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Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W 4,000ha topography 2,167m 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (15.04.1997)


Birding Site Guide

Situated some 10 kilometres north of Da Lat, Lang Bian is the second highest mountain in the Da Lat area. The area is approached from Lac Duong, and the easily accessible track leads through open pine forest with some degraded broad leafed forest in the gullies. From 1,900m to the higher of the twin peaks at 2,167m the terrain changes to dense montane evergreen forest. Following the map from Nick Dymond's report made it easy to find the mountain, and it is reproduced above. The area is quickly reached from Da Lat, and as there is no accommodation or any other facility on the mountain it is better to stay in Da Lat and travel. We followed Nick Dymond's advice and didn't buy permits in advance, and we encountered no problems. We were allowed to drive straight in and only paid as we left. $0.40 cents each ! We drove almost to the top of the track, and found the pine forest edges were good. Once we began our ascent through the rain forest, the going was tough and the birding was poor. Never the less. Black-collared Starling, Vietnamese Greenfinch, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Silver-eared Mesia, Cutia, Crossbill and White-browed Shrike Babbler were new birds for the trip. 

Species seen 

Author: BSG, Geof Grafton