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Old Mar 18, 19, 8:25 am
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It's officially burning season in Chiang Mai.

I, along with many other digital nomads, have moved on to Vietnam (we had a meet-up in Da Nang and half of the DNs there had just come from Chiang Mai), Bali or other places. Those who stayed behind report that the air is worse than it has been in years:

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Old Mar 18, 19, 6:02 pm
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Not too bad (relatively speaking) in Bangkok but yes, extremely bad in the north esp. Nan, Phrae, Chiang Mai/Rai, Mae Hon Song, etc.

Forecast to be quite hot as well, ~ 42 for a high this week/weekend.

Flights canceled for a week due to poor visibility. https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gen...on-due-to-smog

Must be the worst it's ever been, at least as far as I can remember.

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Old Mar 25, 19, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by RustyC View Post
As for the pollution, from reading the Bangkok Post from about a week ago it sounded like the PM2.5 was especially worrisome...small particles that can get caught in lungs and deliver carcinogens. There was a lot of focus on levels of those in particular.
Yes, most people seem concerned about the PM 2.5 number. Although this site offers up a slew of measurements:

Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI)

Bangkok Air Pollution: Real-time PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI)
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Old Mar 29, 19, 11:12 pm
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It might healthier to set yourself on fire, than visit Chaing Rai?

Mueang Chiang Rai Air Pollution: Real-time PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI)



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Old Mar 30, 19, 1:38 am
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State of emergency urged as air pollution hits 'disastrous' levels in North

An academic has called on the government to declare a state of emergency as Chiang Mai and most Northern Provinces face 'disastrous' levels of PM2.5 smog.

Citizen in the North are being advised to stay inside air conditioned buildings and avoid all outdoor activities, as some areas of Chiang Mai recorded PM2.5 levels reaching higher than 700 micrograms per cubic metre of air on Saturday morning.

State of emergency urged as air pollution hits 'disastrous' levels in North
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Old Mar 30, 19, 11:00 am
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All of my friends in Chiang Mai are posting really awful photos.


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Old Mar 30, 19, 6:52 pm
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I've seen INDOOR PM2.5 readings north of 400 posted on Twitter.

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Two images which jumped out at me, illustrating both sadness and humor:



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Old Mar 30, 19, 11:19 pm
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That's really awful...like the health-endangering "pea-soupers" like London in 1952 or Donora in 1948, I believe it was. Those were supposed to be a thing of the past. This sort of thing could threaten permanent health damage. Like visiting Chernobyl circa 1988.
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Oh god, I will go to Chiang Mai next week. And this post is kind of freak me out
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Old May 17, 19, 11:13 pm
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Some cheerful light reading
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Old May 18, 19, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by emilyuy View Post
Oh god, I will go to Chiang Mai next week. And this post is kind of freak me out
The air quality, at least as measured by PM2.5 is much improved in Chiang Mai as burning has seasonal has decreased, and the rainy season has begun.

I mean it's not great but far from what it was...

Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index

Just be prepared for the heat and rain.
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