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Spring haze: When and where?

  • karibou

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    I'm visiting Thailand from mid-Feb to mid-March of 2014. Will probably spend at least 2 weeks north of Bangkok before heading south, and would like to devise a rough itinerary for that period. Initially I ruled out the north and northeast and decided to focus on the central regions, because I read that the smoky haze can start to get serious in the north around late Feb/early March.

    In your experience, is this generally the case? Are some parts of the north/northeast less affected? Does the haze extend into central Thailand as well? For instance ... Sukhothai? Kanchanaburi/Sanklaburi? Khao Yai NP? Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 17/2/2013 - 12:32

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  • LeonardCohe-

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    Sukhothai should be ok as it's a good 4 hours from Chiang Mai . Kanchanaburi is west of Bangkok which is a long way from the north.

    March is a very hot month. I've been to Chiang Mai in March and while it was hazy it wasn't that bad, it's the heat which is more of a concern but I found Koh Samui to be hotter.

    I think you should plan your trip around your interests rather than worry about haze.

    The Kanchanaburi-Sangkhlaburi area is nice. In between you have Sai Yok which is a good place to stay on the river.

    Khao Yai NP is best done in Dec/Jan when the Elephants are more likely to be active in winter time. The waterfalls will be dry around March also.

    Feb/March is a good time to do the Andaman coast because the tigerline ferries operate and you can island hop.

    #2 Posted: 17/2/2013 - 19:17

  • Captain_Bob

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    There's no way to predict the haze situation a year in advance and based on specific locations. Anywhere around and north of Bangkok can have air quality issues especially late Feb through March depending on how much / where agricultural burnoff is happening and if/when/where there has been any decent wind/rain to clear it out. Here in Chiang Mai, for example, we had a nice rain last night and today is pleasant. Meanwhile a couple days ago it was kinda hazy and quite hot. Tomorrow is another day. Check PM-10 levels on http://aqmthai.com a few days before you go.

    #3 Posted: 18/2/2013 - 01:26

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