Between October 11th–15th the peculiar Naga Fireballs are set to return to Thailand”s Nong Kahi province.
Each year a number of glowing balls rise up out of the Mekong River, one of the longest in Asia, around 400 miles northeast of Bangkok.
They exhibit a reddish hue and are around the size of a bird”s egg. Anywhere between a handful and many thousands of these objects appear each night and locals give the occurrence mystical and spiritual significance.
Scientists suggest this unusual occurrence is the result of a set of coincidental biochemical circumstances, which result in sediment and decomposing matter at the bottom of the river combusting before the pull of the moon (which is at its fullest during this period) brings them out of the river.
Meanwhile the locals believe they are the breath of the serpent Phaya Naga from Buddhist tradition, which lives at the bottom of the river. Recent suggestions to the contrary have upset their spiritual sensibilities.
The annual event has become a festival to attract tourists and is becoming increasingly well known among adventure travellers.
These silent, mystic orbs can be seen from anywhere along the banks of the river, with the temple of Wat Paa Luang being one of the most popular locations.
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