Lung Sin Waterhole



Lung Sin Waterhole: This artificial waterhole is little more than a bird bath in the forest but during the dry season it attracts a profusion of birds. Activity here can be at high levels throughout the day with species such as Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Bar-backed Partridge, Large Scimitar Babbler, Kalij Pheasant, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Siberian Blue Robin and many other commoner birds all being regular.

There can be surprises here too with a Slaty-legged Crake regular in some years and birds such as Green Magpie, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Streak-breasted Woodpecker and Besra all turning up from time to time.

Apart from the fact that a visit to this spot gives the chance to see some rare and secretive species, it is fantastic for photographers with close-range and clear views of all the birds. It is also a great place for birdwatchers to get really good views of commoner birds such as Puff-throated Babbler, Black-naped Monarch and Abbott’s Babbler instead of the brief glimpses one often obtains in the forest.

Access to the hide here is strictly by appointment only, so I will not give directions as turning up without booking first would cause a problem; to book yourself into this hide it is best to do so through Baan Maka Nature Lodge or Samarn Bird Camp both of whom will take birders to the location after confirming your booking.

It costs 200 baht per person to visit Lung Sin Waterhole and flash photography is not allowed unless you want to book the whole hide out yourself as it deters the more secretive species from coming to bathe and drink.