Yaring Mangrove Forest
Pattani Province


Thailand


World

 

Overview

This small area of protected mangrove just north of Yaring town is worth a short visit for the potential of finding a few speciality species that can be difficult elsewhere, particularly Mangrove Blue Flycatcher. Information on this page verified/accurate as of 27 May 2015.

Doi Inthanon Map

Access

The forest is found either side of the road just north of town after crossing the Pattani River, but is best explored from the boardwalk at the Yaring Mangrove Research Station. Take Highway 42 east of Pattani, for about 15 kilometres, and turn left, north, through Yaring town toward the coast. The Pattani River is crossed after 0.6 kilometres, with the Research Station on the left, a further 0.4 kilometres. The offices and boardwalk are open to the pubic, and no entrance fee is required, though visitors should register in the log book. If arriving early it may be necessary to open the entrance gate to park inside.

Accommodation and Facilities

Facilities are limited to a toilet at the Research Station. Food and drink can be found in Yaring town. It would not be recommended to stay in Yaring town - a better option being to stay at one of the resorts along the highways away from town, nearer Hat Yai.

 

Mangrove Blue Flycacther
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

Little Bronze Cuckoo
Little Bronze Cuckoo

Birding

One or two hours early morning or late afternoon are sufficient to cover the mangroves. The boardwalk runs for about 1.2 kilometres in length, making a loop from the offices to the edge of the Pattani River. The most sought after species is the Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, that is found regularly, but only in very small numbers. Other species likely to be seen include Streak-breasted Woodpecker, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Olive-winged Bulbul, Common Flameback, Ashy Tailorbird and Mangrove Whistler. More difficult species, requiring luck, include Chestnut-bellied Malkoha and Little Bronze Cuckoo. The scarce Von Schrenck's Bittern has been found in winter here, as well as other mangrove sites in the south, and might be a regular winter visitor.

Checklist

Checklist of species.

Sunrise and Sunset

Detailed sunrise and sunset times.