You can zoom in and out on this map to find the best way to get there. As you zoom in the roads will be labeled and it is easy to map out a route.
For more pics from this site click here: Hala-bala, Thailand
Hala-Bala is a wildlife reserve in the south of Thailand. It shares its border with Malaysia. Hundreds of people have been killed in the last ten years. So most people completely bypass the area. So far all of the killings and bombings have been directed toward the military, police, schools and school teachers. So I don’t feel all that threatened here. And the people that I meet are extremely nice and polite.
I have no political views what so ever. I have been told two sides of the story, one by the Muslim’s, and one by the Thai’s. Have read a little about it, but I do not know enough to talk about it really.
This area is a no man’s land where law and order is kept by Police and soldiers armed with M-16’s, and body armor. And I am not exaggerating in the least. Many of the border towns here need to be seen to be believed. I regularly get supplies in a large border town close to Hala-Bala, and spend the night after my shopping. These places do not get going until after 10-12 PM. After that it slowly starts turning into a scene of total chaos. It makes Pattaya, Thailand look like a school ground. Along with police armed to the teeth every 10-20 meters. AMAZING to see.
But, the birding is on a scale I have never seen before. Void of tourists and travelers. The area is slowly returning to its natural state. The bridges in the park are in disrepair. The trails are over grown. A birding paradise! My intentions were to stay for a few days and leave. I now have been here for two weeks and do not intend to leave any time soon. Which I hope are not my famous last words. If you get my drift?
I am going to start this blog with a few pictures of Bulbuls. These birds are often over looked by birders. I found a tree that I call the Bulbul tree. The fruit is in bloom and the Bulbul’s are all over it.
Scaly-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus)
Cheers and good birding.