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 Town’s 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.
Best Time to Visit Kalasin:
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 region’s best weather is between November and January.
How to get to Kalasin:
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.
There are unique opportunities in Kalasin to view a growing treasure trove of dinosaur fossils alongside the splendid natural beauty of Northeastern Thailand’s Isan region. Discerning travelers on luxury tours of Thailand jump at the chance to visit.
Appropriate Attire :
Hiking clothes are a great choice as you’ll likely do some trekking regardless of your plans, but if you’re visiting any of the sacred Buddhists sights in the region it’s best to cover shoulders, arms, and knees while on holy ground.