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                             THAILAND 2010

                              Information for delegates

The World Pheasant Association (WPA), with assistance from King Mongkut’s University
of Technology, Thornburi (KMUTT), is delighted to announce plans for a symposium on
the conservation and sustainable management of all species of pheasant, partridge,
quail, francolin and guineafowl, with special emphasis on Asia, threatened species and
their habitats.    This meeting is the successor to the International Symposium of
Galliformes held in China in October 2007. It is being jointly organised by WPA, KMUTT
and the IUCN-SSC/WPA Galliformes Specialist Group. The objective is to hold a major
gathering of all those with an interest in the conservation of these birds and their

The International Organising Committee is dedicated to arranging a symposium which is
both informative and affordable for all WPA members who wish to be involved. The
Committee is able to offer some unique tour opportunities and has negotiated some
hugely discounted rates, most of which we will pass directly on to you, the delegates. A
proportion of these savings will be used to assist key participants whom the Committee
feels are integral to the success of the symposium, but who are unable to attend without
our help.

Please note there may be slight adjustments to prices and arrangements given here due
to circumstances outside our control (including currency exchange rates).

The first part of the symposium will be held at the 4-star Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
(www.imperialmaeping.com) in Chiang Mai. Delegates can stay either in the Imperial
Mae Ping or the cheaper 2-star Star Hotel (www.starhotelchiangmai.com) very near by.
Sunday 7 November has been set aside for arrivals and registration. The formal
sessions will start in the morning of Monday 8 November with a short opening
ceremony, and a programme of short talks, poster sessions and open debates will last
three days. Day trips to local sites of interest will be available for those wishing to spend
time away from the meeting (a greatly reduced symposium fee is available to those not
attending any of the formal meeting). Two evening dinners will be provided, one in the
beautiful garden alongside the hotel and the other a formal banquet hosted by WPA. On
the other two nights delegates are encouraged to explore the vast range of restaurants
and bars available just a short walk from the hotel, or sample the range of food available
within the hotel.

On Thursday 11 November the formal sessions will close. Remaining at the Imperial
Mae Ping, field excursions will be available to Dio Ithanon and Dio Su Thep National
Parks (2-3 hours drive north of Chiang Mai), and workshops and discussions will focus on
galliform issues. On the evening of Saturday 13 November the symposium formally
closes and delegates may return home the following day or join a post-symposium tour.
Excellent pre- and post-symposium tours have been arranged for birdwatchers,
naturalists, aviculturalists and people with cultural and other interests.

Wednesday 3 November: Arrive in Bangkok for the pre-symposium tour.
Thursday 4 November: Pre-symposium tour starts
Sunday 7 November: All delegates gather at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai
Monday 8 -Wednesday 10 November: 3-day Symposium with a formal programme of
talks and posters.
Thursday 11 November: Day visit to Chiang Mia Zoo and other local attraction.
Friday 12 - Saturday 13 November: Stay at Imperial Mae Ping and from here travel as
two groups to Dio Inthanon NP & Dio Su Thep.
Sunday 14 November: Depart for post-symposium tour or return home.
Please note that after the post-symposium tours there may be a need to book a hotel in
either Chiang Mia or Bangkok depending on where your tour ends and the timing of your
return flights.

Additional Tours
A pre-symposium tour and five post-symposium tours are available, catering for different
tastes and enabling delegates to visit world-renowned sites or places off the tourist trail,
all in the company of expert guides. The costs of these especially commissioned tours
have been kept as low as possible and will be run by official tour companies or people
well known to WPA. Information and booking details for all seven tours is detailed below
and early booking is advisable.

In addition, the programme includes a pre-symposium Conservation Breeding Workshop
and a post-symposium Scientists’ Training Workshop. These workshops are provisionally
scheduled for five days at a captive breeding centre near Chiang Mai and at KMUTT in
Bangkok, respectively. We hope to attract sponsorship sufficient to offer 10 free places
on each workshop for young conservationists at an early stage in their career from all
over the world. More details about these workshops will be available in due course.

PR1 Pre-symposium tour of Bangkok (4-8 November 2010)
Provisional programme
Wednesday 3 November: Arrival in Bangkok, travel to and check in at the Asia Hotel.
Meet in hotel lobby at 7pm to travel to local restaurant or have dinner in hotel.
Thursday 4 November (Day 1): After breakfast meet in hotel lobby at 9am for
walking, Skytrain and ferry tour of Bangkok. We will travel across much of the
downtown by Bangkok’s Skytrain before taking the public ferry to the Royal Palace. We
will spend the rest of the morning and early afternoon at the Palace. After a late lunch
we will take a boat trip around the waterways of Bangkok. We will eat together in a
local restaurant in the evening.
Friday 5 November (Day 2): After breakfast we will visit some of the many attractions
in Bangkok. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Saturday 6 November (Day 3): There are two options. 1) Take an organised tour to
the ruins of the historic city of Ayutthaya, one hour NE of Bangkok. Travel by bus to this
world famous site and back by boat. 2) For 9 people we are offering a days bird watching
trip close to Bangkok.
Sunday 7 November (Day 4): Transfer to Bangkok airport, morning flight to Chiang
Mai and transfer to the symposium hotel.

The headlong pace and flawed modernity of Bangkok match few people's visions of the
capital of exotic Siam. Spiked with scores of high-rise buildings of concrete and glass,
it's a vast flatness that holds a population of at least nine million, and feels even bigger.
But under the shadow of the skyscrapers, you will find a heady mix of chaos and
refinement, of frenetic markets and hushed golden temples, of dispiriting and early-
morning alms-giving ceremonies. One way or another, the place will probably get under
your skin, but you can spend a couple of days on the most impressive temples and
museums, have a quick shopping spree and then strike out for the provinces. Highlights
of the city include the dazzling ostentation of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo,
lively and grandiose Wat Pho and the National Museum's hoard of exquisite works of
art. Once those cultural essentials have been seen, you can choose from a whole bevy
of lesser sights, including Wat Benjamabophit (the "Marble Temple"), especially at
festival time, and Jim Thompson's House, a small, personal museum of Thai design.
Shopping varies from touristic outlets pushing silks, handicrafts and counterfeit
watches, through home-grown boutiques selling street-wise fashions and stunning
contemporary decor, to thronging local markets where half the fun is watching the
crowds. (Taken from Rough Guide Thailand).
Cost: £300 per person (twin occupancy, minimum of 10 people)
      Single supplement: £75 extra per person
      (Costs are subject to change if prices increase or if Air Asia flights become
      unavailable. If fewer than 10 people sign up for the trip it will be cancelled and
      the fees fully refunded.)


      Transportation in Bangkok (including a single Air Asia [or Nok Air] flight to Chiang
       Mai), accommodation (twin sharing), all meals, English speaking local guides,
       admission tickets to the sightseeing spots mentioned.


      Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
       travel to Thailand.
      Transfer from Bangkok airport to the Asia Hotel
      Sundry items such as tips, laundry, minibar, drinks/bottled water, gifts, etc

Chiang Mai
Despite being a developing city, Chiang Mai manages to preserve some of the
atmosphere of an ancient settlement alongside its modern urban sophistication. It is
regarded as the kingdom's second city, with a population of about 250,000, but the
contrast with the maelstrom of Bangkok is pronounced: the people here are famously
easy-going and even speak more slowly than their cousins in the capital, while the old
quarter, set within a 1.5-kilometre-square moat, has retained many of its traditional
wooden houses and quiet, leafy gardens. Chiang Mai's elegant temples are the primary
tourist sights, but these are no pre-packaged museum pieces – they're living community
centres, where you're quite likely to be approached by monks keen to chat and practise
their English. Inviting craft shops, good-value accommodation, rich cuisine and riverside
bars further enhance the city's allure, making Chiang Mai a place that detains many
travellers longer than they expected. Founded as the capital of Lanna in 1296, on a site
indicated by the miraculous presence of deer and white mice, Chiang Mai – "New City" –
has remained the north's most important settlement ever since. Lanna's golden age
under the Mengrai dynasty, when most of the city's notable temples were founded,
lasted until the Burmese captured the city in 1558. Two hundred years passed before
the Thais pushed the Burmese back beyond Chiang Mai to roughly where they are now,
and the Burmese influence is still strong – not just in art and architecture, but also in the
rich curries and soups served here. After the recapture of the city, the chao (princes) of
Chiang Mai remained nominal rulers of the north until 1939, but, with communications
rapidly improving from the beginning of the last century, Chiang Mai was brought firmly
into Thailand's mainstream as the region's administrative and service centre. The
traditional tourist activities in Chiang Mai are visiting the temples and shopping for
handicrafts, pursuits which many find more appealing here than in the rest of Thailand.
A pilgrimage to Doi Su Thep, the mountain to the west of town, should not be missed, to
see the sacred temple and the towering views over the valley of the Ping River, when
weather permits. (Taken from Rough Guide Thailand).

Day tours will be offered for those not attending the symposium sessions. Proposed
tours are indicated in the additional information sheets. If you want to undertake any of
these tours please contact the symposium organisers, via WPA Office and we will contact
the tour operator on your behalf.
Post-Symposium Tours

PT1 - Birdwatching Tour of Northern and Central Thailand

PT2 – Thailand Cultural Tour

PT3 – Thailand Nature and Biodiversity Tour

PT4 – Thailand Captive Breeding Centres Tour

PT5 - Laos and Cambodia Cultural Tour

PT6 – Myanmar (Burma) Tour

Brief details of all tours are given below, but more comprehensive details are available
on the WPA website.

(NB B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D =Dinner)

PT1 - Birdwatching tour of Northern and Central Thailand
(14-21 November 2010, 8 days and 7 nights)

Doi Inthanon: Southwest direction from Chiangmai town. The highest peak of Thailand
(2,665 m asl). Habitat varies from lower (deciduous), middle (coniferous) and the
summit (moist evergreen).
Petchburi:       Good site for important waders, especially spoon-billed sandpiper,
Nordmann’s greenshank etc. Habitats include saltpans, shrimp & fish ponds, coastal
flats, rice paddies and swamps.
Kaeng Krachan: Thailand’s largest national park located in Tanssarim range and a good
site to see northern and southern species together. Habitats include hill evergreen,
semi-evergreen, waterfalls and forest streams.

Sunday 14 November (Day 1): Huai Hong Krai, Doi Inthanon (L, D)
6am Pick up at hotel, proceed to Huai Hong Krai to look for green peafowl. Continue to
Doi Inthanon. Lunch. Check-in at resort near the park in the evening (3nts). Dinner.
Monday 15 November & Tuesday 16 November (Day 2-3): Doi Inthanon (B, L, D)
After breakfast all day birding at Doi Inthanon. Lunch. Back to resort in the evening.
Wednesday 17 November (Day 4): Doi Inthanon, Bangkok, Petchburi (B, L, D)
After breakfast birding around hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Arrive
Bangkok and continue to Petchburi. Birding. Check-in at resort by the beach (1 nt).
Thursday 18 November (Day 5): Petchburi, Kaeng Krachan (B, L, D)
After breakfast birding at Baan Paktale and Laem Phak bia. Lunch. Continue to Kaeng
Krachan in the afternoon. Check-in at resort near the park (3 nts). Dinner.
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November (Day 6-7): Kaeng Krachan (B, L, D)
5am Drive to the park with packed breakfast/lunch. All day birding. Back to resort in
the evening. Dinner.
Sunday 21 November (Day 8): Kaeng Krachan, Bangkok (B, L)
Birding at Kaeng Krachan or at Petchburi again and on way to Bangkok. Lunch. Return
to Bangkok in the afternoon.

Cost:      38,400 Bht (approx £730) per person (twin occupancy)
           Single supplement: Bht 3,800 (approx £72) per person

       Transportation, accommodation (twin sharing), meals shown, park entrance fee,


       Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
        travel to Thailand.
       Domestic airfare to Bangkok (about £100, can be arranged for you).
       Hotel in Bangkok on day 8
       Sundry items such as tips, laundry, minibar, drinks, gifts, etc
       Any costs incurred after check out from your hotel at the end of the tour.

PT2 – Thailand cultural tour
(14-21 November 2010, 8 days and 7 nights)

Sunday 14 November (Day 1): Chiang Mai – Lamphoon – Lampang (L, D).
Travel to Lamphoon city. Visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, the Elephant School and the
most important temple in Lampang - Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang. Travel to Lampang
for check-in and overnight. In the evening take a horse-drawn carriage for a city tour of
the markets, traditional houses along the river bank and the numerous temples in town.
Monday 15 November (Day 2): Lampang - Srisatchanalai – Sukhothai (B, L, D).
After breakfast visit Srisatchanalai Historical Park, located on the bank of the Yom River.
Travel to Sukhothai for check-in and dinner at hotel.
Tuesday 16 November (Day 3): Sukhothai – Phitsanulok – Sukhothai (B, L, D).
After breakfast visit the UNESCO World Heritage Historical Park which includes the
remains of several major Buddhist temples, a complex system of canals and ponds to
supply water to the city and a lotus bud-shaped stupa typifying Sukhothai architecture.
Lunch at local restaurant before proceeding to Phitsanulok, the nearby province to visit
Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat. Return to Sukhothai for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday 17 November (Day 4): Sukhothai – Ayutthaya (B, L, D)
After breakfast travel to Ayutthaya to visit the ruins of the World Historical Ayutthaya,
former capital of Thailand, with lunch at local restaurant. Dinner & overnight in
Thursday 18 November (Day 5): Ayutthaya – Bangkok (B, L)
After breakfast visit the beautiful Bang Pa-In Summer Palace then travel to Bangkok by
cruising along the scenic Chao Phya River on a luxurious motor launch. Disembark then
transfer to hotel for overnight (dinner at own leisure).
Friday 19 November (Day 6): Bangkok (B, L, D)
After breakfast visit the Royal Palace Grounds and the spectacular Wat Phra Keo. Lunch
at a local restaurant then free time at own leisure at a shopping centre. In the evening
enjoy a sumptuous Thai dinner and Thai classical dance performance in a traditionally
decorated Thai Restaurant. Special Thai food is served by charming Thai ladies clad in
national costume.
Saturday 20 November (Day 7): Bangkok (B, L)
In the morning visit the bustling floating market at Damnernsaduak with a stop at
Nakorn Pathom to explore the tallest pagoda in the world. Then proceed to the
picturesque Rose Garden for lunch. Afterwards, enjoy the colourful Thai Village Show,
Buddhist ordination, sword fighting, elephants at work, folk dances, and the traditional
Thai wedding ceremony (dinner at own leisure).
Sunday 21 November (Day 8): Bangkok (B)
After breakfast the rest of the day is free at own leisure until your flight home.

Cost:      27,000 Bht (approx £467) per person (triple occupancy)
           33,500 Bht (approx £600) per person (twin occupancy)
           37,500 Bht (approx £670) per person (single occupancy)

      Seven nights accommodation (ie on the nights of day 1 to day 7), meals shown,
       private transfers, sight-seeing tours with English speaking guide, admission fees.


      Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
       travel to Thailand.
      Sundry items such as tips, laundry, minibar, drinks, gifts, etc
      Any costs incurred after check out from your hotel at the end of the tour.

PT3 – Thailand nature and biodiversity tour
(14-22 November 2010, 9 days and 8 nights)
A nature and biodiversity tour to Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area, Khao Yai National
Park and Kaengkrachan National Park

Sunday 14 November (Day 1): (B, L, D)
Leave Chiang Mai at 8am and travel for about 5 hours (696 km) by minivan to reach
Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area. After check in at the lodging house, we will take a
walk around this area to get familiar with the resident bird species. Dinner at the
headquarter restaurant.
Monday 15 November (Day 2): (B, L, D)
In the early morning we will cruise along the largest freshwater swamp in the region to
see a range of water birds. Before leaving we will visit the local museum and aquarium
and, after lunch, we move to Khao Yai National Park, northeastern Thailand. The trip will
take about 3 hours. After checking in the lodging house, we may take a short bird
watching walk around the area before dinner.
Tuesday 16 November (Day 3): (B, L, D)
The first morning in Khao Yai, we will drive up to Khao Khiao Mountain, the highest
mountain of Khao Yai (1,292 m asl). There we can enjoy a good view of Khao Yai forest,
as well as visiting tropical montane forest and its bird species. We will then walk along
nature trails in evergreen forest for bird and mammal watching. In the afternoon, after
having lunch at the cafeteria, we will visit the famous Orchid waterfall and Heo Narok
waterfall before having dinner.
Wednesday 17 November (Day 4): (B, L, D)
Still in Khao Yai National Park, we will have a chance to visit the research projects of the
Conservation Ecology Program (KMUTT) in the Mo Singto Long-term Biodiversity
Research Plot (a 30 hectare botanical plot affiliated with the Smithsonian Center for
Tropical Forest Science). Research projects are focusing on scaly-breasted partridge,
Siamese fireback, silver pheasant, puff-throated bulbul and hill blue fly-catcher. Pig-tail
macaque and white-handed gibbons have been studied in the area for several years and
are now perfectly habituated. A vast range of other animals and birds are commonly
seen in the area.
Thursday 18 November (Day 5): (B, L, D)
Still within the park in the morning, we will visit a remote substation (Klong E Tao) in an
area rich in wildlife. We will leave Khao Yai after lunch and move to Khao Pang Ma, a
Reforestation Area. The area is known for its high Gaur density (a large mammal related
to yak, bison and water buffalo). On the way we will visit Wang Nam Khieo, with its
beautiful landscape. Just before dusk we will be looking for Gaur before having dinner in
a local resort.
Friday 19 November (Day 6): (B, L, D)
We will leave before dawn to look again for Gaur before leaving, around 10am, and
move to Kaeng Kra Chan National Park. We should arrive at the lodging house in the
Park before dusk. Before dinner we will take a walk in the surrounding forest to look for
birds and mammals.
Saturday 20 November (Day 7): (B, L, D)
We will travel within Khaeng Kra Chan National Park using its extended trail system.
Sunday 21 November (Day 8): (B, L, D)
We will move to Pa La U waterfall in the southern part of the park. This waterfall is one
of the biggest waterfalls in Thailand, entirely surrounded by evergreen forest of over a
thousand years old. This generates a particular microhabitat where several animal and
bird species can be found. We will stay at the lodging house nearby this waterfall for the
last night.
Monday 22 November (Day 9): (B, L, D)
We will leave from Pa La U waterfall in the late morning to go to Suvarnabhumi airport,
Bangkok. Before leaving we will stop at the Pa La U Human Elephant Conflict Project
(Wildlife Conservation Society Thailand) where we will have a presentation of the
conservation work done in the area.

Please consider leaving Thailand on the 23rd as we cannot guarantee being back
to the airport until the late evening of the 22nd

Cost:      Approx £550 per person (based on the maximum number of 14 people
           (If fewer than 14 people sign-up for the trip, costs may have to be increased)

   Eight nights accommodation (ie on the nights of day 1 to day 8). We will mostly
     stay in the lodging house of the National Park division. All houses have their own
     bathroom and toilet and bedding equipment (ie pillow, blanket etc) is provided.
     The houses have a big room which can accommodate several people (5-10
   All meals. Meals will try to cover various type of Thai food (not too spicy) which
     you will be able to order. Please inform us at time of booking if you are
     vegetarian as this type of food is not common in Thailand.
   All transportation.    We will use minivan with drivers who have extensive
     experience of working with wildlife related tours.
   Entrance fees to protected area and the river cruising at Bueng Boraphet Non-
     hunting Area.

   Accommodation in Bangkok on day 9. However, we can assist you with booking
     accommodation and can transport you there.
   Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
     travel to Thailand.
   Sundry items such as tips, laundry, snacks, alcoholic drinks, gifts, etc

PT4 – Thailand captive breeding centres tour

Part A – 6-day tour of the Chiang Mai area for nature, birdwatching and visiting
Royal Breeding Centres
(14-19 November 2010, 6 days and 5 nights)

Sunday 14 November (Day 1): An early start to travel to the Captive Breeding Center
in Omkoi, about 250 km from Chiang Mai. Given the distant location of the breeding
centre we will take a packed lunch. We will travel back to Chiang Mai to overnight, with
dinner taken on the way back, near Doi Intanon National Park.
Monday 15 November (Day 2): Another early start to travel into the mountains of
Phayao and into the Doi Phu Nang National Park, about 220 km from Chiang Mai. On
arrival we will have a small lunch, followed by a welcome talk and guided tour through
the park. We will overnight in guesthouses in the park and, depending on the number of
participants, in park tents. The guesthouses have shared bedrooms with more than 2
beds, a WC and showers with warm water. The guest house holds about 20 people.
Tuesday 16 November (Day 3): Today we have to travel about 160 km, first to
Chiang Rai, where we will visit the well known “white Wat” or Monastery. Then we go on
up to the “Golden Triangle”. Just before Mae Sai is situated the Doi Tung Breeding
Centre. Here we have the possibility to stay overnight in the Botanical Garden or in
several guesthouses nearby.
Wednesday 17 November (Day 4): We have a very strenuous day ahead of us. In
the morning we will pass Chiang Dao, passing by Pai up into the breathtaking mountains
to Mae Hong Son, where we will arrive after a 425 km drive. We will overnight in Mae
Hong Son.
Thursday 18 November (Day 5): Visit the Breeding Center at Pantong in the Royal
Palace and the adjoining botanical garden. After lunch visit the Pang Mu Breeding
Friday 19 November (Day 6): Travel back to Chiang Mai by coach (5 hours - 250 km)
or by plane.

Cost:       Approx €300-400 (approx £260-350) per person
            (This is an approximation of the likely cost. An accurate price for the tour will
            be calculated once we know the exact number of participants)
            Single supplement exists. If a single member of the tour wishes to share
            they must indicate this on the booking room and an attempt will be made to
            find someone to share a room, but this is not guaranteed.
            Maximum of 30 people, based on a first come first served basis.

NB: This will be a very strenuous trip in terms of very long days and a lot of travel. The
roads in the area are as good as in Europe, however, in the mountains they are narrow
and full of bends, so those that get travel sick please be aware. The coaches and, in the
mountainous narrow roads, mini-busses are of a high standard and are air conditioned.

Part B – An extension to experience some of Thailand’s cultural attractions
(22-25 November 2010, 4 days and 3 nights)

As part A of this tour will be rather tiring, it is suggested that two days rest are taken in
Chiang Mai before departing on this extension.

Monday 22 November (Day 1): We fly via Bangkok to the south of the country to
Trang. Overnight in a hotel in Trang.
Tuesday 23 November (Day 2): Visit Phatthalung Breeding Center which is
wonderfully situated in tropical rainforest. Enjoy a guided tour through the National
Park, home to argus pheasants.
Wednesday 24 November (Day 3): Visit Thale Noi Freshwater-National Park, famous
for its numerous waterfowl. Enjoy a wonderful boat trip on the lake.
Thursday 25 (Day 4): Fly back to Bangkok or, if you wish, to Phuket or Krabi, about
150–200 km north of Trang.

Cost:       Approx €350 (approx £305) per person
            (This is an approximation of the likely cost. An accurate price for the tour will
            be calculated once we know the exact number of participants)
            Single supplement exists. Single travellers wishing to share must indicate
            this on the booking room and an attempt will be made to find someone to
            share a room, but this is not guaranteed.
            Maximum of 30 people, based on a first come first served basis.


       All accommodation as indicated above in good hotels for the stay over in Chiang
        Mai (ie good value, clean rooms with en suite, but not necessarily 4 star). During
        the tours and excursions, overnight stays in simple wood buildings with multi-
        people bedrooms, toilet and bathroom are possible (at the Doi Phu Nang National
       All transportation as indicated above, including flights from Chiang Mai to
        Bangkok, or Mae Hong Son, if desired. Packed lunches as indicated above and all
        transportation with comfortable minibuses, coaches or taxis.     Everything is
        dependent on the numbers of participants: smaller numbers = smaller cars,
        larger numbers = coaches or minibuses.


       Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
        travel to Thailand.
       All food and drinks. Some hotels offer a breakfast and, if so, that is included in
        the price, but all other meals will need to be ordered as per personal
        requirements and paid for individually. If a group meal is purchased the cost of
        the meal will be equally divided between the number of people present. If meals
        are ordered individually then each person pays for what they have ordered. All
        drinks will be paid for separately. There will be a degree of flexibility about where
        and what we eat, and the group may wish to split up if opinions or tastes differ,
        but the guide will try and find suitable restaurants that offer a wide range of food.
       Any accommodation in Bangkok before the international flight home.
       Airport taxes are not included in the price above, but these are usually included in
        the cost of tickets for flights from Thailand.
       Visas. In some cases these are not necessary for travellers to Thailand of less
        than 30 days, but the regulations for some nationalities has changed recently and
        all participants must check their own visa requirements.

       For further information and to join this tour please contact Fritz Esser

PT5 - Laos and Cambodia cultural tour
(14-25 November 2010, 12 nights and 11 days)

Sunday 14 November (Day 1): We will take an afternoon flight to the UNESCO World
Heritage city of Louang Phabang in Northern Laos. After arrival and checking in to the
hotel we will take a short walk around the small city to orientate ourselves.
Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 November (Day 2-3): We will spend two days in and
around Louang Phabang taking in the vast number of temples and cultural sites.
Wednesday 17 November (Day 4): We will take a morning flight to Vientiane, Laos’
capital city. After checking in to our hotel we will have lunch and a leisurely walk around
the city taking in a range of cultural sites.
Thursday 18 November (Day 5): We will spend the day in and around Vientiane
taking in the vast number of temples and cultural sites. We will also visit the morning
market (open all day) to view and purchase gifts and local silk.
Friday 19 November (Day 6): We will take an early morning flight to Siem Reap.
After checking in to our hotel to refresh ourselves and an early lunch we will spend the
rest of the day visiting the world famous temples that make up the vast Angkor Wat
temple complex.        We will travel around the sites by tuk tuks (three-wheeled
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November (Day 7-8): We will spend two whole days
visiting the vast Angkor Wat temple complex. Each day after breakfast we will spend
much of the morning visiting the temples, returning to our hotel for lunch and to avoid
the extreme heat of the day, before going out again for an afternoon visit to the
Monday 22 November (Day 9): In the morning we will take the public bus (very
comfortable and air conditioned) to Phnom Penh. Depending on the time we arrive we
will take a tuk tuk tour of the town to orientate ourselves.
Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 November (Day 10-11): All day in Phnom Penh.
We will use tuk tuks to visit various key sites of interest, including Wat Phnom, the Royal
Palace National Museum and various temples, the infamous (if slightly gruesome) Khmer
Rouge Toul Sleng prision and killing fields.
Thursday 25 November (Day 12): We have a morning to visit any remaining sites of
interest in Phnom Penh or to visit the markets for any last minute gift shopping. You will
then catch the afternoon Air Asia flight to Bangkok arriving at 6pm. Depending on the
time of your flight to Bangkok and then on to your home, you may wish to book an
alternative flight to Bangkok (which if more expensive than the Air Asia flight will incur
an extra cost).

Cost:       Approx £900 per person (twin occupancy).
            Single supplement: £100 extra per person (single travellers wishing to share
            must indicate this on the booking form and an attempt will be made to find
            someone to share a room, but this is not guaranteed).
            A minimum of six people and a maximum of ten people are required for this
            trip, based on a first come first served basis.


       All accommodation as mentioned above (ie on the nights of Day 1 to Day 11) in
        good hotels (ie good value, clean rooms with en suite, but not necessarily 4 star).
       All transportation, including flights, airport transfers and transport to and from
        attractions, restaurants, etc.
       Entrance fees to all attractions.


       Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
        travel to Thailand and then on to Laos and Cambodia.
       All food and drinks. Some hotels offer a breakfast (although these are generally
        not great) and, if so, that is included in the price, but all other meals will need to
        be ordered as per personal requirements and paid for individually. If a group
        meal is purchased the cost of the meal will be equally divided between the
        number of people present. If meals are ordered individually then each person
        pays for what they have ordered. All drinks will be paid for separately. There will
        be a degree of flexibility about where and what we eat, and the group may wish
        to split up if opinions or tastes differ, but the guide will try and find suitable
        restaurants that offer a wide range of food. As a rough guide, whilst it is possible
        to eat in both countries for only a few dollars a day, a more realistic US$25 per
        day per person will provide three very good (and big) meals per day including a
        few drinks. Main dishes are about $5, side dishes around $2, beer/coke/water is
        about $1.5 a can, but wine is all imported and may be $10-$20 per bottle.
       Airport taxes are not included, but these are usually included in the cost of flight
        tickets from Thailand and Laos. A $25 departure tax is payable in Cambodia.
       Visas. Both Laos ($35) and Cambodia ($25) require visas for entry and these will
        be purchased on arrival.
       Sundry items such as tips, laundry (the hotel in Cambodia provides free laundry),
        drinks, gifts, etc.
       Any costs incurred after being transported to Phnom Penh airport at the end of
        the trip.

For further information and to join this tour please contact Dr Stephen Browne
PT6 – Myanmar (Burma) Tour
(14-26 November 2010, 13 days, 12 nights)

Sunday 14 November (Day 1): (L, D)
Travel from Chiang Mai, via Bangkok to Yangon International Airport. We will be met by
a Woodland Travels guide and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon visit Bogyoke
Aung San Market. Evening visit to Shwedagon Pagoda - a 2500 year old world famous
stupa. Lunch and dinner taken at local restaurants. Overnight at Summit Park View
Monday 15 November (Day 2): Yangon - Moyingyi – Yangon (Birdwatching) (B, L, D)
An early start to travel to Moyingyi’ Wildlife Sanctuary for bird watching. Lunch at local
restaurant. Time for rest in the evening and walking along the embankment of Inya
Lake. Dinner with cultural show at Karaweik Palace. Overnight at Summit Park View
Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November (Days 3-5): (B, L, D)
We will spend two days in Inlay and one day in Kalaw. After breakfast and hotel check
out we will transfer to Yangon airport for flight to Heho by Air Bagan. Airport check in
time is early morning (5:30am) and we arrive in Heho airport at 9:05am, via Nyaung U,
Mandalay. From the airport we will travel by car to Pindaya Cave (approx one and a half
hours drive). After seeing Pindaya Cave, we then travel another three hours drive to
Nyaung Shwe, and then to the hotel by boat and one hour drive. Over both days
sightseeing at Inlay Lake, further visits to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village
of I n Paw Khon, Nga Phe Chaung monastery and other interesting places. Lunch and
dinner at local restaurants. Overnight stop at Inlay Golden Island Cottages Hotel.
Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November (Days 6-8): (B, L, D)
Three days in and around Mandalay.
After breakfast, hotel check out and then transfer to Heho airport for flight to Mandalay
by Air Bagan. Two hours drive (about 69km) will take us to Pyin Oo Lwin, a popular hill
station over 1000 m asl. The 175 hectare wide National Kandawgyi Garden, Pwe Kauk
waterfalls, Goteik Viaduct and Peik Chin Myaung Caves are places of interest. Lunch and
dinner at local restaurants and overnight stop at Pyin Oo Lwin. Mandalay is the former
royal capital of Myanmar. The royal palace and its impressive surrounding moat sits at
the foot of the imposing Mandalay Hill. You can observe tapestry making, silk weaving,
wood carving, stone carving etc. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Mahagandaryon, a famous
Buddhist monastery which is 2000 years old; U Bein teak bridge in Amarapura; Bagaya
monastery with its superb collection of Buddha statues; the Golden Palace monastery, a
superb example of a traditional wooden building; and Ku Tho Daw Pagoda (known as the
world’s largest book), consisting of 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures.
Watch the sunset from Mandalay Hill. At Sagaing area, visit Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda,
Kaung Hmu Daw natural pond for bird watching, the silver smith and pottery. Lunch and
dinner at local restaurants. Overnight at Mandalay City Hotel.
Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November (Days 9-10): (B, L, D)
We will spend two whole days at Bagan and Popa. Afternoon flight to Bagan by Air
Bagan. A Woodland Travels guide will meet you at the Nyaung U airport and transfer
you to the hotel. At Bagan, you will visit the important pagodas and temples, such as:
Shwezigone Pagoda, built by Kind Anawrahta in the early 11th Century; Gu Byauk Gyi, a
temple with exquisite murals of Jataka scenes; Khay Min Ga temple; Ananda temple,
with its four huge standing Buddha images; and watch the sunset in the vicinity of
Bagan’s ancient monuments. Next day visit Mount Popa, an extinct volcano with a
shrine dedicated to animist spirits known as Nat. For the energetic, climb 777 steps to a
shrine at the top of the volcano. Then, turning back to Bagan, watch the sunset in the
vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments.          Lunch and dinner at local restaurants.
Overnight at Bagan Aye Yar River View Hotel.
Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 November (Day 11-12): Bagan – Yangon (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit other interesting places in Bagan and then check out of the hotel
before transferring to the Nyaung U airport for an evening flight to Yangon by Air Bagan.
Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight at Summit Park View Hotel.
Friday 26 November (Day 13): (B)
Breakfast at hotel, check out and departure.

Cost:       Dependent on the number of people joining the trip:
            10 people – US $1796 (approx £1130) per person (twin occupancy)
            12 people – US $1652 (approx £1040) per person (twin occupancy)
            16 people – US $1460 (approx £920) per person (twin occupancy)
            Single supplement: US $282 (approx £150) per person


       Transport from Yangon – Heho - Mandalay – Nyaung U ( Bagan ) and Yangon,
        domestic flights as per itinerary
       Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
       Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast at hotel, in twin/double sharing rooms
        as per itinerary
       Boat fare in Inlay
       English speaking guide, station guide only
       Meals
       Admission fees


       Insurance. Participants should buy their own insurance for this trip before they
        travel to Thailand and then on to Myanmar.
       Flights from Chiang Mai to Yangon.
       Flights to airport for international flight home (there are no flights from Myanmar
        to Europe, so you will most likely have to return to Bangkok).
       Myanmar entry visa.
       International air tickets, international airport tax of US$ 10.00 per person.
       Tipping for guide and driver: US$3 per day per person is recommended.
       Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls etc.
       Video and camera fees.
       Boat fare in Moyingyi.


- Above prices are quoted in US dollars and subject to revision depending on final
  tour program.
- Above prices are subject to revision should there be major price increases on fuel
  charges, domestic airfares and other related costs.
- Minor tour program changes are necessary due to road and weather conditions
  and flight schedules.
- Please be informed that credit cards are only accepted in the major hotels. US
  dollar cash is widely accepted.

   This trip is being arranged by Woodland Travels through Alexander Pack-
Blumenau (Alexander.Pack-Blumenau@t-online.de). Please contact Alexander
                   for further information and to join this tour.
Booking, travel and accommodation

Symposium booking, costs and payments
All costs are given on the accompanying registration form and payments must be made
in £ sterling, either by credit card, cheque or bank transfer. The form should be
returned to the WPA office (details on the form).

Symposium fee
All symposium related costs will be covered by a comprehensive symposium fee of £170
per person if paid by 16 April 2010, or £220 if paid between 17 April and 30 August
2010. The symposium fee includes:
     Costs of hiring conference venues and facilities;
     Coffee/tea breaks and continuous refreshments;
     Lunches and two dinners at the Imperial Mae Ping; and
     Delegate pack, including abstracts booklet.
Non-attending delegates (ie those who are accompanying delegates, but who will not be
taking part fully in the symposium) are required to pay the non-attending fee of £75.
This covers the cost of making the bookings, coffee/tea breaks and refreshments,
lunches and dinners at the Imperial Mae Ping.

Booking fee (for 11-13 November)
This fee of £50 per person has been included to cover the cost of organising the three
days after the formal sessions of talks. The fee includes:
     Lunches and two dinners at the Imperial Mae Ping;
     Transportation to the National Parks;
     Entrance fees to the National Parks; and
     Other bookings and arrangements made for 11-13 November.

Not included
Please note that throughout the symposium and tours, the following costs are NOT
INCLUDED (unless stated otherwise):
     local tours/excursions;
     personal and incidental expenses;
     tips;
     laundry;
     telephone bills;
     drinks/minibar bills; and
     bottled water.
Please ensure that you have some cash/currency to cover these items. Note that credit
cards are widely accepted and ATM are available everywhere. Remember to inform your
bank that you are travelling to Thailand as frequently banks will block cards if they are
used in Thailand without prior warning.

Delegates are required to arrange and book their own flights to and from Bangkok or
Chiang Mai. Remember you will also need to arrange your own comprehensive
travel insurance.

Please note that Bangkok is a major international hub and almost every major airline has
flights to and from there. Cheap deals will be available for those that are prepared to
shop around. Therefore, it is recommended that participants who wish to obtain the
cheapest flights look in to booking their flights from a reliable travel agent or, for the
best deals, off the internet.

International flights: All major airlines fly to Bangkok and a number of very cheap
deals are available from internet based sites (eg expedia.co.uk) or from the airlines
direct on their websites. Many flights are direct, although some do break the flight in
the emirates. Thai Airways (and others) may be able to offer flights to Chiang Mai (via
Bangkok) which will negate the need to re-check in at Bangkok. A cheaper alternative
may be to fly to another Asian hub, such as Kuala Lumpur, and take a cheap flight to
Bangkok or Chiang Mai (eg with Airasia.com).

Internal flights: Those joining the various tours (pre- and post-symposium) or
travelling on cheap flights to Bangkok may need to purchase flights to and from Chiang
Mia. There are numerous flights daily on this route operated by very good airlines. For
example, expedia.co.uk lists a wide range of those that are available. The cheapest
alternative is to book with Airasia.com, which is one of the best low cost airlines in the
world and can offer some amazing deals (but they are very strict about excess baggage
and only 15kg is provided so you may need to buy more).

Visas are available on arrival in Thailand for many nationalities, but it is YOUR
responsibility to ensure that you satisfy the requirements relative to your passport and

Please make sure that you have suitable travel insurance for this trip.         It is YOUR
responsibility to ensure that you take out the correct insurance policy.

Most Asian hotel room prices are normally quoted on a per room basis and are room
only. We have negotiated excellent rates at each of the hotels we are using and offer a
package that we hope is very attractive and straightforward. Please note that in the Mae
Ping Hotel rates are for room and breakfast. The symposium is providing some of the
other meals and others will need to be purchased. All prices are based on two people
sharing – there is a supplementary charge for single occupancy at all venues.

Please note that after the post-symposium tours there may be a need to book a
hotel in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai depending on where your tour ends and
the timing of your return flights.

For all attendees that register before the early bird registration date and who have paid
their deposit by 16 April 2010 - we will book your hotel for you. If you register after this
date you will need to contact the hotel yourself to book your accommodation. To do that
please email the relevant hotel quoting “WPA Symposium and Conference” informing
them of your details and requirements. The email addresses are:

Imperial Mae Ping Hotel - maeping@imperialhotels.com
Star Hotel - swst@suriwongsehotels.com

In all cases you will be required to pay your hotel bill in full when you check out.

The Mae Ping hotel cost is inclusive of breakfast. The symposium and booking fee
includes the cost of 3 lunches, 2 packed lunches in the field trip days and four dinners.
We have left some nights free so that attendees can explore the wide range of
restaurants in Chiang Mai and eat at leisure.
Information about Thailand
The following information about Thailand is based on The Rough Guide to Thailand and is
for guidance only.

Climate: The climate of most of Thailand is governed by three seasons: rainy (roughly
May–Oct; cool (Nov–Feb); and hot (March–May).             The rainy season is the least
predictable of the three, varying in length and intensity from year to year, but usually it
gathers force between June and August, coming to a peak in September and October.
The cool season is the pleasantest time to visit, although temperatures can still reach a
broiling 30°C in the middle of the day. However, when we are there the average daily
temperature in Bangkok will be about 27oC and in Chiang Mai a cooler 24oC with only a
small chance of rain. It will be pleasantly warm to hot by day, but a lightweight pullover
may be needed for the cooler evenings.

Money: Thailand's unit of currency is the Baht (abbreviated to "B"), divided into 100
satang – which are rarely seen these days. Notes come in B20, B50, B100, B500 and
B1000 denominations, inscribed with Western as well as Thai numerals, and increasing
in size according to value. The coinage is more confusing, because new shapes and
sizes circulate alongside older ones, which sometimes have only Thai numerals. At the
time of writing, the exchange rate is B33 to US$1, B50 to €1 and B54 to £1. A
good site for current exchange rates is www.xe.com. Sterling and US dollar travellers
cheques are accepted by banks, exchange booths and upmarket hotels in every sizeable
Thai town. Most places also deal in a variety of other currencies; everyone offers better
rates for cheques than for straight cash.

American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards are accepted at top hotels
as well as in some posh restaurants, department stores, tourist shops and travel agents,
but surcharging of up to seven percent is rife, and theft and forgery are major industries
– always demand the carbon copies, and never leave cards in baggage storage. If you
have a personal identification number (PIN) for your debit or credit card, you can also
withdraw cash from hundreds of 24-hour ATMs around the country. Almost every town
now has at least one bank with an ATM that accepts Visa/Plus cards and
MasterCard/Cirrus cards, and there are a growing number of stand-alone ATMs in

Health: Thailand's climate, wildlife and cuisine present Western travellers with fewer
health worries than in many Asian destinations. There is no need to bring huge supplies
of non-prescription medicines with you, as Thai pharmacies are well stocked with local
and international branded medicines that are generally much less expensive than at
home. Nearly all pharmacies are run by trained English-speaking pharmacists.

There are no compulsory inoculation requirements for people travelling to Thailand from
the West, but you should consult a doctor or other health professional several weeks
before you travel for the latest information on recommended immunizations. Most
doctors strongly advise vaccinations or boosters against polio, tetanus, typhoid,
diphtheria and hepatitis A, and in some cases they might also recommend protecting
yourself against Japanese B encephalitis, rabies, hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you take the correct healthcare precautions and
to discuss this with your doctor, or at a travel clinic, several weeks before you travel. As
some treatments require a booster after a month, you should start these preparations by
mid-August at the latest.

                                  World Pheasant Association
                                Barbara Ingman, Administrator
         Newcastle University Biology Field Station, Close House Estate, Heddon on the
                          Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 0HT, UK
            Email: office@pheasant.org.uk Website: www.pheasant.org.uk

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