With our second week completed, one of the options for the weekend was a trip to a nearby national park for some hiking and to learn about the famous Khon Kaen dinosaurs.
Khon Kaen is home to several unique dinosaur species that were the first dinosaurs discovered in Thailand, and dinosaurs have become an important attraction and identity for Khon Kaen and the surrounding northeast region of Thailand (each of the dinosaurs were given locally relevant names, which include latin names such as Siamosaurus or Khonkaenensis).
Some of the SCC team went to a well organized Dinosaur Museum near the national park where the dinosaurs were discovered. The museum was filled with some excellent, bilingual interpretive displays as well as a life size, walk-through diorama.
In the national park itself there was a nice 4km trail which climbed the local mountain and connected 4 different sites where dinosaurs had been located.
Each of the sites were protected by buildings which enclosed the dinosaur bones as they were found.
It was good to combine the physical activity of the hike in the national park with the natural science and history of the Khon Kaen dinosaurs.