A couple of weeks ago, I spent some time birding and sound recording in the far north-west of Thailand near the Myanmar border - mainly Doi Ang Khang & Doi Pha Hom Pok NP (Doi Lang). On this post I'll include photos and info relating to Doi Ang Khang (DAK), and will create a separate post for the Doi Pha Hom Pok (DPHP) highlights.
Doi Ang Khang is well-known amongst birders as a relatively accessible site for montane species, a few hours drive north of Chiang Mai. A number of small villages (Sian hill tribe I think) are scattered about on the mountain and connected by sealed roads. The forest at DAK is patchy and certainly not pristine, but generally the area is 'green' and provides suitable habitat for a good variety of bird species found in few other places in Thailand.
Rusty-naped Pitta (Hydrornis oatesi) are found in hill forests throughout Thailand - but are notoriously shy and hard to see. However, In the Royal Agricultural Station at Doi Angkhang (behind the bamboo garden) some bird photographers have been put out food to attract birds, and Rusty-naped Pitta occasionally come out into the open.