AsiaRooms.com - Witness natural wonder of Naga Fireballs in Thailand
September 17, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsThe Nong Khai region of Thailand will see the occurrence of a mysterious phenomenon known as the Naga Fireballs next month.
Expected to take place between October 11th and 12th this year, the unusual natural event sees a series of ruby-coloured orbs of light emerging from the Mekong River, floating silently into the air before disappearing into the night sky.
Usually occurring between 18:00 and 21:00 local time, as many as 19 fireballs at a time can linger in the air for up to eight seconds, with almost 3,500 globes having been counted in 1999.
Debate rages over the explanation behind this phenomenon, with locals believing the fireballs are created by a mythological serpent-like creature known as the nak, while scientists believe they are caused by trapped swamp gas igniting.
The appearance of the Naga Fireballs is often watched by up to 40,000 people, with various festivities taking place to coincide with the event.
Locals wear traditional garb and carry images of the nak, while illuminated longboats can be seen on the waters.
A wide variety of Thailand hotels are available for those intrigued by natural phenomena at AsiaRooms.com, including the Prajaktra Design Hotel.
To see more information about this event, go to www.tatnews.org.
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