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Chiang Mai early March

Posted by redsfanbob on 17/12/2012 at 20:15

Hi everyone,

Trying to work on an itinerary for a trip from mid-February to mid-March. I'd like to fly into to Bangkok and stay a few days to get over my jet lag and see the city. Then I'd like to head up north for a bit.

I've heard about the heat and haze up north in March. If I'm in Chiang Mai for the first few days of March will I regret it? What about the very end of February? I would be leaving the north by March 2nd or 3rd.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!!

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 18/12/2012 at 08:32

The haze situation usually starts in mid/late February and is worst mid March. but it can vary a lot depending on wind or rain (rare that time of year) and how much field burning has happened in recent days. No way to predict for your specific days but it will probably be at least somewhat hazy. Here's a website that tracks daily pollution levels. Look at the right-hand column, and anything over 120 means it's bad.

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Posted by Xircal on 24/12/2012 at 09:39

@ Capt_bob, I get a "Protected object error" which requires a username and password to access on that link you provided, so here's one of my own which maybe will help the OP:

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 27/12/2012 at 00:03

^Hmmm, not sure why you can't access the site. NB the data referenced in your blog only goes up to 31-Jan-2012 and since then they've switched to the site I referenced. See

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Posted by freiburger on 27/12/2012 at 02:56

I would not bother too much with statistical data, instead I would have a look at the weather 1 or 2 weeks ahaed of your trip.

Have a look at the weather in December in south Thailand and compare it with the statistical data. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not. I have been up in Chiang Mai in December to celebrate Loi Khratong with my friend and her family and it was really hot !!!

The best holiday I ever had in SEA was in 2009 when I planned my trip 2 days ahead according to the weather forecast, 4 weeks with sunshine :-)

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