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Burn season-Is it happening everywhere?

Posted by Gypsyeyedjester on 2/3/2013 at 02:18

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?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 2/3/2013 at 18:03 admin

Cambodia will not be too bad, but I'd expect northern Laos to be worse than northern Thailand.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 3/3/2013 at 07:14

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.

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Posted by Rufus on 3/3/2013 at 22:03

It really is not too bad in Luang Prabang now and not noticeable in Vientiane at all.

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