles Eames and hand-held color photos.
Arnold Meijer found
a new site for Grey-crowned Crocias, Crocias langbianis, "in a
piece of forest enclosed by agricultural fields along the road from DaLat to Ta
Nung. The male was singing 6m above the track (this enabled me to make some good
sound-recordings) and I saw the female every now and then. . . Teus Luijendijk
and Chris Quispel saw the birds a little more then a week later. I also saw
another endemic bird, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Carduelis monguilloti, near
Susan Myers recently found a Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Paradoxornis
atrosuperciliaris, in the Ham Rong Gardens in Sa Pa, the second record for
Vietnam. The earlier record was at the Na Hang Nature Reserve.
A new species, the Black-crowned Barwing, Actinodura sodangorum, has
been described from the western highlands of Vietnam. J.C. Eames et al. Ibis
Excellent Quarterly Newsletter of BirdLife International in Indochina:
No. 8 - December 2003 (pdf) - Rarest of the Rare: White-winged Duck;
unsuccessful search for Pink-headed Duck in the Hukaung Valley of Burma
following credible reports from two fishermen:
"Although the team did neither observe or find
material evidence of the species we believe there is a high probability
that the species still occurs in Kachin State, based on reports received
during this and the previous survey undertaken last March. We base this
belief on the fact that the area still supports extensive tracts of
undisturbed lowland semi-evergreen forest, riverine, oxbow lakes and
emergent aquatic vegetation, including grassland, combined with low
human impacts on the landscape. Therefore the reasons cited for the
decline of the species elsewhere, particularly landscape level
agricultural conversion of natural habitat do not appear to apply to
Myanmar. The historical occurrence of the species further west and east
also suggests the species should occur in the area. BirdLife hopes to
undertake further surveys in the area during 2004."
No. 7 - September 2003 (pdf) - Article about the Giant Ibis with
photos; Wetland Wilderness in Thailand Under Threat by Phil Round; Establishment
of the BirdLife Cambodia Programme.
Vol. 2 No. 2 - June 2003 (pdf) - Review of Directory of Important Bird
Areas: Key Sites for Conservation in Vietnam; article on Jerdon's Courser;
articles on Gurney's Pitta.
Vol. 2 No.1 - March 2003 (pdf) - article by Richard Grimmet on Sumatra.
Vol. 1 No. 4 - December 2002 (pdf) - Rarest of the Rare: Pink-headed Duck;
Cambodia's Northern Plains - Heartland of the Giant Ibis; Avenues in Futility in
Conservation by John MacKinnon:
"Honest State of Biodiversity
The world is in a terrible state. The situation is worse than most
ecologists' worst nightmares. Our forests are disappearing, the sea is
polluted, the atmosphere is damaged, global fisheries are crashing,
plant and animal species are going extinct all around us, deserts are
spreading and global temperatures are rising. The biosphere is literally
collapsing ecologically and world leaders are completely unconcerned and
unwilling to do anything to help e.g. Kyoto Protocol.
"Where are we going wrong?
Conservationists have been totally ineffective. We have failed to prove
our argument. We fail because we completely underestimate the scale of
the problems and doggedly pursue a totally flawed logic and methodology.
Conservation is rife with false beliefs and repeated mistakes such as
the common misconception that raising living standards of local
communities will effectively reduce natural resource exploitation within
protected areas, when in reality, every step of the development ladder
is accompanied by an overall increase in resource use levels. We try to
deal with the symptoms of biodiversity loss such as habitat loss and
over-harvesting and completely ignore the underlying causes, such as
unfair international trade instruments, lack of transparency in resource
allocation, corruption and poor governance."
Vol. 1 No. 3 - September 2002 (pdf) - Gurney's Pitta survey in Myanmar by
Phil Round; Rarest of the Rare: Black-faced Spoonbill.
Vol. 1 No. 2 - July 2002 (pdf) - Rarest of the Rare: White-shouldered Ibis;
More new sites for Sarus Crane in Cambodia; At Last, a population of
White-shouldered Ibis - in northern Cambodia; New sites for Saola found in Quang
Vol. 1 No. 1 - March 2002 (pdf) - Rarest of the Rare: Bengal Florican; Laos:
Green Peafowls persist at Ban Nakay IBA; Vietnam: New Black-faced Spoonbill site
discovered in Quang Ninh.
Don't miss the
Special Vietnam Issue of the Bulletin of the Oriental Bird Club. (No.
33, June 2001).
Binh Chau - Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve
Bird Links to the World - Vietnam
International Vietnam Programme
Tien National Park
Archives - UNDP Vietnam
Fatbirder - Vietnam
Oriental Bird Club
Where do you want to go birding in Vietnam today?
Center for Wildlife Conservation - Cambodia
Emmanuel Nature Tours
Conservation and Environment
Rainforest Movement - Index to Articles about Vietnam
Rivers Network - Vietnam Campaign
Vietnam: Deforestation, reforestation, and industrial plantations. By Chris
Vietnamese consortium plans to build six dams in Laos. By Chris Lang. WRM
Bulletin No. 74 (September 2003). If you want to see Giant Ibis, better go
Na Hang Dam - the reality of sustainable development? By Chris Lang, WRM
Bulletin No. 73 (August 2003). As the term is used by the UN and World Bank,
"sustainable development" is a sham designed to fool gullible do-gooders.
Unique biodiversity threatened by World Bank-funded cement plant. By Chris Lang,
WRM Bulletin No. 71 (June 2003).
Shrimps, Mangroves and the World Bank. By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin No. 51