Dinosaur Trip to Khon Kaen

Over the period of two days, I’m in Khon Kaen province in Northeastern Thailand. The aim of the trip is to promote the dinosaur heritage of the region as well as some new and relatively unseen attractions. Apparently, as many as nine dinosaurs have been discovered in Thailand that haven’t been seen elsewhere. This means that Thais get to choose the name. On the first day I visited Phuwiang Dinosaur Museum, but there are five others in Thailand. Another one is due to open in Surat Thani soon. These photos were tweeted live during my trip.

Trip date: 12-13 October 2016

DAY ONE: Good morning from Don Mueang Airport. Today I’m flying Air Asia to Khon Kaen for a two day trip.

Breakfast in Khon Kaen. Kai Gata (ไข่กะทะ) pan fried egg with bread roll, and rice soup (ข้าวต้ม).

A new tourist attraction in Khon Kaen is a petrified forest (ไม้กลายเป็นหิน) in Sawathi sub-district.

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So far, ten petrified trees have been found in this quarry. They are believed to be a million years old.

An Isaan meal in Khon Kaen.

Phuwiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen is the first museum of its kind in Thailand. Open Tue-Sun, 9am-5pm. 60B.

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Inside the laboratory at Phuwiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen. These are some of the latest dinosaur bones to be discovered.

There are six dinosaur museums in Thailand. Phuwiang Dinosaur Museum in Khon Kaen is the most visited.

Phuwiang Dinosaur Footprints (รอยตีนไดโนเสาร์) in Khon Kaen. Not easy to see until you splash with water.

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Viewpoint from cliff top in Phu Wiang National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติภูเวียง) in Khon Kaen.

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Tat Fah waterfall (น้ำตกตาดฟ้า) in Phu Wiang National Park, Khon Kaen.

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DAY TWO: This morning I’m exploring Phu Wiang National Park in Khon Kaen, looking for remains of dinosaurs.

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These are the remains of a 6 meter long meat eating dinosaur in Phu Wiang National Park named “Siamotyrannus isanensis”

Nine unique dinosaurs have been found in Thailand so far. This means that Thais get to name these new discoveries.

A 26 meter high Buddha image at Wat Tham Pha Koeng (วัดถ้ำผาเกิ้ง) in Wiang Kao District, Khon Kaen.

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This afternoon I’m exploring Nam Phong National Park in Nong Ruea District of Khon Kaen.

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An excellent panoramic view in Nam Phong National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติน้ำพอง) of the Ubol Ratana Dam reservoir. Shame it’s so hazy.

Nam Phong National Park is located about 50 kilometres west of the city of Khon Kaen. It features rock formations and cliff-top viewpoints.

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