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Nong Khai Great Balls Of Fire

Oct, 08 || Comments Off on Nong Khai Great Balls Of Fire |

Nong Khai Great Balls Of Fire

Nong Khai Great Balls Of Fire

The end of Buddhist Lent means thousand of people are heading to the bank of the Mekong River in Nong khai to behold the Bung Fai Phayanak shooting from the depths of the Mekong up into the starry night. The legend is that the balls of fire are shot by the Naga, who is paying homage to the Buddha with his pyrotechnics. The main event takes place on Oct 12 but a week-long celebration starts from Oct 9 around Nong Khai municipality, featuring long-tail boat races, a beeswax sculpture competition and light and sound performances.

Nong Khai is essentially a border town with the typical traffic associated with such locations. Tourism consists mainly of short stopovers by people traveling to and from Laos. The main thoroughfare is mainly populated by hardware stores, banks and gold shops. A large, busy Indo-china market thrives in the city center along the riverside. Visitors are catered for by a wide selection of hostelries from budget guest houses to international hotels and thriving evening entertainment.

Nong Khai is connected to Laos via the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, which permits direct traffic to Vientiane via road and rail (in the latter case, via Thanaleng Railway Station).

Get there early to snag a spot with a view as the event is always packed. More information at TAT Udon Thani Office at 042-325-406/7 or [email protected]

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