LITTLE CORMORANT P.niger; 20+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND FRIGATEBIRD F.andrewsi; 1-2 juvs Ko Bida 24/3.
LESSER FRIGATEBIRD F.ariel; 1 ad fem Poda Island 14/3, 2-300 Ko Bida 24/3.
GREY HERON A. cinerea; 6+Samut Sakhon 3/3.
GREAT EGRET A.alba; 8+Samut Sakhon 3/3, numerous Krabi mudflats.
INTERMEDIATE EGRET E.intermedia; 2 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
LITTLE EGRET E.garzetta; Common.
PACIFIC REEF-HERON E.sacra; Both morphs common around coast.
CHINESE POND-HERON A.bacchus; Common, including Bangkok, KNC etc. Mostly non-bree breeding plumage. Some Bangkok/Samut Sakhon birds may therefore have been Javan Pond-Heron, A. speciosa.
STRIATED HERON B.striatus; Common, including KNC.
BLACK BAZA A.leuphotes; 32 near KNC 9/3.
ORIENTAL HONEY-BUZZARD P. Ptilorhynchus; 3 KNC 7/3, 1 KNC 19/3, 1 Dome Cave 23/3.
BRAHMINY KITE H.Indus; Common.
WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE H.leucogaster; 1-2 seen daily Krabi. 2-4 seen daily Ko Phi-Phi.1 Phi.1 nesting pair Ko Phi-Phi with 1 fledgling + 1 flying juv.
CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE S.cheela; 1-2 daily KNC, 1 Phang Nga 22/3. Only 1 juv. seen.
CRESTED GOSHAWK A.trivirgatus; 1 KNC 7/3,1 Poda Island 14/3.
GREY-FACED BUZZARD B. indicus; 13 KNC 9/3.
RUFOUS-BELLIED EAGLE H.kienerii; 1 ad. KNC 8/3, 2 ads. KNC 18/3, 2 ads. KNC 19/3.
BLYTH'S HAWK-EAGLE S.alboniger; 1 ad. KNC 18/3,1 ad.near KNC 19/3.
WALLACE'S HAWK-EAGLE S. nanus; 1 ad. near KNC 19/3 [with 1 ad. Blyth's in aerial duel].
PEREGRINE FALCON F. Peregrinus; 2 Ko Bida 24/3.
BARRED BUTTONQUAIL Turnix suscitator; 1 male + 3 juvs. near KNC 9/3.
WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN A.phoenicurus; 3 Krabi 11/3,1 KNC 19/3.
BLACK-WINGED STILT H.himantopus; c.10 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
RED-WATTLED PLOVER V. indicus; 2 near Thap Lamu 21/3.
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER P.fulva; 2 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
GREY PLOVER P.squatarola; 6+ Krabi 10/3, 30+ Krabi 11/3.
KENTISH PLOVER C. alexandrinus; c. 6 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
LESSER SAND-PLOVER C. mogolus; 50+ Samut Sakhon 3/3, common Krabi.
GREATER SAND-PLOVER C. leschenaultii; c. 6 Samut Sakhon 3/3, 30+ Krabi 10-11/3.
BAR-TAILED GODWIT L. lapponica; 100+ Krabi 10/3,100+ Krabi 11/3.
WHIMBREL N.phaeopus; Common all coastal areas.
CURLEW N.arquata; 6+ Krabi 10/3.
SPOTTED REDSHANK T. erythopus; 20 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
REDSHANK T. tetanus; 1 Krabi 10/3.
MARSH SANDPIPER T. stagnatilis; 25+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
GREENSHANK T. nebularia; 15+ Samut Sakhon 3/3, 6+ Krabi 10/3, 2 Krabi 11/3.
NORDMANN'S GREENSHANK T.guttifer; 2 Krabi 10/3, 5 Krabi 11/3.
TEREK SANDPIPER X.cinereus; 6+ Krabi 10/3, 6+ Krabi 11/3.
COMMON SANDPIPER A.hypoleucos; Common in suitable habitat.
RED-NECKED STINT C. ruficollis; 200+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
TEMMINCK'S STINT C. temminckii; 1 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
LONG-TOED STINT C. subminuta; 8+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
CURLEW SANDPIPER C. ferruginea; 10+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
SPOON-BILLED SANDPIPER E. pygmeus; 1 Samut Sakhon 3/3, with Red-necked Stints.
BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER L. falinellus; 6+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
BROWN-HEADED GULL L. brunnicephalus; 50+ Samut Sakhon 3/3.
CASPIAN TERN S. caspia; 10 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
BLACK- NAPED TERN S. sumatrana; 6+3 from boat near Rai Leh 14/3.
COMMON TERN S. hirundo; 50+ Samut Sakhon 3/3, 10 Krabi 10/3, 11/3.
LITTLE TERN S. albifrons; 10+ Samut Sakhon 3/3, 8+ Krabi 10/3.
SPOTTED DOVE S. chinensis; Common Bangkok, Krabi, etc.
RED TURTLE-DOVE S. tranquebarica; Common Bangkok.
EMERALD DOVE C. indica; 1 KNC 6/3.
ZEBRA DOVE G. striata; Common Bangkok, Krabi, etc.
THICK-BILLED PIGEON T. curvirostra; 3-6 daily KNC.
PIED IMPERIAL PIGEON D. bicolour; 5 Phi-Phi Leh 24/3, 2-5 daily Phi-Phi Don.
VERNAL HANGING-PARROT L. vernalis; 2 KNC 7/3, 1 KNC 21/3.
PLAINTIVE CUCKOO C. merulinus; 1 KNC 6/3.
DRONGO-CUCKOO S. lugubris; 1 KNC 20/3.
KOEL E. scolopacea; 1 heard Lumphini Park 29/3.
GREEN-BILLED MALKOHA P. tristis; 2-3 usually seen Krabi area, 3 KNC 23/3.
CHESTNUT-BREASTED MALKOHA P. curvirostris; 1 KNC 20/3.
GREATER COUCAL C. sinensis; Common in suitable habitat.
LESSER COUCAL C. bengalensis; 1 near KNC 9/3.
ORIENTAL SCOPS-OWL O. sunia; 1 near KNC 20/3.
BUFFY FISH-OWL K. ketupa; 1 Dome Cave 22/3.
SPOTTED WOOD-OWL S. seloputo; 2 near KNC 8/3.
JAVAN FROGMOUTH B. javansis; 1 near KNC 20/3.
GREAT-EARED NIGHTJAR E. macrotis; 2 KNC 20/3.
LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR C. macrurus; Seen most evenings KNC, 6+ 20/3.
HIMALAYAN/BLACK-NEST/EDIBLE-NEST SWIFTLETS A. brevirostris/maximus/fucifgus; Many swiftlets seen especially Krabi/KNC area.Rump colour white>dark, some with paler chins, some slightly larger than others. Checking tail notches rarely resolved anything. Some birds looked like Germain's Swiftlet [Collocalia Germani]; I've seen these on Palawan, but I'm not sure if they're supposed to occur here. Basically I gave up on them!
SILVER-RUMPED NEEDLETAIL R. leucopygialis; Seen most days KNC, maximum 6.
BROWN-BACKED NEEDLETAIL H. giganteus; Seen most days KNC, max.10, 9/3.
ASIAN PALM-SWIFT C. balasiensis; Common everywhere.
HOUSE SWIFT A. nipalensis; Common Krabi, KNC, and Bangkok, where they nest in large numbers under ledges on sky-scrapers; Silom Road for example.
GREY-RUMPED TREESWIFT H. longipenis; Always seen on road to Honeyguide site, max.3 9/3.
WHISKERED TREESWIFT H. comata; 1, road to Honeyguide site, 8/3.
COMMON KINGFISHER A. atthis; Common Krabi and on coast.
BLUE-EARED KINGFISHER A.meninting; 2 on road to Honeyguide site 8/3,1 behind Marakot bungalows 17/3.
BANDED KINGFISHER L. pulchella; 1 fem. KNC 8/3.
BROWN-WINGED KINGFISHER P. amauropterus; 5 Krabi 11/3, 1 Phang Nga reserve HQ 22/3.
RUDDY KINGFISHER H. coromander; 2 Krabi 11/3.
SMYRNA KINGFISHER H. smyrnensis; Common.
BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHER H. pileata; 1 Krabi 10/3, 4 Krabi 11/3.
COLLARED KINGFISHER T. chloris; Scarce Krabi area; common around coast; 3 Poda Island 14/3.
CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER M. leschenaulti; 5 Ao Nang 4/3.
INDIAN ROLLER C. benghalensis; 1 near KNC 9/3.
DOLLARBIRD E. orientalis; Common KNC, Krabi, Ko Phi-Phi.
ORIENTAL PIED HORNBILL A. albirostris; 4+ Poda Island 14/3.
WREATHED HORNBILL A. undulates; 5 near Honeyguide site 8/3, 3 on 17/3.
GOLD-WHISKERED BARBET M. chrysopogon; 1 KNC 7/3.
RED-THROATED BARBET M. mystacophanos; 1 KNC 20/3.
COPPERSMITH BARBET M. haemacephala; Common everywhere, including Bangkok.
BROWN BARBET C. fuliginosus; 1 KNC 19/3.
LAYSIAN HONEYGUIDE I. Archipelagicus; 1 KNC 8/3.
GREY-CAPPED WOODPECKER D. canicapillus; 2 KNC 6/3, 1 KNC 19/3.
COMMON FLAMEBACK D. javanense; 1 Krabi 11/3.
STREAK-BREASTED WOODPECKER P. viridanus; 1 pair KNC 19/3.
BLACK-AND-RED BROADBILL C. macrorhynchos; 2 Krabi 11/3.
GREEN BROADBILL C. viridis; 1 KNC 8/3.
GURNEY'S PITTA P. gurneyi; 1 male KNC 6/3, at trail U22.
MANGROVE PITTA P. megarhyncha; Heard twice on Krabi River. Whistled 4 birds in at Phang-Nga, behind park HQ, views to 5 metres - must be one of the easiest places. Meritime Hotel, Krabi also good.
DUSKY CRAG-MARTIN H. concolor; 2+ Rai Leh 12/3.
BARN SWALLOW H. rustica; Common.
PACIFIC SWALLOW H. tahitica; Common.
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW H. daurica; Fairly common KNC/Krabi.
FOREST WAGTAIL D. indicus; 1 KNC 5/3.
YELLOW WAGTAIL M. flava; 1 Samut Sakhon 3/3, 2 Phang Nga 22/3, both of race angarensis.
GREY WAGTAIL M. cinerea; 2-6 always seen KNC, crystal pool area.
PADDYFIELD PIPIT A. rufulus/malayensis; 1 Phang Nga 22/3; probably under recorded.
RICHARD'S PIPIT A. richardi; 3 Dome Cave 22/3, 1 Phang Nga 22/3, sometimes at KNC foodstalls "field", although these may have been above species. Appeared to be more common than A. rufulus/malayensis.
ASHY MINIVET P. divaricatus; 1 Krabi mangroves 11/3.
BAR-WINGED FLYCATCHER-SHRIKE H. picatus; 2 KNC 17/3.
BLACK-HEADED BULBUL P.atriceps; Common KNC, Meritime Hotel, Krabi outskirts.
BLACK-CRESTED BULBUL P. melanicterus; Fairly common KNC.
STRIPE-THROATED BULBUL P. finlaysoni; Very common KNC, Krabi area.
YELLOW-VENTED BULBUL P. goiavier; Common in open areas.
OLIVE-WINGED BULBUL P. plumosus; Common KNC/Krabi area.
STREAK-EARED BULBUL P. blandfordi; Common Krabi area, very common Lumphini Park.
CREAM-VENTED BULBUL P. simplex; 3 KNC 19/3, 1 KNC 20/3.
RED-EYED BULBUL P. brunneus; Very common KNC.
OCHRACEOUS BULBUL A. ochraceus; 2+ KNC 8/3.
YELLOW-BELLIED BULBUL A. phaeocephalus; 1 KNC 7/3, 2 KNC 18/3, often heard but rarely seen.
HAIRY-BACKED BULBUL T. criniger; 2+ KNC.
STREAKED BULBUL I. Malaccensis; 1 KNC 8/3, 1 KNC 9/3.
BLUE-WINGED LEAFBIRD C. cochinchinensis; 1 KNC 18/3.
COMMON IORA A. tiphia; 1 KNC 18/3, 1 Lumphini Park 29/3.
GREAT IORA A. lafresnayei; 1 KNC 7/3.
BLUE ROCK-THRUSH M. solitarius; 1 pair Rai Leh 13/3.
BLUE WHISTLING-THRUSH M. caeruleus; 2 males + 1 fem. Rai Leh 13/3.
RUFESCENT PRINIA P. rufescens; Fairly common behind Marakot bungalows, also Foodstalls 'field'.
YELLOW-BELLIED PRINIA P. flaviventris; 2 KNC 9/3.
COMMON TAILORBIRD O. sutorius; Common Krabi, KNC, etc.
RUFOUS-TAILED TAILORBIRD O. sericeus; 1 KNC 8/3.
ARCTIC WARBLER P. borealis; Singles seen most days KNC.
TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER P. plumbeitarsus; Sometimes seen KNC, especially behind Marakot bungalows. Helpful to remember call is just like Greenish.
PALE-LEGGED LEAF WARBLER P. tenellipes; Always heard KNC; occasionally seen well.
ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER M. dauurica; Common KNC.
DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER M. sibirica; 1 KNC 8/3.
BROWN-STREAKED FLYCATCHER M. williamsoni; 2 Marakot 18/3, 19/3.
BLUE-THROATED FLYCATCHER C. rubeculoides; 1 male 8/3, 1 male 9/3, 2 males 19/3, all..KNC.
TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER C. tickelliae; 1 fem. KNC 19/3.
SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN L. cyane; 1 male 9/3, 1 male 20/3, both KNC.
ORIENTAL MAGPIE-ROBIN C. saularis; Very common.
PIED FANTAIL R. javanica; 1 Lumphini Park 28/3.
BLACK-NAPED MONARCH H. azurea; 1 male KNC 8/3.
RUFOUS-WINGED FLYCATCHER P. pyrhopterum; 1 pair KNC 8/3, 1 male KNC 19/3.
ASIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER T. paradisi; Common KNC.
FERRUGINOUS BABBLER T. bicolour; 1 KNC 8/3.
ABBOTT'S BABBLER M. abbotti; 1 KNC 8/3.
PUFF-THROATED BABBLER P. ruficeps; 1 9/3, 1 18/3, 1 19/3; all KNC.
MOUSTACHED BABBLER M. magnirostre; 1 8/3, 1 18/3, 1 20/3, 1 21/3; all KNC.
SOOTY-CAPPED BABBLER M. affine; 2 KNC 18/3.
SCALEY-CROWNED BABBLER M. cinereum; 2 8/3, 2 18/3; KNC.
RUFOUS-CROWNED BABBLER M. magnum; 2 8/3, 1 18/3; KNC.
CHESTNUT-WINGED BABBLER S. erythroptera; 1 KNC 8/3.
STRIPED TIT-BABBLER M. gularis; 2 6/3, 2 20/3; KNC.
RUBY-CHEEKED SUNBIRD A. singalensis; 1 male 6/3,1 fem. 19/3; KNC.
PURPLE-THROATED SUNBIRD N. sperata; 1 male 6/3,1 male 8/3; KNC.
OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD N. jugularis; Common Krabi area, Lumphini Park etc.
CRIMSON SUNBIRD A. siparaja; Common on Poda Island.
BROWN-THROATED SUNBIRD A. malacensis; Common on Poda Island.
LITTLE SPIDERHUNTER A. longirostra; Common KNC.
YELLOW-EARED SPIDERHUNTER A. chrysogenys; 1 KNC 19/3.
GREY-BREASTED SPIDERHUNTER A. modesta; 1 6/3, 1 19/3; KNC.
YELLOW-BREASTED FLOWERPECKER P. maculates; 1 KNC 18/3.
CRIMSON-BREASTED FLOWERPECKER P. percussus; 1 fem. KNC 7/3.
THICK-BILLED FLOWERPECKER D. agile; Common KNC including pink-billed juvs.
YELLOW-VENTED FLOWERPECKER D. chrysorrheum; Common KNC.
ORANGE-BELLIED FLOWERPECKER D. trigonostigma; Common KNC.
SCARLET-BACKED FLOWERPECKER D. cruentatum; Common KNC, Krabi, Lumphini Park, etc.
BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE O. chinensis; 2 6/3, 1 17/3; KNC.
ASIAN FAIRY-BLUEBIRD I. Puella; 2 7/3, 2 19/3; KNC.
BROWN SHRIKE L. cristatus; Fairly common; 1 Phang Nga probable moulting 'lucionensis'.
BLACK DRONGO D. macrocercus; Common Krabi area.
ASHY DRONGO D. leucophaeus ssp leucogenis;1 Dome Cave 22/3; probably under-recorded.
CROW-BILLED DRONGO D. annectans; 1-2 seen daily KNC.
GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO D. paradiseus; Fairly common Krabi area, also on the islands.
BLACK MAGPIE P. leucopterus; 2 KNC 8/3.
LARGE-BILLED CROW C. macrorhynchos; Very common.
WHITE-VENTED MYNA A. grandis; Common Lumphini Park only.
COMMON MYNA A. tristis; Very common.
BLACK-COLLARED STARLING G. nigricollis; 1 Lumphini Park 28/3.
ASIAN PIED STARLING G. contra; 4 Samut Sakhon 3/3.
PLAIN-BACKED SPARROW P. flaveolus; 1 pair Samut Sakhon 3/3.
TREE SPARROW P. motanus; Very common.
WHITE-RUMPED MUNIA L. striata; 200+ near KNC 9/3.
WHITE-BELLIED MUNIA L. leucogastra; c.15 KNC 21/3.
SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA L. punctulata; 10+ near Krabi 16/3.
WHITE-HEADED MUNIA L. maja; 3 ad. + 2 juvs. near KNC.
LONG-TAILED MACAQUE Macaca fascicularis; KNC, coastal areas, mangroves, etc.
SMOOTH OTTER Lutra perspicillata; Family group of seven on River Krabi, 10/3. Excellent views from boat, to c.30 metres.Very flat-tailed. 2 adults large, bulky; c.4 feet long. Quite tame. Family groupof five Meritme Hotel pier, 15/3. Obviously quite common.
GIANT SQUIRREL Ratufa sp.; Black with distinctive white underparts, including inside of all four legs. Seen daily KNC. About 3 feet long.
BEAUTIFUL TREE SQUIRREL Callosciurus sp.; Quite common KNC; one resembled Plaintain
Squirrel, C. notanus, with black and white flank stripes.
'HIMALAYAN' STRIPED SQUIRREL Tamiops mclellandii; 1 Dome Cave, 23/3. Excellent views of this exquisite squirrel clinging to top of bush having been 'flushed' by Lemon, the dog.
SUNDA SQUIRREL Sundasciurus sp.; 1 Lumphini Park, 28/3, resembled Low's Squirrel, S. Lowii.
BROWN RAT Rattus Norvegicus; 1 Krabi, 15/3, seen in restaurant! Large, brown, and in the toilet!
SCARCE WOLF SNAKE Lycodon effraenis; 1 Marakot Resort, again in the toilet. Non-venomous. The only snake seen well enough to identify.
SPINY-TAILED HOUSE GECKO H emidactylus garnotii; Common.
GARDEN FENCE LIZARD Calotes versicolor; Probably this species often seen Marakot Resort and KNC area. Many different colour forms seen, also males displaying.
MOUSTACHED LIZARD Calotes mystaceus; 2 28/3. Excellent views of this superb lizard, only seen in Lumphini Park.
GLIDING LIZARD Draco sp.; Frequently seen KNC area.
BENGAL MONITOR Varanus bengalensis; Occasionally KNC.
WATER MONITOR Varanus salvator; River Krabi, Phang Nga.
LONG-TAILED SUN SKINK Mabuya longicaudata; KNC.
RED-EARED TERRAPIN Trachemys scripta elegans; Common Lumphini Park.
A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF THAILAND Boonsong Lekagul/Philip D. Round. Pub. Saha Karn Bhaet Co Ltd, 1991.This book is essential, but has become hard to get hold of. In Bangkok, I had no luck at any branches of ASIA BOOKS. I eventually got a copy from BOOKAZINE, Patpong, CP Tower, 313 Silom Road, Tel. 231-0016/631-0752.[ Hours 9:30 am - 10:30 pm ], on our last day in Thailand! Trying to make do solely with 'Robson' can seriously hamper your birding here, although the plates are excellent. Price in Thailand 800 baht; in UK £45+. You have to USE this book to realise just how good it still is. Asia Books told me that it is now out of print; with perseverance it's still possible to get a copy. FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA Craig Robson. Pub.New Holland, 2000.
WHERE TO WATCH BIRDS IN ASIA Nigel Wheatley. Pub. Helm, 1996.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO BIRDS OF THAILAND Webster/Fook. Pub. Asia Books, 1997; Price 395 baht from Asia Books branches.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO SNAKES AND OTHER REPTILES OF THAILAND AND SE ASIA, Meryl J. Cox et al. Pub. Asia Books, 1998; price as above.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MAMMALS OF THAILAND AND SE ASIA, Charles M. Francis. Pub. Asia Books, 2001; price as above.
LONELY PLANET - THAILAND'S ISLANDS AND BEACHES Pub. Feb.2000.UK price £9.99. Includes Bangkok and all of peninsula, etc.
GLOBETROTTER TRAVEL MAP - PHUKET AND SOUTHERN THAILAND. UK £4.99, in Bangkok under half that price. Various local maps free from Krabi information centre, on quay; useful for finding KNC, etc.
THAILAND - JUNE 1996. Pete Holt. I found this report an excellent source of reference for this area, although unfortunately some info is already well out of date. Also includes Khao Yai. I would still thoroughly recommend it. Only available through OBC, price £3.50.
PENINSULA MALAYSIA, SABAH AND SOUTHERN THAILAND - 1/3-14/4/00 John Hornbuckle. Also various bits from WORLDTWITCH THAILAND, including reports on KNC by Dion Hobcroft and Mike Hunter. All recent and therefore very useful.
BANGKOK; WOODLANDS INN, 1158 Charoen Krung Road, Soi 32 Bangrak, Bangkok 10500. Tel. 235-3894. Website www.woodlandsinn.org. 600 baht/night double with A/C and breakfast. Good value for central Bangkok. Clean. TV. Wouldn't recommend Indian restaurant as it's slow, and completely non-smoking.
KNC; MARAKOT RESORT, 15 Moo 2 Klongtom - Bangtio Rd., Klongtomnua, Klongtom, Krabi, 81120, Tel.  415 - 1982. Signposted on main road, just past "Hot Springs". 400 baht/night bungalow for 2, 350 for 1 person; includes breakfast. Cold shower +toilet, electricity [ most of the time ]. Limited camping 40 baht/night [ own tent ].
Excellent place, superb food - and cheap. Run by two Thai girls, one of whom is quite a keen birder who certainly knows her Pitta calls. They are also very flexible about mealtimes. The bungalows are delightful - they make good bird hides - and are also very clean.
KRABI; CITY HOTEL, 15/2-3 Sukon Road, Krabi 81000. Tel. 66 075 621280-1. 550baht/night double with A/C and cable TV, not inc. breakfast. Very good, nice rooms, quiet, etc. Cable TV came in handy during 2 days of continuous rain. Also nice doubles + fan for 400 baht/night. Windows double-glazed so no noise from excellent night-market opposite. Staff allowed us to store backpacks there when away from Krabi.
AO NANG; JINDA GUEST HOUSE, ROUTE 4203, AO NANG. 200 baht/night double with fan, no breakfast. Not recommended. Paper-thin walls, very noisy, Club 18-30!
PHANG-NGA; PHANG-NGA INN BED AND BREAKFAST, PHANG-NGA. 500 baht/night double with A/C, no breakfast[!]. Rip-off! Small room, charged an extra 170 baht for pathetic breakfast.
DOME CAVE, ROUTE 4, JUST NORTH OF KRABI. SIGN-POSTED "BIRDWATCHING" 300 baht/night bungalow with fan and cold shower, toilet, mosquito nets. Food/drink extra. East side of Route 4, just north of junction with Route 4200. A chance to stay with a rural Thai family and get Buffy Fish-Owl [ and probably Grey Nightjar if it hadn't rained so much ].OK, so these aren't mega rarities, but the views of the owl are stonking; it settled on it's usual branch at about 10.30 PM, during a brief respite in the heavy rain. Barn Owl is also regular there. The guy is well into his birding and is trying to run a sort of nature reserve as well as growing fruit and vegetables, etc. They are very friendly, and his English is much better than our Thai!
We had enormous quantities of food and drink and celebrated the owl accordingly! Thoroughly recommended.
KO PHI-PHI; TWIN PALMS RESORT. 600 baht/night double with fan + cold shower, toilet. Breakfast extra. Extortionate, but all accom. on Phi-Phi Don is a rip-off. Clean, quiet.
CHONG KHAO RESORT. 600 baht/night large brick-built bungalow, fan, hot shower, toilet, breakfast extra. Very nice - good value for Phi-Phi, clean, quiet. Beware ripe coconuts falling on roof at 2.30 AM!
MET SINE TOURS; 78/46 M. 5 Taplamu Lampkean, Taimuang, Phang-Nga. Tel/fax 66 76 443 276, mobile +66 1 8938042. Boats to Similan and Surin Islands from Thap Lamu. 3000 baht/person round trip with 1 night accom. [basic], no food; 1800baht/person return day trip, 8.00>18.00, to Ko Similan Islands. About 3 hours crossing. Docks at Ko Miang [island no.4] where the Nicobars are. Expensiveway to ' twitch' one species; we declined on this occasion. We met two birders at KNC who had just returned from this trip, and they got the pigeons [with overnight stay] with no problems. Apparently cheaper from Phuket.
NATIONAL CAR RENTAL, KRABI AIRPORT.
Sam and his staff were very helpful; Tel. 01-4163726[8.00>18.00], mobile 075-691939. They will deliver/collect from Krabi town anytime. Rate 1100 baht/day - fixed. Good nearly new cars. Obviously a car is not needed for KNC; if time is short, or you decide you want to "splash out", GET 4-WHEEL DRIVE; a conventional saloon would have been useless, especially with the weather we had. We hired a Caribian Sporty 1.3 jeep, which was ideal.
NB; (1) Beware of very cheap local companies; We hired a Caribian in Krabi town for 800 baht/day that leaked like a sieve when it started to rain and the wipers didn't work! We returned it and got our money back.
(2) Avis at Bangkok will allow you to hire a car at Bangkok and leave it at Krabi - for 3000 baht extra! [more than the single airfare Krabi>Bangkok]. We had intended to do this to do some sites en-route, ie Khao Sam Roi Yot ; we changed our minds!
TRAILFINDERS. 1 THREADNEEDLE STREET, LONDON, EC2R 8JX. Tel 020 7628 7628.
www.trailfinder.com/ Trailfinders got us the best deal for flights via the middle east [cheap duty-free] that we could find on [and off] the internet. We flew Gulf Air via Bahrain for £424/person inc. all taxes [except Thai return passenger duty - about £8/person]. Kuwait Airlines was slightly cheaper but 'dry'. Gulf Air service was excellent, as was Trailfinders.
THAI AIRWAYS (INTERNAL FLIGHTS).
Flights to Krabi were 2150baht/person single, inc tax. [same return]. Flights do get heavily booked - if desparate try "standby" booking office at Bangkok Domestic Airport [Thai Airways - at far end of terminal].
TAXIS/ TUK-TUK/ SONGTHAEW/ DRIVING.
In Bangkok we found taxis [metered] cheaper than Tuk-Tuks[fixed-fare]. Down south the songtheaws were excellent value for getting about locally. Driving was no problem, even in Bangkok, except for place name signs. Virtually all signs there are in Thai script only, so getting about can be interesting! On the expressways there are English translations ["Roman script"]. Avoiding morning and evening rush-hours makes obvious sense if possible.
Thanks to Vince Kinsler for very recent news on the "Spooner" just before we left UK, and very precise directions; also to those whose trip reports were so useful - see Reference Material.
Thanks to Paul Bamford for his company at KNC and Krabi [especially the 5 hour log call!] and to Nigel and Donna Crook for finding the best nightclub in Krabi!
Finally thanks to all the Thai people we met for making our stay so enjoyable.
NICK RANSDALE and CORAZON DYE
7 ELM RISE