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Laem Pak Bia

This page covers all the areas of interest along the Petchaburi coast from Laem Pak Bia to Pak Thale. When we bring guests here they are astounded by the number and variety of shorebirds. The obvious favourites are the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank but there are plenty of others to see too.

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 Brown-headed Gull
Common Sandpiper
Great Egret
Indian Pond Heron
Wood Sandpiper

This is an small area of ponds and mangroves with a network of raised dirt roads around them. It is a great place for photography as the birds are used to vehicles cruising around slowly and you can get up close to most birds without frightening them off. Best visited in the good light of late afternoon.
Black-tailed Godwit
Black-winged Stilt

Sand spit

 Black-tailed Gull
Malaysian Plover
Pallas's Gull
White-faced Plover
Caspian Tern
We take a small boat from Laem Pak Bia docks out to the sand spit, just a 20 minute journey. There we look out for specials such as White-faced Plover, Malaysian Plover, Chinese Egret and Gulls rarely seen in Thailand. 
Common Greenshank
Common Snipe

Salt Pans

Asian Dowitcher
Heuglin's Gull
Milky Stork
Spot-billed Pelican
The whole seafront area between Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale is taken over by salt pans. It is possible to bird from the side of the main road and also to take the tracks leading off from the main road. These areas are where Nordmann's Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Spot-billed Pelican and Milky Stork are most often seen.

Pak Thale

 Broad-billed Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Pak Thale - probably the best place in the world to see the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. This is another area of salt pans with a wide dirt road leading through them. In season and with some effort it is usually possible to find one or two of them running around feeding with the other shorebirds. We find dawn to be the best time as the birds are less flighty and there is no heat shimmer. Far Eastern Curlew is sometimes seen too but there are only a few mixed in with many Eurasian Curlews.
 Gull-billed Tern
Long-toed Stint
Pied Avocet
 Spotted Redshank
All the photographs shown on this page were taken by ourselves at and around Laem Pak Bia.
Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.