Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Annual Fall Asia Trip
  2. 2 Air India Versus Jet airways. Which is best for India
  3. 3 Trip Report My visit to Vietnam
  4. 4 Best place to replenish my Japanese currency?
  5. 5 Japn tour 10 nights
  6. 6 Nepal
  7. 7 Trip Report Holiday in Cambodia - plus Myanmar for a wedding.
  8. 8 Trip Report Namaste--Nepal trip report November 2015
  9. 9 Sunday Brunch in Thailand
  10. 10 Trip Report My visit to Thailand
  11. 11 What is the Facilities & Services of Maharajas Express Train?
  12. 12 Trip Report Third Time and Still Charmed: Kathie and Cheryl take a Pandaw Cruise
  13. 13 Gutted!
  14. 14 Crossing Myanmar with own car (Thailand -> India) in Aug or Sep 2014
  15. 15 5 weeks in Japan
  16. 16 Trip Report My visit to Lao
  17. 17 proposed itinerary for 14 nights Feb. 2016
  18. 18 Vietnam and Cambodia opinions needed!
  19. 19 Family Trip to Japan
  20. 20 Seeking Help with First Trip to Japan
  21. 21 India Trip Three - Am I crazy?
  22. 22 Question about jungles (sumatra, borneo) and forest fires
  23. 23 Kavey April 2016 Japan Itinerary Planning
  24. 24 Please comment on our 19 day itinerary for March 2016
  25. 25 New Member
View next 25 » Back to the top

Pollution Problems in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

Jump to last reply

Just read this report in the weekend paper:

The seasonal "slashing and burning" has started and, once again is causing severe pollution. Anyone thinking of visiting the region should check out the current situation carefully, particularly if suffering from any form of respiratory condition. Apparently a number of local tour operators are advising people to stay away.

We experienced this in April 2007 when the smoke was everywhere. Flying into Chiang Mai was like flying into a war zone with massive plumes of smoke everywhere. It was difficult to breathe and just got worse as we traveled on to Chiang Rai. We woke up at the Anantara the morning after arrival and teh whole place was covered in black ash. We then traveled by boat to Luang Prabang which took 2 days and most of the time we could not see the banks of the river from the.

Things were a little better in LP, less smoke but it still smelt of smoke everywhere. In the end we got a flight out a few days early to Bangkok, where, unbelievably, the air quality was much better!

I have seen no mention of Northern Lao in any reports this year but would be surprised if it is not affected in some way.

14 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.