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Huay Kha Kaeng

Huay Kha Kaeng is a huge Wildlife Sanctuary and part of the western complex of protected forest. It still has many large mammals including Asian Elephant and Tiger. We are only allowed in to selected areas of the park but there is still plenty to see.

The Entrance Road

Black Baza
Red-breasted Parakeet
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
Common Woodshrike
Indochinese Cuckooshrike

The entrance road runs through open dipterocarp forest. At dawn birds warm themselves up at the top of the trees. Yellow-footed Green Pigeons, Red-breasted Parakeets and a variety of woodpeckers pass through. Purple Sunbirds are common. Green Peafowl cross the road on the way to one of the streams. We have also seen some good mammals while driving in including Golden Jackal, Hog Badger and Banteng.
Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher

Green Imperial Pigeon

The HQ Area

Black-headed Woodpecker
Black-hooded Oriole
Red-billed Blue Magpie
White-crested Laughingthrush
White-rumped Falcon
Black-headed Woodpeckers are easily found around the HQ area. They forage low down so good looks and photographs are easily had. Red-billed Blue Magpies, Laughingthrushes and Orioles are also quite tame here. There are Stork-billed Kingfishers on the river and Blue-throated Blue Flycatchers and Hainan Blue Flycatchers in the small trees near the restaurant. The staff put down water for the birds in a dry gulley and we set a hide next to it. There are some trails in the area which are worth exploring, one in particular climbs up to a ridge and has White-rumped Falcon on it.
Large-tailed Nightjar
Scarlet Minivet


Hup Pa Tad

Narcissus Flycatcher
Green-billed Malkoha
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Rosy Starling
Sooty-headed Bulbul
The nearest resort to Huay Kha Kaeng is at Hup Pa Tad which is famous for its limestone cliffs. There is a small area inside the mountain that is only reachable through a cave. Here the cliffs go up vertically on all sides. This is a good spot for Limestone Wren-Babbler, a much sought after bird. We usually stay at Hup Pa Tad while visiting Huay Kha Kaeng and make sure we have an afternoon to look for the Wren-Babbler.

 White-bellied Woodpecker
  Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
All the photographs shown on this page were taken by ourselves at Huay Kha Kaeng WS and Hup Pa Tad.
Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.