Originally from the UK, Richard settled in Vietnam in 1992 and has been working in the country’s blossoming tourism industry ever since. Prior to setting up Vietnam Birding in 2007 Richard worked with a major travel company marketing the exotic destinations of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to tour operators and travel agents from around the world. Richard lives in Ho Chi Minh City with his wife and daughter and a large collection of natural history books. Away from birds Richard enjoys travel, art, tai chi, yoga, listening to his Velvet Underground records and following the ups and downs of Everton Football Club.
Le Quy Minh
Minh is one of the most experienced birding guides in Vietnam and one of the country’s top birders. He is a well-known figure among the international birding community especially for those who have visited Central Vietnam, and Bach Ma National Park in particular, where he headed up the ecotourism department for many years. Since 2007 Minh has been Vietnam Birding’s head guide which allows him more time to follow his love of birding and pass on his guiding skills to our other guides. Among Minh’s many talents is his ability to whistle in some of Vietnam’s most desirable birds with his expert impersonations of their calls. Minh lives near Hue, in Central Vietnam, with his wife, son and daughter.
Vu Trong Duyen
Duyen,(pronounced “Zuyen”), has been working as a forest ranger and guide at Cat Tien National Park since 1994. He knows Cat Tien’s forests better than anyone and has been guiding Vietnam Birding clients visiting this wonderful national park for many years. Duyen’s extensive knowledge of the local fauna and flora, friendly manner and his dry sense of humour make him very popular with visiting birders.
Nguyen Thanh Nhan
Like his close friend Minh, Nhan is a former national park guide at Bach Ma National Park in Central Vietnam where he worked for ten years up until 2010. Nowadays Nhan guides Vietnam Birding clients on tours through Vietnam enthusiastically sharing his local knowledge of the region’s fauna, flora and culture with them.
Tran Van Bay
After completing his studies at the forestry university in 2001 Bay returned to his home province of Ninh Binh and began working at Cuc Phuong National Park. Taking up birding the following year Bay was soon appointed birding guide at Cuc Phuong Tourism Department where he still works. Bay is the local guide for many Vietnam Birding clients visiting Cuc Phuong and he takes great pleasure in introducing the park’s rich biodiversity to visitors from around the world.
Le Manh Hung
A professional ornithologist based in Hanoi, Hung runs the Zoology Museum at the National Centre for Natural Science and Technology. He is a founder member of the Vietnam Birdwatching Club (VBC) which encourages young Vietnamese to take an interest in conserving Vietnam’s threatened natural environment through birding field trips and educational events held throughout the country. In addition to being an experienced birding guide Hung is also an accomplished bird photographer and karaoke singer.
Vu Duc Gioi
Gioi, (pronounced “Yoy”), is the head of guiding at Yok Don National Park, in the southern Central Highlands of Vietnam. Gioi grew up in nearby Ban Don village, once famous throughout Vietnam for its elephant tamers, but nowadays Gioi’s efforts are focused on conserving the area’s few remaining elephants and their habitat rather than domesticating them. With his expert local knowledge, great organisational skills and cheerful disposition Gioi is Vietnam Birding’s popular local guide at Yok Don.
Vo Thanh Vy
Vy (pronounced “Vee”) oversees the operations department at the Vietnam Birding office and is responsible for tour reservations and working with our local service providers. Before working with Vietnam Birding Vy worked in security at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport. A fluent English speaker, Vy teaches English classes for Vietnamese children in her spare time.