Chiang Mai---air pollution
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Mar 26, 2013 12:02 PM Last Post By: spider999
Mar 21, 2013 9:29 AM
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Mar 21, 2013 6:49 PM
4I'm also based in Chiang Mai and its pretty bad at the moment (the mountains have gone in the mist), I could see the ash in the air this morning on the way to work. Hopefully by then it should ave mostly disappeared as the winds will have come through and hopefully a few showers to settle things. I'm sure the Captain will come on later with some stats.
Mar 21, 2013 7:33 PM
5As they say it's bad right now, but this is usually the peak time for smog and it always gets better before May. Check http://aqmthai.com for pollution levels as the time for your visit approaches, and I'll try to do updates here every so often. Meanwhile it's time for my naked rain dance.
Mar 22, 2013 11:58 AM
6Thanks to everyone I have now booked with Thai air asia as recommended---anyone interested it is costing £313 u/k pounds return Phuket/Ch-mai direct, better than others------- as for the pollutin I will keep an eye on this here Cap`n Bob---or maybe after all the help and advice he hands out free he might be promoted to Admiral Bobbo one fine day,,,,,thankyou to all
Mar 23, 2013 12:55 PM
7We were in CM all of Feb (last month) with no air quality problems but we almost cancelled our trip after reading about the previous years' problems from the burning of the fields. We are planning to spend Feb and Mar of next year in CM. After reading the previous posts, we are again concerned as we understand the burning begins in Mar. For those in CM right now, is the air so bad that we should reconsider next year?
Mar 23, 2013 6:59 PM
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Mar 23, 2013 9:40 PM
10^reserve9 If you're concerned about air quality, I would just say don't go to northern Thailand during late-Feb until early April when burning stops and rains (hopefully) begin. It's not specific to Chiang Mai, it involves the entire northern region including Isaan and north Laos. A few unusual rains made it much better in early March this year but now we're having the usual smoggy season and it peaked the last few days. Come on rain!
Mar 25, 2013 3:09 PM
Mar 26, 2013 6:12 AM
12Chiang Mai news and social media are currently filled with complaints about the pollution, with governement officials promising to do something about it (BS), then returning to their air-conditioned office until happy hour, and some extremists urging for children to be evacuated into the mountains until it improves. It is sadly a fact of life every year around March, but before mid-April (Songkran) farmers have finished their burning and want to party (and chances of rain improve) so the air usually gets better by then. The best time to go north is November-February, and rainy season is nice too. March sucks.
Mar 26, 2013 12:02 PM
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