Dinosaur remains were first discovered in Thailand in 1976. Immediately the government began investigating sites where dinosaur bones were reportedly found. Since that time, no less than 5 new types of dinosaurs have been discovered here. These new types not only constitute new species, but 5 new genus of dinosaurs as well. In addition to new sauropods, a smaller and more primitive early version of tyrannosaur has been discovered. These discoveries make Thailand one of the most important places on earth for dino research.
Hui-Chen and I wanted to see some of these dinosaur dig sites for ourselves, so we traveled to Phuwiang National Park, about 100 KM from Khon Kaen.
After a 100 kilometer motor bike ride to get to the park, Hui-Chen and I decided to get something to eat. I took this shot to demonstrate that no matter how far in the bush you go in Thailand, someone, somewhere has a stinking TV going with Thai dramas.
Once on the trail to the actual sites, there is another small , and very confusing map. North is to the right, which is normally East. Notice “uranium area” at the top. Don’t ask me what this means, ’cause I do not know!
The trail to the dig sites begins on this section of sedimentary rock. The rock is stratified and hollow in some places. If you kneel on the rock and tap it with your hand you can hear differences in the sound among different areas.
This is one of numerous holes used for detonations to produce shockwaves so the profiles of underground objects may be read by computer. If you saw the movie Jurassic Park then you know what I am talking about.
Let me tell you that it is very hot here, and you have to be prepared for it. We did not bring any water with us because we were only hiking for a few kilometers, but inexperienced hikers and families with children will want to bring water for sure. I also highly recommend the use of sunblock. There isn’t much you can do about your hair though, after a 100 KM motorbike ride followed by stuffing it under a bush hat for hours.
After this photo was taken, we considered the advanced time and the local sunset and decided to go back down the mountain and back to Khon Kaen.