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BANG FAI PHAYA NAK

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The most famous "BANG FAI PHAYA NAK" (บั้งไฟพญานาค) or Naga Fireballs Festival is happening in Nong Khai province, located in Isan region - Northeast of Thailand. The festival happens just at the end of Buddhist Lent. The highlight is the Naga fireballs, which rise up from the river and disappear into the sky.

Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
During the Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai (หนองคาย), there are many festivities along the Rim Khong Alley.

The Naga fireball festival is divided between Nong Khai and Phon Phisai cities. The Naga fireball festival lasts eight days in Nong Khai.

Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Masks sold to children feature famous Thai figures such as Ultraman, Hanuman...
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Paper floating lanterns are also released into the night sky.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
The Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai lasts a few days. The lane along the Mekong river is then full of street food stalls and games for children or adults.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Delicious fresh Thai food can be purchased such as local pancakes.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Darts games are featured. Players need to shoot successfully a few balloons in order to win a big teddy bear.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival
in Nong Khai
Many games for children such as ferris wheel are featured during the fair happening during the Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai.


Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
At nighttime, there is a great sound and light show about the Naga fireballs history. It is better arrive earlier to secure a good seat or location to take pictures.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
The sound and light show lasts around two hours and features many performers wearing sophisticated costumes.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
The sound and light show about the Naga fireballs history (ตำนานบั้งไฟพญานาค) is performed during two evenings in Nong Khai.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival
in Nong Khai
The wonderful lights, performances of the actors and actresses make this show worth seeing.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
The sound and light show (การแสดงแสงเสียง) is a must to see. It features Thai and English versions as both languages are used to narrate the story.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Once the show is over, performers still stay around for people to take pictures with them.


Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai


Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Everybody is looking into the sky to see the Naga fireballs or enjoying the festival. Even the monks also!
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
A huge crowd is ready to watch the impressive fireworks shot above the Mekong river.
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Fireworks bring additional festive mood to the Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai.

There is also a music concert on the opposite side on the venue.

Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Naga Fireballs festival in Nong Khai
Around 100 000 Thai and foreign visitors are expected each year for the Naga Fireballs festival.

Despite being a World Festival, not so many foreigners could be seen. 95% of visitors to the upper northeast are domestic travellers arriving by land or air transport.







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