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LAEM PAKARANG

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LOCALE

Altitude (m):0-3
# Species*:53
# Excl Vagrants*:53
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:0
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Beach

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Laem Pakarang is a sandy beach with dead coral that is exposed during low tide when birds congregate around the tip of the spit. Palm trees line the beach. Inland are coconut plantations, lagoons, and scrubland. It's not considered a prime birding locale, but it's a good stopover for those in the area. Birding is best at high tide.

The main attraction is various species of waders and terns. Typical waders include Lesser Sand-Plover and Greater Sand-Plover, both usually present, and Terek Sandpiper and Gray-tailed Tattler regularly but not always present. Among terns, Little Tern is most commonly there, with Roseate Tern, Black-naped Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern sometimes occurring. Rarities are always possible, including Beach Thick-knee, Kentish Plover, and Crab-Plover.

LOCATION OF SITE

Laem Pakarang is located about 10km north of the tourist down of Khao Lak in southern Thailand. It's coastal location is on the way south toward Thai Muang and Phang Nga, not far from Sri Phang Nga.