The Naga fireball festival – mysterious Mekong lights in Thailand

Tourists to Thailand are always attracted by its very interesting festivals, from The Monkey Buffet Fest – one of the strangest festivals in the world to Songkran – the most famous of all Thai celebrations. Another Thailand’s unique festival that you definitely should, without a doubt, pay a visit is The Naga Fire Ball festival which is also known as the Mekong Lights.

The Naga Fire Ball festival – one of the most unique festivals in Thailand
The Naga Fire Ball festival – one of the most unique festivals in Thailand

According to the beliefs of Thailand, Naga is a giant freshwater snake and the very essence of heaven and earth which has a great significance in Thai culture foundation. If you come to Nong Khai province on the full-moon day of the eleventh lunar month at the end of Buddhist Lent, you will have a great chance to enjoy the mysterious Naga fireballs spontaneously explode out of Thailand’s Mekong River. Locals believe that the Naga under Mekong River spits the fireballs into the air to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent while scientists says that the mystery behind the appearance of the Mekong lights is the result of natural causes. Whatever the reason is, witnessing the mysterious reddish, glowing balls rise out of the river is definitely a remarkable sight.

Mysterious reddish, glowing balls rising out of the river
Mysterious reddish, glowing balls rising out of the river

Thousands of not only tourists but also locals flock to the towns situated on the riverbank, so be sure you arrive early and stake out your own comfortable riverside spot well before sunset. The Naga fireballs vary in size as well as in number, from small sparkles to the size of basketballs and from a few tens to more than thousands per night. These fireballs shoot quickly and vertically from the river, so fast that they are halfway gone before you notice them. They are wispy and faint like ghosts or wallflowers: something really difficult to see even when you are looking right at it. To contemplate more stunning scenery, many visitors choose to hire their own boats, admiring while listening to traditional Thai music and enjoying the attractive local delicacies. Visit Mekong Thailand with Indochina tours Thailand

Thousands of locals and foreign visitors turn up to witness the rising of the Naga fireballs
Thousands of locals and foreign visitors turn up to witness the rising of the Naga fireballs

Thailand’s Naga Fireball Festival is something that you should experience at least once in your lifetime. Come and enjoy a miracle of light!

The Indochina Voyages team.

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