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1. Posted by BoyNameStu (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

I've read that between March and May, most of Laos is blanketed in smoke from rice stubble burning and that it's unpleasant to visit at this time of year. Can someone tell me to what extent this is true.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

I've never heard of this - I went in April and May and did not experience anything like that.

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

I was in Laos at the beginning of last March and we couldn't see the gorgeous scenery around Luang Prabang or Vang Vieng because of the smoke from the slash and burn. The smoke was just hanging in the air and some asthmatics we travelled with also had difficulty breathing with the air quality. I'm not sure how long this lasted after we left (we were there for 20 days or so) but every day we were there it was like this.

4. Posted by BoyNameStu (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hmmm... I've just had an eye operation, so I'm not sure that I really want smoke in my peepers for my stay. I guess I'll check it out another time.

By the way, does the same apply to Cambodia?

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

we went to Cambodia straight after and there was no smoke there. Northern Thailand had some smoke, particularly around Chiang Mai late Feb/early March last year, there were lots of warnings from the Thai government about it.

6. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

We went straight to Cambodia after Laos and there was no smoke there. Northern Thailand though, particularly around Chiang Mai was bad last year in late Feb/early March, it was the worst for quite a few years according to news reports and warnings from the Thai government.

7. Posted by BoyNameStu (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Louby lou thanks for the info.

I think I'll go to Cambodia. I've only got three weeks and I have a mate in Koh Chang which is en route.