phaya naga

The Phaya Naga is a serpent-like creature that is believed to live in the Mekong river. This Naga is reportedly the guardian of Laos, especially of the capitol, Vientiane. It is likely that sightings of these Nagas are misidentified Oar Fish, a species of gigantic deep water fish with long crests that can grow up to 50 feet in length. Many people of Laos and Thailand believe that these Nagas are the cause of the phenomenon known as the “naga fireballs”.