10 Fun Facts About Thailand

#8. Naga Fireballs

The Mekong River witnesses a strange phenomena every year when balls of fire spontaneously explode over the surface of water. The local myths call them the ‘Naga Fireballs’ as they are spit by the serpent Naga that haunts the river. There aren’t many scientific proofs for this phenomenon. Some suggest the formation of plasma in the air while another theory suggests that it is the marshy environment of the river that releases phosphine gas which is flammable and thus turns into a fireball.

#9. Bridge Over the River Kwai

Bridge Over the River Kwai

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The famous Bridge over the Kwai River is located in the Kanchanburi town and is a part of the Burma- Siam railway. It is estimated that between 80,000 to 100,000 people died during the course of this project.

#10. Becoming Buddhists

Earlier, all males were required to become Buddhist monks even for a short period of time, before they turned 20. Even the royalty was required to do it. However, this practice is not followed anymore.

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