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BANGKOK 23 April 2019 15:21
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Who has plans to move from Chiangmai ?

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CM forum does not have that many people actually participating on the forum. Mostly the usual suspects.

Nonetheless,  anyone like to give a serious answer to my question:   Who among you  1. definitely plan to sell up and move   2. Seriously thinking about it   3.  Its crossed my mind, but don't have any plans at all

4.  A lot depends on how next year at this time is (pollution wise)  NOTE:  question pertains to anyone in North of Thailand who is affected by the air.

I hesitate to start a new topic,  as I am sure this will give the holed up trolls plenty of fodder.  Some honest responses mixed in would be nice

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Moving from CM has crossed my mind, but I don't know where to go.  I really don't like having to leave or stay inside for 2-3 months every year.

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1 hour ago, Kelsall said:

Moving from CM has crossed my mind, but I don't know where to go.  I really don't like having to leave or stay inside for 2-3 months every year.

Took Dtong !  or in english...  I feel the same way !

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No plans to move, but won't be here for majority of this 5hit show next year. 

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No plans to move, but definitely holidaying somewhere else next March.

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5 minutes ago, banagan said:

No plans to move, but won't be here for majority of this 5hit show next year. 

Of course those of us with property and/or families here would have a much tougher time deciding to move.

Not like we can just go to Payao or Lampang either.  Love the north and have been here a long time, but this extended period of pollution is a first for me.  

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I love Chiang Mai.

Thinking about moving, but nothing planned because for now from next year on I will go away as before, with the exception of this year.

It depends also on whether this years high AQI values were an exception or the new normal.

 

But having your purifiers and masks for the time you have to stay here is only a temporary solution. Someday you might have to go to hospital, so if that is during burning season which is likely as it is 3 months long, it is not pleasant. Also depending on your age you might not want to travel so much and stay more time at home, being in your "cage" at home for 3 months is not everyones thing.

 

During this years smoky season I stayed because of an embassy visit and immigration stuff. Talking to people there I needed to take my mask off, otherwise nobody can understand me and I make just a fool of myself because people are not aware of the effects of air pollution.

 

Like you said, I do not know where else to go which is why I stay. I love the city and Thailand.

 

But I am flexible, if I ever have to move away (e.g. changes in immigration or much worse pollution) I could perhaps go to Pattaya, Da Nang or Cebu. I do not own much here - could pack up quickly and move if required. No desire to have more assets here, that is not against Thailand, just a general thing to make my life easy and flexible.

 

I have also realized that it will not change. So we either live with it / travel during that time or move away. The corruption means nothing will be done about the burning but it also means visas for younger people in Chiang Mai will stay easy, so it has a good and bad side.

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1 hour ago, sharktooth said:

Out the country in less than a week thank Dog. Back later in the year and will be gone from CM permanently shortly after. Not putting up with this again.

Where will you move and how did you chose your new place?

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1 hour ago, FolkGuitar said:

No plans to move. For the few weeks that the air is really bad, I'll wear a mask. The rest of the year I find Chiang Mai to be the perfect place for us.

Few weeks was never a problem for me.  This year going on at least 2 months.  That is a little hard to swallow .   The few times there was a flood I knew it was no big deal,  and not something that happens often.   I hope like I'm sure you all do that this is not going to be repeated every year, and I never was concerned before.   I am now.

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