Northern light in Thailand


Koh Libong

Images adapted from: KohLibong

We all know that Thailand is sitting right on the equator, and so, we’re a million miles away from the breathtaking aurora lights at the ends of the world.

Regardless, Koh Libong, an island in Trang, shared photos of the beautiful night sky glowing a bright green colour on their Facebook page. And, not without a pinch of imagination, they called it the ‘polar lights’.

Image credit: KohLibong

Koh Libong

Image credit: KohLibong

In the photos, the leafy green-coloured lights seemed to shine from the skyline instead of gliding in the air, which made it look even more mysterious.

Koh Libong

Image credit: KohLibong


Lights actually from fishing boats


Koh Libong

Image credit: Pantip 

Unlike the northern lights that dance across the skies in Norway, this pastoral glow you see from Koh Libong is far from being a natural phenomenon. 

In fact, it comes from bright green neon bulbs fishing boats use to attract cuttlefish at night.

Koh Libong

Image credit: Lazada 

Because the lights are not for tourism purposes, there’s no fixed timetable to tell us when exactly we can see them. 

However, Koh Libong’s page recommended travellers who want to experience this to avoid the rainy season as no fishing boats can sail out to sea during that time.

With international flights in Thailand likely to gradually resume by September, we now know where to go for an aurora-chasing trip without having to fly across the continent.  

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