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What :

Kalasin offers a few eclectic additions to the standard natural beauty found in the Isan region. As with almost all destinations within Thailand, Buddhist monasteries dot the countryside, and ruins and monuments to kingdoms long past peak through jungle foliage.

But what makes Kalasin stand out among its sister cities and provinces is the dinosaurs. The area contains some of the highest concentrations of fossilized dinosaur bones in Southeast Asia, and archaeologists have teased several fully intact skeletons from the particularly fertile soil that has made the area so renowned for rice cultivation.

Sirindhorn Museum and Excavation Site on Phu Kum Khao Mountain is the repository of some 700 bones from at least 7 animals that have brought an increasing amount of attention to the quiet town of Kalasin. The museum is modern with excellent exhibits and displays spanning the beginning of planet earth to the birth of man.

Other fossils have been discovered in many of Kalasin Townís districts, and those that have been left in place are usually well marked. Phu Fang Forest Park outside of town has fossilized footprints to hunt for in a largish nature park with excellent views of the countryside.

When :

Monsoon rains between June and October make the verdant jungles and lush fields here a lustrous shade of green. March and May mark the highest annual temperatures, and the regionís best weather is between November and January.

Where :

Kalasin Town is the capitol of Kalasin Province in the Northeastern Thai region commonly referred to as Isan. The town and province are best reached by private vehicle leaving from Chiang Mai.

Who :

There are unique opportunities in Kalasin to view a growing treasure trove of dinosaur fossils alongside the splendid natural beauty of Northeastern Thailandís Isan region. Discerning travelers on luxury tours of Thailand jump at the chance to visit.

Appropriate Attire :

Hiking clothes are a great choice as youíll likely do some trekking regardless of your plans, but if youíre visiting any of the sacred Buddhists sights in the region itís best to cover shoulders, arms, and knees while on holy ground.

Guest Reviews :


Jason & Cindy Burgess - October 2013

My family and I took a two week long tour of Thailand with Easy Tours of Thailand and the trip truly could not have been any better.

Our guide was very personable, knowledgeable, and her English was excellent. In addition to offering a unique and local perspective throughout the tour, we were completely at ease with her and felt that she truly wanted to make our experience the best it could possibly be.

The private driver and vehicle that was set up for us was also excellent. I knew prior to our trip that it would probably be best to reserve this type of service during our travels, but I had no idea how invaluable this ended up being for us. He maneuvered through crowded streets and unexpected roadblocks with ease, and knew which areas to avoid driving through and efficient alternative routes. To top it off, the vehicle was always very clean, air conditioned, and there were cold drinks waiting for us after visiting a site.

The tour itself was completely tailored to what we wanted to see and what our interests are with assistance from their U.S Sales Office prior to arriving in Bangkok. They provided a day by day itinerary for us which was great, but the best part was having the freedom to change things as needed, or make unexpected stops to explore, as the tour unfolded.

I would definitely use this company again if we go back to Thailand.



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