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Chiang Mai tourism is dead! But no one mentions the impact of smog crisis

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16 hours ago, koolkarl said:

BBC news and other noted media clearly noted that Chiang Mai was the most

polluted city in the world.  No wonder tourism is way down and will be for years to come.

A company called Sunshine canceled a 500,000,000 baht retirement community due to pollution.

I have had 2 friends die from lung cancer and after 17 years I have had enough.  Throw in the never

ending immigration issues and you can be your own judge.

And the Baht.

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7 hours ago, Bezdomny said:

CM is dead after 1am, you have seldom place where you can have a beer.

Maybe BKK would be a better fit.
We find that which is idyllic and destroy it.

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9 hours ago, connda said:

No it's not.  I saw Chinese tourists feeding the pigeons in front of the No Feeding The Pigeons sign at Thapae Gate just a couple of days ago.  All is well!   Plenty of Chinese tourist hanging around. 
And I saw a bunch of farang on motorbikes being pulled over and ticketed on Kotchasan Road east of the canal.  The BIB were very welcoming as they took their 400 THB for whatever offense they could come up with. Most farang drivers seemed to be in the process of being parted from 400 THB and obtaining a souvenir BIB autographed traffic ticket!  Very welcoming!!!  I know those tourist are planning return trips in the future.

Why is it bad that police stops people and check if hey have driver license? They stop thais too! And the fine should be 10 times higher for driving a motorbike without a license.

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14 hours ago, Medicine Man said:

I certainly feel responsible to warn family and friends not to visit from February to May. 

33% of the year 🤯

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19 hours ago, webfact said:

Reports of smog were very widely reported on news sites and social media with Chiang Mai being repeatedly named as one of the filthiest places in the world on consecutive days at the height of the crisis, notes Thaivisa.

And they can't see the connection??

 

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4 hours ago, Happystance said:

33% of the year 🤯

I was looking forward to living there 100% of the year.

 

Now I think I'll probably be there about 50% of the year at best - until/unless the air improves for the other 50% of the year.

 

I get the feeling with the smog season seeming to increase annually that I may end up only being in CM for about 1/3 of the year.

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