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Books & Maps

FFI Ecotourism Map of Vietnam (2005) - the best available Vietnam map.

iJET Weekly Travel Intelligence Report - Vietnam. (PDF download from US
Robson, Field Guide to the Birds of Southeast AsiaCraig 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. US | UK
Threatened Birds of Asia, volume 1Threatened 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 accounts are available free online as pdf files. US | UK
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.
CDs: US | CA
Cassettes: US | CA
Alexander Monastyrskii. Butterflies of Vietnam, Volume 1: Nymphalidae, Satyrinae. 198 pages. NHBS Environment Bookstore 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Eleanor Jane Sterling, Martha Maud Hurley & Le Duc Minh. Vietnam: A Natural History. 448 pages. Yale University Press 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Globetrotter Travel Map. Vietnam. 2005. US | UK
Frommer's Vietnam. 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Lonely Planet. Vietnam. 2005. US | UK
Travellers Vietnam. 2005. US | UK
Let's Go Vietnam. 2004. US | UK
Rough Guide. Vietnam. 2004. US | UK
Footprint. Vietnam Handbook. 2004. US | UK
Insight. Vietnam. 2003. US | UK
Fodor's. See It Vietnam. 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Culture Shock! Vietnam. 2001. US | UK
Mai Pham. Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table. 2001. US | UK
Bach Ngo. The Classic Cuisine of Vietnam. 1979. US | UK
Nicole Routhier. The Foods of Vietnam. 1999. US | UK

Trip Reports on WorldTwitch

Report by Frank Rheindt, 8 April - 5 June 2003, of a trip that included many rarely visited sites. [Bird list.]

March 2002 Sightings from Vietnam by Sam Woods and Andy Adcock.

1998 Vietnam Trip Report by Jon Hornbuckle. [Bird list.]

1999 Vietnam Trip Report by Alfred Chia. [Bird list.]

More Trip Reports

The 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

Susan Myers - 1999

Aidan G. Kelly - 1998/99

David Fischer 1999

Phil Benstead & Charlotte Petersson - 1998

Bird Reports

Tom Gullick ticks another 44 species with Vietnam Birding by Richard Craik.

Mekong Wagtail at Yok Don HQ by Richard Craik,

A Birding Bonanza in the Red River Delta by Richard Craik,

Investigating a possible sighting of White-eyed River-Martin in Cambodia by Doug Judell.

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 this site."

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 141:1-10.

The Babbler

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 Binh Province.

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

BirdLife International Vietnam Programme

Cat Tien National Park

Enviro-VLC List Archives - UNDP Vietnam

Fatbirder - Vietnam

Oriental Bird Club

Where do you want to go birding in Vietnam today?

Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation - Cambodia

Birding Tours

Aves Tours

BirdingPal Contacts in Vietnam

Birding Worldwide


KingBird Tours


Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours

Vietnam Birding

Conservation and Environment

World Rainforest Movement - Index to Articles about Vietnam

International Rivers Network - Vietnam Campaign

Vietnam: Deforestation, reforestation, and industrial plantations. By Chris Lang. WRM.

Laos: 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 now!

Vietnam: 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.

Vietnam: Unique biodiversity threatened by World Bank-funded cement plant. By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin No. 71 (June 2003).

Vietnam: Shrimps, Mangroves and the World Bank. By Chris Lang, WRM Bulletin No. 51 (October 2001).

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