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Chiang Mai splutters: But "Curtain of Water" protects tourists as polluted city continues among world's worst

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

To combat the pollution and make matters better for tourists and residents the media said that fountains were in operation on all four sides of the moat in the inner city area.

 

These were creating a "curtain" of water vapor to alleviate the problem, they said.

Always the cheap fix... never the permanent solution!

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1 hour ago, ChaiyaTH said:

Actually, most first time travellers do not care about it at all, they often do not even know how bad it is. Hanoi is the perfect example for that.
Neither do the Chinese and Indians care as they are used to it back home... Little stimulus to make a effective change.

 

The tourism crisis does not relate to the air pollution, it might relate to retirees and expats or locals but that would be it. 
The high exchange rate and negative events in Thailand do ruin tourism, as well over priced shops and services.

Also funny somehow that the air quality has been bad for a decade during this time,
nobody cared but since everyone got the Greta Syndrome, masks are mandatory and people scream to think they will die.

That is completely incorrect.

 

First time travellers absolutely recognize what a polluted boghole it is.

 

That is why they post on the internet "It's a complete boghole!" and never come back.

 

Get a grip.

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5 hours ago, Lungstib said:

I chose Chiang Mai as a place to live 32 years ago when it was little more than a big country village with no major highways and little traffic. Todays city is almost unrecognisable in size and content. The transformation has taken place in an unplanned and unregulated rush of a type unknown to most western countries. Massive amounts of construction, the movement of sand, soil and cement in uncontrolled ways, the introduction of highways always under 'improvement' meaning the cars are disturbing dust at all times, and all in a valley surrounded by hills. You cant add a million cars, thousands of houses, hundreds of condo's and shopping venues in 30 years without making a mess, which is of course exactly what we have.

  My thoughts exactly Lungstib.  I too would have moved to Chiang Mai some 32 years ago had there been an airport.  It was a beautiful small town back then.  Now it is a mini Bangkok.  Unfortunately I moved from Bangkok to Pattaya which was also nice 32 years ago.  Pattaya has also turned into a crowded, polluted dump that gets worse every day.

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10 minutes ago, ragpicker said:

  My thoughts exactly Lungstib.  I too would have moved to Chiang Mai some 32 years ago had there been an airport.  

No airport 32 years ago?  Are you on drugs?

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18 minutes ago, ragpicker said:

  My thoughts exactly Lungstib.  I too would have moved to Chiang Mai some 32 years ago had there been an airport.  It was a beautiful small town back then.  Now it is a mini Bangkok.  Unfortunately I moved from Bangkok to Pattaya which was also nice 32 years ago.  Pattaya has also turned into a crowded, polluted dump that gets worse every day.

CM airport was built in 1921 although I don't know when they started operating regular commercial air traffic.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Mai_International_Airport

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2 hours ago, orang37 said:

After urinating on self, during a safe intermission, take the Depends diapers Gonzo suggested you use, and hang them in front of a fan. You'll need to sit the fan in some kind of tray to catch excess run-off.

 

Do not urinate directly into the running fan unless it is steam-powered, or foot-pedal operated !

 

@TooFarNorth Do you have any evidence a urine-soaked diaper worn on the head filers 2.5 micron particles ?

 

~o:37;

My wife says the pants on head do work but she can only manage 1 good soak a day .  When I saw the pants in situ I wet myself but I am not wearing them on my head , no need to look silly.

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7 hours ago, worgeordie said:

Apps and fountains, is that the best they can come up with,

it's not like a natural disaster that you have no idea is going

to occur,this happens every year at this time.

 

Doing next to nothing in the City is not going to help one jot,

the Soldiers,Police, any volunteers need to get up in the  hills

and forests and PREVENT fires starting,let the villagers up there know

that setting fires is to be no longer tolerated,anyone caught setting

fires is an ARSONIST and should  be given a prison sentence,as they effect

the health and jobs of many  others. once again it's too little, too late. !

regards Worgeordie

As drastic as it sounds, this is what it may take. Too bad the backward thinking "leaders" will sit back and rely in water fountains and other rediculous dreams.

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2 hours ago, Odysseus123 said:

That is completely incorrect.

 

First time travellers absolutely recognize what a polluted boghole it is.

 

That is why they post on the internet "It's a complete boghole!" and never come back.

 

Get a grip.

Exactly. Chiang Mai's air problems are discussed in depth in various forums in my native country. People are not coming because of the poor air, plain and simple.

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7 hours ago, canthai55 said:

And what - pray tell - is your solution for the air pollution which comes into Thailand from other countries ?

Invasion ? A stern "Don't do that ! "

Most air pollution is invasive from neighboring countries.

There is no simple answer ...

What you say is correct but also a deflection. The Thai authorities can clamp down on the areas they have control over , have they ?

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3 hours ago, BritManToo said:

It didn't seem important before 2019 as it was only March that was bad.

But now it starts in December and lasts until April.

 

One month of poor air I can stand, but not 5 months.

Disagree with that.  Last year was the first year the pm figures went sky high, but always been a problem for at least 3 months of the year.  It's only in the last 2 or 3 years that pm2.5 sensors became common place.   Now we have unhealthy air for 7 months of the year.

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2 hours ago, Samuel Smith said:

No airport 32 years ago?  Are you on drugs?

I should have included the term "International" airport

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8 hours ago, Tracyb said:

I just laughed so hard that I peed my pants.

So did I when I saw the photo of the walking fashion statement. Do people really dress like that in CM?

It could be worth braving the pollution just to see it for real.

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8 hours ago, Lungstib said:

I chose Chiang Mai as a place to live 32 years ago when it was little more than a big country village with no major highways and little traffic. Todays city is almost unrecognisable in size and content. The transformation has taken place in an unplanned and unregulated rush of a type unknown to most western countries. Massive amounts of construction, the movement of sand, soil and cement in uncontrolled ways, the introduction of highways always under 'improvement' meaning the cars are disturbing dust at all times, and all in a valley surrounded by hills. You cant add a million cars, thousands of houses, hundreds of condo's and shopping venues in 30 years without making a mess, which is of course exactly what we have.

You and the people that followed you are part of the problem.

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