Situated on the mouth of the Red River delta and surrounded by inundated shrimp farms, Xuan Thuy National Park is a paradise for waders and shorebirds. Like many of the parks in Northern Vietnam it can be accessed by car from Hanoi (the trip takes about 3.5 hours), but Xuan Thuy stands out by being designated as both a Ramsar site and an IBA. Visitors who come from late fall to early spring even have a good chance to see the endangered Black-faced Spoonbill, a highlight species in Vietnam and the larger region.
Birding Highlights: Black-faced Spoonbill, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Spotted Greenshank, Saunders's Gull and Asian Dowitcher, among many other more common waders. Also an important stopover for migrating passerines and cuckoos.