Terms & Conditions

Reservations: 
To make a reservation, complete and return the booking form, together with a cheque payable to Forest Birding Tours, or bank transfer for the deposit for the tour you are interested in. Forest Birding Tours will then send you written confirmation and a receipt. It is in your own interest to book early to avoid disappointment as we can only accept reservations in order of receipt. Bookings are welcome up to the last minute. Please contact our office for details of vacancies

Passports and Visa Requirements: 
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid passport and where necessary a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the duration of your holiday. We accept no responsibility for your failure to comply with these regulations.

Group Sizes: 
Birdwatching is best enjoyed in a small group, and we aim to offer the best leader per group ratio around. This allows for more personal attention and better opportunities for all group members to see and enjoy the birdlife. To optimize your enjoyment and to enjoy more bird species we have restricted clients to a maximum of between 6-8 per advertised tour, with a minimum of four for each holiday to go ahead. The maximum number for each tour is shown on the respective tour page of the website. 

Payment: 
The balance for all bookings must be paid 60 days before the holiday is due to commence. You will be sent an invoice showing monies paid and the balance due for the holiday you have chosen; if the said balance is not paid the booking will be deemed to have been cancelled. Payment should be by cheque made out to Forest Birding Tours or bank transfer. Please note that we do not accept part payment of deposits or balances, nor post-dated cheques. After receipt of balance we will send you written confirmation of all monies paid, along with advisory notes, names of other group members, and bird check list for your particular tour. We accept payment in US Dollars. Whichever currency you use to make the basic deposit payment must be used for all further payments. Switching of currencies is not permitted

Cancellations: 
Any cancellation must be in writing and signed by whoever signed the booking form. It will take effect on the day we receive it. In the event of you cancelling your booking the following scale of charges will apply.
Accommodation & Road Transport: 
The hotels/guesthouses are comfortable and of good or medium standard throughout. Road transport is by small coach or minibus and roads are now generally good.
Tour Alterations: 
Circumstances can change i.e. weather conditions, transport, political situations and even bird migration. Because of this Forest Birding Tours and local ground agents reserve the right to change any particular itinerary. If an itinerary has to be changed by the leader while you are on the holiday then you must respect their professional decision.

Pace of tour: 
The tour is a relatively strenuous and require a good degree of physical fitness due to the high temperatures in the south, some longish walks and a moderate amount of ascent and descent. Some days will involve walking about six miles, for example the walk to Crocodile Lake and back at Cat Tien National Park. However most walking is fairly easy and will include plenty of stops for birding. Some uphill and cross-country walking is required in the sites around Dalat, as well as Tam Dao in the north on the extension. 

Our birding days will normally begin around 5:30 a.m. with a quick early breakfast before birding. Some days we might take a light packed breakfast. Bird activity usually drops off by 11:00 a.m. and lunch would normally be taken at the park headquarters, hotel or nearby restaurant followed by a siesta before resuming birding around 2:30 p.m.  until 6:00 p.m. or dusk. There are some three/four hour drives and one long drive of around eight hours. 

Food and drinks:

  • Vietnam is rightly famous for its delicious and healthy cuisine. Rice is, of course, the staple and most Vietnamese eat it at every meal. Breakfasts often consist of bread or noodles, though. Our meals will vary from quite fancy to fairly simple depending on our location but always tasty. As is the custom throughout much of Asia, a variety of dishes will be placed on our table by our hosts and the group will share the meal. Usually, we will have two or three vegetable dishes and one or two meat dishes, generally chicken or pork. Meals are eaten with chopsticks in Vietnam but a fork and spoon can usually be provided if preferred. In the cities Western food can be found for variety and the French-style Vietnamese bread is delicious and ubiquitous.
  • Bottled water and/or a soft drink or a beer is provided at lunch and dinner, as is coffee or tea. Bottled water is provided in our vehicle during the day. Personal drinking water for use in your room is the responsibility of the individual. 

 

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