6 Days XishuangBanna and Puer Tropical Forest Birding Tour

Xishuangbanna is reputed as a fauna kingdom, which is true to name. It is the best place in Yunnan to plan a Birding Tour. According to statistics of scientific research, there are more than 450 kinds of birds living in the forest of Xishuangbanna. Jungle is the best home of these lovely cherubs, they are smart, naughty, cute and shy, so, it won’t be easy to see them even you have already heard they twittering around you. We are are going to take you to places where local zoological specialists highly recommended, and we truly believe that you will enjoy your time with these lovely creatures.


  • Get very close to tropical rainforest – overnight in nature reserve.
  • Meet rare plants and animals, birds mainly during the trip.  
  • Enjoy leisure time in different birding trip.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Jinghong – Mengla
  • Day 2: Mengla – Menglun
  • Day 3: Menglun – Sanchahe
  • Day 4: Sanchahe – Caiyanhe Nanture Reserve
  • Day 5: Caiyanhe Nanture Reserve – Meizihu Lake – Puer
  • Day 6: Departure from Puer

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Jinghong-Mengla

Sightseeing and Activities:watching birds on the way

Start from Jinghong, driver to Mengla, a town close to Lao border and with lush forest, we will cross man areas covered with forest, watching birds on the way, especially between Mengyuan and Nonglin, in the zone where farming land abuts on forest (recommended by local Nature Reserve Authority). Stay at hotel in Mengla.

Day 2 Mengla-Menglun

Sightseeing and Activities:Bubeng Nature Reserve, Menglun tropical botanical garden
Accommodation:Wanglian Hotel in the botanical garden

Go to Bubeng Nature Reserve to watch birds, where tall trees grow and cable bridges are set to connect trees with each other on the top for people to walk on and get open view. Move back across rainforest to Menglun, where the biggest Tropical Botanical Garden is located. Stay at hotel in the garden.

Day 3 Menglun-Sanchahe

Sightseeing and Activities:Green Stone Forest, Jinuo area, Sanchahe Nature Reserve
Accommodation:Local Hotel near Sanchahe Nature Reserve

Spend some morning time in the garden, a good place for birding, too. Later drive to Green Stone Forest for watching birds (recommended by zoological specialist), then go through Jinuo area, where it’s covered with dense forest and quite lot of birds live. Further drive to Sanchahe Nature Reserve, known as Wild Elephant Valley as well, stay at local hotel beside rain-forest.

Day 4 Sanchahe-Caiyanhe Nature Reserve

Sightseeing and Activities:Wild Elephant Valley, Caiyanhe Nature Reserve
Accommodation:Local Inn near Caiyanhe Nature Reserve

Watching birds around nature reserve of Wild Elephant Valley in the morning before tourists arrive, drive along old road to Pu Wen, across areas where forest connects farm land, move to Caiyanhe Nature Reserve, an ideal habitat of all kinds of birds (recommended by zoological specialist). Stay at local inn surrounded by lush trees in nature reserve.

Day 5 Caiyanhe Nature Reserve-Meizihu Lake-Puer

Sightseeing and Activities:Maizihu Lake

Try finding various birds in Caiyanghe Nature Reserve at very early time. After move to Maizihu Lake, for more traces of birds (recommended by zoological specialist), which is a park located to the east of Pu’er Town, around which it’s all covered with luxuriant vegetation, pine trees mostly. Stay at local hotel in Puer.

Day 6 Departure from Puer

Sightseeing and Activities:Zhalayakou Mountain Gap

Drive along old road to Zhalayakou Mountain Gap to look for more birds (recommended by zoological specialist), which is to the north of Simao town, area crossed by road to Kunming, but abandoned after new road entered service. So it’s quiet and wild. In the evening, departure for Kunming by flight.  Tour ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Mengla Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort Hejing Hotel Hailun Holiday Hotel Shuibian Dai Inn
Puer Puer Manyue Hotel Puer King Land Hotel Mingting Hotel Gudaoboke Art Inn

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.