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Activity: visiting a forest with bigheads and monitor lizards

January 7, 2012

Hans Verschuur

will show his

Farm and forest in Chaing Rai

Hans runs a farm, a delicatessen and an Italian restaurant in Chiang Rai. The aim of the excursion is to search for interesting plants and animals, as previous reports indicate this is a biodiversity hot spot (see pictures below). Any expert, amateur or tourist is welcome. We leave at 13.30 (sharp) from Tweechol and then we arrive at Hans’ farm around 16.00. In the afternoon light we can enjoy plants and animals, and after dark we may eat dinner à la carte at Hans’ restaurant Da Vinci in Chiang Rai.

Meeting time for carpooling: Monday, February 13th, 2012, at 13.30. This is departure time, so be there before this time, we can not wait!

Meeting place for carpooling: Outside the Tweechol/Horizon entrance before the exit to Doi Saket from the Chiang Rai road.

If you already live in Chiang Rai, e-mail Hans straight for driving directions: jhverschuur at

Cost: if you bring your own car – no cost, if you wish to join a car, share the costs with the driver.

Registration: To plan for cars e-mail us at least two days in advance:

What to bring: flashlight, binoculars, literature.

The big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) lives in Hans’ land in Chiang Rai. It is an ancient reptile and so different from others that many scientists claim it is not a turtle either (look at the long tail). Thanks to fencing the land has become a sanctuary, safe from poachers, fire and dogs. Photo: Hans Verschuur.

The rare clouded or Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis) also inhabits Hans’ protected land. Photo from a car: Hans Verschuur.

Both of these reptiles are wild so no guarantees that we will see them during this excursion.

Remember the excursion on January 29th!

Remember the art exhibition at Dokmai Garden closes on January 11th!

Most welcome!

Hans Verschuur, Ketsanee Seehamongkol & Eric Danell


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