Isan was once home to Dinosaurs!! Phu Wiang National Park acts as the constant reminder to this fact. The fist Dinosaur fossil was found in 1976 by a uranium survey team which was later analyzed by specialists from France and was deduced that the fossil was actually the left knee bone of a dinosaur. This was the starting of a long excursion process that is still continuing and many other fossils have been found over the years. Spread in an area of about 380 kilometers, Phu Wiang National Park can be easily reached by renting a car in Khon Kaen. The vast stretch of land is full of many interesting attractions out of which the following call for a special mention:
Pratu Ti Ma
Located on a hill, it is the original site where the first fossil of the dinosaur in Thailand was found; here geologists have found various fossils after the first finding which also includes a fossil which has 15 meter high neck and tail. It was later disclosed that this dinosaur was a plant-eating kind which has not been found anywhere before and hence was named Phuwiangosaurus Sirindhornae as a way to honor H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
120-130 million years old fossils of Siamotyrannus Isanensis were also found at Pratu Ti Ma. These findings also state that tyrannosaurus originated in Asia; these fossils can be seen at museum of the Department of Mineral Resources. There are many other sites close by that give more insight into the long lost world of Dinosaurs.
This reclining Buddha was constructed in 9th century and hence is a legacy of an old civilization.
Tham Famue Daeng
Tham Famue Daeng is of great importance for these caves include prehistoric paintings done in red ochre by cavemen.