Khon Kaen Travel Guide :
| Located in the heart of Khorat Plateau, Khon Kaen Province is a prime commercial, educational and administrative center of northeastern Thailand. This is one of the largest and rapidly expanding provinces located on the banks of Chi River. Khon Kaen Province is widely known for its rich natural resources, dinosaur fossil excavations, serene lakes, quality silks, glorious waterfalls and unusual flora and fauna. More...
Phu Kao Phu Phan Kham National Park :
Phu Kao Phu Phan Kham National Park, spread over an area of 322 square kilometers, is located partly in the upper part of Khon Kaen Province and partly in the lower part of Udon Thani.
The topography of the park is mountainous with the top soil made up of sandstone and the soil underneath is either hard soil or sandy hard soil. The entire area is scattered with sandy soil and laterite.
However, Phu Kao Phu Phan Kham National Park still has many plants and animals. Even the natural beauty of the park is breathtaking. The park is covered with deciduous forest.
The national park is shaped like a frying pan. It has mountains around and a great plain in the very center. Millions of years ago, there was a volcano here, and what we see today of Phu Kao Phu Phan Kham is nothing but remains of that volcano. The Phu Kao Mountain Range runs in two lines in the northeast and southwest. More...
Phu Wiang National Park :
Phu Wiang National Park, spread over 380 square kilometers, is the park where you can learn about dinosaurs. Until 1976, there was no indication that this national park was once home to dinosaurs. But then everything changed. A uranium survey team found a piece of fossil which was checked by French specialists who confirmed that the fossil was a left knee bone of a dinosaur; and ever since excavations have unearthed more and more dinosaur fossils.
The first site of the fossil was Pratu Ti Ma, a hill. On this hill geologists found a 15 meters tall fossil of a dinosaur complete with a neck and tail. It is believed that this fossil belongs to a plant-eating dinosaur and was never found anywhere else before. The fossil was named Phuwiangosaurus Sirindhornae in honor of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Even fossils of ten teeth of meat-eating dinosaur have been found at the same site. Geologists believe that the long-necked dinosaur fell prey to the meat-eating dinosaur. Even among the teeth, one was different and belonged to a never-found species. Thus, it was named Siamosaurus Suteethorni after Warawuth Suteethorn, the discoverer of the teeth. More...