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    Amazing balls of fire
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    "Bung Fai Phaya Naga" _ the King of Naga fire-balls rising above the Mekong river that generally takes place on the full moon night of the 11th lunar month, the last night of the Buddhist Lent, has drawn curious onlookers to witness this amazing natural phenomenon in Nong Khai province every year. This year, the phenomenon is calculated to take place on the night of October 10 and 11.

    It is said that the best time to see the fireballs is around 6pm-to-2am on the full moon night. Be prepared to be amazed at the balls of goose-egg-sized light, with uniform reddish-pink or rich crimson-burgundy hues of Siamese Ruby, which rise vertically into the night sky to heights ranging from 50 metres to 300 metres before they simply fade into thin air without a trace. The fireballs are visible for approximately three to eight seconds at a time, before they vanish completely. Sometimes the fireballs float up languidly, two or three at a time. Other times, five to seven float in a single sequence, and occasionally, up to nineteen of the balls of light float vigorously into the night sky. There's no scientific proof where the fireballs are from, but there are many theories dating back to ancient times.
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    NONG KHAI: Thousands flock for fireball show

    The Nation, 20th October 2002

    More than 100,000 Thai and foreign tourists have started flocking to the northeastern province of Nong Khai for the annual Bung Fai Phaya Naga festival.

    The festival is to mark the phenomenon known as fireballs, in which unexplained light rises from the depths of the Mekong River into the sky.

    It generally takes place on the full-moon night of the 11th lunar month, which falls on October 21-22 this year.

    Most hotels, resorts and other accommodation in Nong Khai and nearby areas are fully booked for the festival.

    The best place to see the fireballs is Ban Nampae, Ratanawapee district. Both one-day trips and package tours are very popular with domestic and international tourists.
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    Fireball display draws 100,000
    News Interactive, Australia, October 21, 2002

    MORE than 100,000 visitors have flocked to a tiny district in north-eastern Thailand to witness a mysterious phenomenon where coloured fireballs shoot into the sky from the Mekong river.

    The event is known as Naga's Fireballs because of local folklore that says the flames come from a mythical Naga, or serpent, living in the mighty waterway.

    The phenomenon, which occurs every year on the first full-moon night of October, coinciding with the end of Buddhist Lent, has long mystified scientists and the Government last week ordered an official investigation.

    According to one theory, the red, pink and orange fireballs which are about as big as eggs are caused by flammable natural gas deposits in the river bed which are drawn to the surface by the moon's gravitational pull.

    Local authorities in Nong Khai province were working flat out today to accommodate the hordes of arrivals. Traffic was banked up for a kilometre outside the town and hotels have been booked out for months.

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    BANG FAI PHAYA NARK FESTIVAL
    More than 800 fireballs rise from Mekong
    Nong Khai boosted by 400,000 visitors

    Bangkok Post, 23rd October 2002

    The annual Bang Fai Phaya Nark festival, in which mysterious fireballs rise from the Mekong river, proved a resounding success this year, drawing around 400,000 visitors to Nong Khai and injecting more than 50 million baht into the local economy.

    At the height of the four-day festival on Monday night, a total of 829 fireballs were reported to have been seen from several riverbanks throughout the northeastern province, said the local radio centre.

    Most of the fireballs were seen by around 200,000 spectators packed into Rattana Wapi sub-district, where 483 spheres of light were reported to have risen from the river.

    The second most popular viewing points were Phon Phisai district, where about 100,000 people witnessed 188 fireballs, and Bung Kan district, where a crowd of similar proportions saw 86 flaming orbs.

    In other areas: 62 fireballs were witnessed by 5,000 people in Pak Khad district; seven were seen by 3,300 in Sangkhom district; and three were spotted by 3,000 in Bung Khong Long.

    All hotels and guesthouses in Nong Khai were fully booked in advance of the festival, said Mongkhol Sirorattanarangsi, president of the provincial chamber commerce.

    The fireball event is an unexplained phenomenon that generally takes place on the full moon night of the 11th lunar month, which also coincides with the end of the Buddhist Lent.

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