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Yasothon Rocket Festival (Bung Fai)

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Yasothon’s Bung Fai (“Firing Rockets”) festival is a wild and spectacular event that’s well worth experiencing if you’re in the vicinity. It’s the most famous of many rocket-launching celebrations held in cities and villages all around Isaan during the sixth lunar month.

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Usually held at the tail end of dry season over the second weekend in May, Yasothon’s festival attracts pyromaniacs and amateur rocketeers from around Thailand and beyond. It kicks off with dancing and a parade featuring the largest rockets carried on elaborate floats to the festival grounds at Phaya Thaen Park. Expect plenty of drinking during the only weekend per year—other than Songkran—when sleepy Yaso lets loose.

At the rocket factory in Ban Sa Kaeo. Photo taken in or around Yasothon Rocket Festival  (Bung Fai), Yasothon, Thailand by David Luekens.

At the rocket factory in Ban Sa Kaeo. Photo: David Luekens

The festival is based on the god of rain, Phaya Thaen, who gets distracted in his heavenly realm during dry season and needs to be reminded that the water he controls is needed for cultivating rice down on earth. What better way to get his attention than to launch hundreds of rockets into ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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