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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 Nongkhai province, located in Isan region - Northeast of Thailand. The highlight is the Naga fireballs, which rise up from the river and disappear into the sky.

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

The second day is the most important as it is the November Full Moon day (15 ค่ำ เดือน 11).

Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival
in Phon Phisai
Phon Phisai is the famous place to see the Naga fireballs especially in front of Wat Thai (วัดไทย).

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The local people believe the Naga Fireballs balls come from a mythical Buddhist snake called "NAGA" and living in the Mekong river. Many Buddhist temple in Nong Khai province feature a Naga cave.

Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival
in Phon Phisai
Wat Thai (วัดไทย) is in front of the Mekong River. There is a big esplanade near Wat Thai used during the Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
During Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai, better arrive early to avoid traffic jam. There is now a four-lanes highway from Nong Khai to Phon Phisai but traffic jam still happens inside the city.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Inside Buddhist temple "Wat Thai", there is an interesting cave simulating the Naga cave.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
The Naga cave features beautiful ornamentations and also multiple famous monks statues.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
This is the stage in Phon Phisai where traditional dances and concert do happen.


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 Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
On the other side of the Mekong river, the Lao People's Democratic Republic territory can be seen.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
The illuminated floating boats to be displayed during the Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai are under preparation.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Those illuminated floating boats are made of bamboo poles and many light bulbs are attached to them.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Those illuminated floating boats are of course more impressive during nightime. The light bulbs are made to have shapes of various Buddhist or Royal themes.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
This barge is used to send the multiple fireworks at nighttime.


Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Some Thai people bring tents even one day before the official start of the festivities.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
During the whole day, various activities happen in Phon Phisai such a big Molam dance gathering in the morning (ประกวดรำเซิ้งอีสาน), opening ceremony in evening time, a concert, traditional dances, illuminated floating boats, food festival (ประกวดอาหารพื้นเมือง).
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival
in Phon Phisai
Chairs facing the Mekong river are still empty in the morning as the sun is harsh.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival
in Phon Phisai
Local or foreign tourists can hire a boat to have a pleasant journey along the Mekong river.


Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
All the area around Wat Thai up to Wat Chumphon Mueang (on the left) or Wat Chom Nang (on the right) along the Mekong river is full of shops, restaurants and also games for children.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Sadly even some people bring elephants to get money by selling bananas for tourists to feed them.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Tee-shirts featuring Naga are a hot-selling item during the festival in Phon Phisai.
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Wat Chom Nang features an impressive Buddha statue on the top of a building.

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Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
Games for children are also available. The Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai is also a family event.


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 Phon Phisai
Naga Fireballs festival in Phon Phisai
As usual, delicious food is everywhere during Thai festivals. Small seafood skewers are available here.






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