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    How bad is the pollution march - may

    Hey all.

    Im considering a move from bkk to chang mai, to spend my last 3 months there before i go back home to Sweden, been living in bkk for the last 15 months and i feel i need a change.

    Was planning to stay from the beggining of march to the end of may. But as i read, these months are the worst regarding pollution right? How bad is it exactly? Its hard to imagine what the situation is like when you never have experianced it before..

    Is it like walking around in a fog/mist of pollution/smoke or what? Coming from bkk i should be used to live in a polluted town but maybe im under estimating the situation totally?

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    It can be bad, but not that visible (unlike, say, KL when the burning from Sumatra nearly obscures the sun)


    depends on the weather and the wind

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    One year it was acrid, throat burning smoke, and people were dropping like flies.

    But all it takes is one big shower and a change of wind and you wouldn't even know it was there.

    Bit of a lottery, hasn't been that bad in recent years.

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    In my experience of March in the North its not the best place to be as the burning has a diabolical effect on the region.

    I was touring in a vehicle and at certain times it was heavily polluted because of The burning.

    If one has any sort or respiratory problem I'd recommend to stay well clear.
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    I was on the slow boat up the river to Luang Prabang and at times the banks of the river were hardly visible

    that was February, no wind, lots of burning

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    Hejsan!

    If you're considering Chiang Mai city area -

    NO, it's NOT like you're walking around in mist and fog. On the occasional day you can smell the smoke from the burning. If you're very unlucky and the wind is in the wrong direction - then the smell is worse. However, things seem to have mostly improved these last few years and it's generally cleaner air, now.
    I was in CM yesterday - and didn't notice ANY smell of smoke (apart from cars, motorbikes, etc..). Saying that, we passed a forest that was on fire, about 70 kms from CM - and right next to the main road.

    If you go into the countryside then Yes, there can be more smoke - but (up until now) not a great deal. We've had maximum one week this year with the smell of smoke - and that was due to the nearby mountain burning.

    If you don't smoke cigars or cigarettes (a lot) then I don't think you'll notice anything much - and anyway, most burning has finished by March and the air gets much fresher again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaimato
    I was in CM yesterday - and didn't notice ANY smell of smoke
    early days yet; my bag is packed ready for the beach

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaimato
    I was in CM yesterday - and didn't notice ANY smell of smoke
    early days yet; my bag is packed ready for the beach
    Correct, too early to be an issue now. I start looking for signs of a good regional downpour around the Ides of March.

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