Access to Chiang Dao from Chiangmai is via a 3 hour winding road around the mountain and down to the padi fields. A series of fast moving rivers and man-made waterfalls are where the Crested Kingfisher likes to hangout. Amidst the swirling waters, look for some pools of calm waters; spots where river fishes rise to breathe - food for the Crested Kingfisher (even larger than the Stork-billed kingfisher). Where it fishes, varies from day to day and luck plays an important part in landing this lifer.