Hello! I am traveling in Thailand right now and everywhere I have been in the north is extremely smokey and I am finding it unbearable. I had planned on going to Laos and Cambodia but if it is smokey there too I think I must leave SE Asia. Does anyone know what the air quality is like in these countries?
#1 Gypsyeyedjester has been a member since 4/1/2013. Posts: 1
March is smog month for interior/northern SE Asia. Farmers burn their fields to prepare for rain season planting and the air gets hazy. Air quality at this time is often bad anywhere surrounded by farm fields or it can blow in from the next valley where a field is blazing. The only guaranteed escape if it's botherng your lungs/eyes is get an aircon room or head south toward the coast, or wait for rainy season which clears it up. Thankfully here in Chiang Mai we've had more than our share of quickie rains in Feb and again this evening so it's not as bad as other years (so far). Real rain usually doesn't happen until April.