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Dragon Fire Ball, A Mysterious Phenomenon Of The Mekong River

Updated on December 29, 2009

I like post about mysterious phenomenon. Why I like this topic. Actually the world is wide. There are many mysterious phenomenon happen in the place around the world. When I have a lot money. I'll travel by visiting those place. This is my dream for a long time ago. We can learn from those phenomenon. Phenomenon that can be studied by science or really weird (it can't reach by our mind).

There is a natural phenomenon in Thailand. Every year the people gather along of Mekong river( Nong Khai province) as witness of the rising balls light from the surface of the Mekong river. The local people call it man fai paya nak or dragon fire ball.

On October 4, 2009, the residents and tourists stood lined up on the edge of the Mekong river in Nong Khai province.

Suddenly, from the surface of the river, dozens of light pink balls with a beautiful shot like an orchestra led by a conductor. The tourists and residents cheered with joy and applauded loudly. A few minutes later, the fire balls are lost in the darkness of night.

This phenomenon usually occurs only 1-3 days a year, at the end of the Thai Buddhist retreat that usually held in October. Ball of fire that comes with no sound and smoke. Sometimes the color is red, pink or white. It can shot up to 100 meters from the river surface. Generally this fireball can be seen only at night.

This is a legend of the local residents. They believe that fireballs are coming from a dragon which life in the river. They saw this phenomenon for a long time ago.

Scientist Said that....

These fireballs just a natural phenomenon that can be explained by science. The fireball appears from the combustion of natural gas. even a doctor has been researching for a long time, he tried to prove that this is a natural phenomenon caused by sediment Methane gas rising from the riverbed.

Thailand Ministry of Science has different opinion. they agree that this phenomenon is caused by natural gas. According to them, this phenomenon the result of the combustion of Phosphine gases

Why this phenomenon happen in October? because the accumulation of gas in the bottom of the river to reach the peak in October. The gas that has been collected will burst onto the balls forming the mysterious light.

local residents and tourists said that......

This festival is still regarded as a pleasurable experience. Because this phenomenon is really weird, they believe that Nong Khai can be accepted as one of the wonders of the world. This was proved by the arrival of 300,000 people, both local and foreign tourists. They flocked to Nong Khai as a witness of this phenomenon.

So, if you decided to travel in Thailand someday. Don't forget to see this phenomenon. there are good location to see the fireballs. Such as Pha Tand village, Hin Mak Peng, temple in Si Chiangmai district. Don't worry about transportation the local resident provide bike rentals for use along the river. Have you ever heard about this phenomenon ? please share with us here.


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      Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

      I have visited Thailand many times, including to Nong Khai province prasetio, but I have never heard of this before.

      I would love to see this phenomenon, but I wonder is it predictable? Can you predict which night in October it will happen? I guess you have to visit the banks of the Mekong for many nights before - if lucky - you can see it happen. One day maybe, I will be lucky :) Voted up. Alun

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Support Med. I am glad you always entertained all my hub including this one. Thanks for giving your vote. God bless you.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      This is awesome! Think I'll find a video of it. Thanks for sharing. voted and rated.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Terima kasih, I hope you enjoy this story. Take care!

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      prasetio 6 years ago

      sangat bagus

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Albert Lim ItBoon for coming to this hub and share the story about Budhist followers. I am glad to see you here. The world filled by many mysterious things, like this one. I thought you believe with this phenomenon. Take care!

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      Albert Lim ItBoon 6 years ago

      I hv heard it from my old friend said. It's worth to watch,(espically the Budhist followers)then only u beleive,this mysterious.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thank you very much for coming to this hub, uncle. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      It's always good here nephew!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, poetvix. I am glad you want to share your opinion about this topic. I get new input from your story about crying blood in National Military Park. What makes me surprise is you are a witness of this phenomenon. I wish you can get the picture of this incident. This could be a great hub. I think many people want to see the phenomenon like you said before. I'll try to browse more about this. Thanks my friend, I hope you enjoy this hub. See you again. Take care!

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      It sounds so enthralling. I would love to see something like this.

      I find the local legend much more appealing than the scientific version of an explanation though I see the need and value of both. I find it a shame science takes all the mystery out of things... kinda spoils the effect at times.

      I too love mysterious things and places though have not seen many. I can share one w/ you... In Vicksburg, Ms., where I am from, there is a huge National Military Park. It is full of history, monuments and such... a truly beautiful place. In the park is a statue that we always called the five faces as kids. At night people say they cry blood. I have seen it many, many times... it really does look like tears of blood. If you ever get to Mississippi check it out. And order the catfish, best on earth!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good morning, Mamcy's Niche. I really appreciate your compliment to this picture. I agree with you that something mysterious can't explain by the scientist even technology. We have to grateful, because we can see such of wonderful phenomenon in the earth like what happen through this hub. Good to see you again. Peace :-)


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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Excellent hub Prasetio30 and I, like you, am interested in the different phenomenon's that remain a mystery. Of course if scientist can't find a cause then it doesn't exist; it's an over active imagination. How difficult it must be for them not to have all the answers…

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Augustine for dropping by. I hope you can go there someday and become a witnesses of this natural phenomenon.

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      Augustine 7 years ago

      Hi, I am very interested to know more about this phenomenon as I am not satisfied with the scientist explanations unless I could see the fact. Really, wish my self to experience this event.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Rose for coming to this hub. There are many unexplained incident in this earth.

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      Rose Kolowinski 8 years ago

      This is such an amazing planet! Thank you for sharing one of its mysteries, Prasetio!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks faceman. I found this information from my local newspaper. And that was just little information. Only the summary and contain 30 words. And for me it is very interesting to write. So I collect many information about this phenomenon. Including the picture from the "google picture".

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      faceman 8 years ago

      I too like a good mystey and this is one of them, I'venever heard of this before and Iwould like to se it for myself some say and take many photos of it.

      were did you get that cool dragon picture?


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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks GPAGE and rvsrinivasan for coming to this hub. For rvsrinivasan, thanks for share the miracles happen in India. This is like magical show in television but your story is real. I'll find the information about this. I am glad you like this hub, GPAGE. thanks

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      GPAGE 8 years ago from California

      VERy cool prasetio30! This is one of my interests too.....I really enjoyed this.

      Best, G

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      rvsrinivasan 8 years ago

      It is really interesting. Lot of miracles happens in India. People of all ages will walk on bare foot on the fire on one particular day in the premises of a temple. Nothing happens to their legs.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Raven King. I hope you enjoy the story above. And become alternative for traveling.

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      Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      This is a lovely phenomena with a great story. :)

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for all who love this hub. I try to give a little information to all of you. I hope this information help us to know another place which have natural phenomenon. And this is also new experience for me to know that. Back to this phenomenon, many people had seen the fireballs with their eyes. This is not "dragon balls" in the movie. But real fireballs shown from the river.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I found this fascinating information. Thanks for sharing it.

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Wow, completely fascinating. Never heard of this. Thanks for the info.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      You always find the coolest things to write about. That's why I try never to miss one of your hubs. This is a great story about an amazing sight. I also love that it gives people of a small village a boost in their economy now and then.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      This was a great hub to read and awesome. Thank you so very much for writing and showing the pictures. A real experience.

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      Mac Mission 8 years ago from bangalore

      Your articles are cool and also beauti ... i never miss to read it....

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      This is really fascinating Prasetio! Thank you for sharing another cool hub with us.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great Info, I had spent a couple years over in Vietnam and went to Thailand a couple times but never knew about this this is something I will go back to see. Thanks Prasetio!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      My parents told me about this time and again and I'm hard pressed to not believe them now. "Dragons are real," they insist, so if that is the case, then these balls are real. Why aren't they found in any other place in the world? I'd like to know.

      Thanks for sharing this one!