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smoke in Luang Prabang and further north

Posted by RobertzZiemi on 12/8/2017 at 06:43

Seems like smoke becomes an issue early March. We are planning our 2 weeks trekking between February 25 and March 15th, more or less. We will be starting in LB and than heading north - Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi, Phongsali. Is it really and issue in this area at that time or we should definetely try to move - say - 2 weeks earlier (could be a bit difficult)? Your kind info will be greatly appreciated.
Greetings from Poland

#1 RobertzZiemi has been a member since 12/8/2017. Posts: 1

Posted by telmi on 13/8/2017 at 00:23

I wouldn't worry too much about smoke or haze in the area unless you need to take clear long distance landscape photos or have respiratory problems. In fact I don't mind the haze since it keeps the temperatures down a bit. Arriving earlier probably won't make much difference.

#2 telmi has been a member since 1/1/2013. Posts: 38

Posted by SoManyMiles on 15/8/2017 at 14:32 TF writer

Hi Robert,
The smoke will be an issue if you have respiratory conditions such as asthma. The worst time is second half of March and April, it usually isn't heavy late Feb/early March. The air is cleaner in early February, but again, it is only of a concern if you have health worries. Hope this helps, have a great trip.

#3 SoManyMiles has been a member since 7/2/2014. Posts: 147

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