When Does Chiang Mai Smokey Season End?

Update 14th April: It was a false alarm, the smokey season didn’t end. In fact today it is as bad as ever at 194 AQI. This is probably as bad as it has been, I haven’t seen the readings this high. The mountain has gone again. Plus what’s worse is that nearly everyone in Chiang Mai will spend most of the day outdoors today for Songkran. Yesterday it seemed like everyone spraying water cleaned up the pollution a lot by evening, but today has started much worse.


Here is the league of PM2.5 fine particle readings complied by AirVisual:

  1. Chiang Mai, Thailand 194 (AQI)
  2. Lahore, Pakistan 177
  3. Port Harcourt, Nigeria 172
  4. Delhi, India 170
  5. Kathmandu, Nepal 168

Chiang Mai Smokey Season 2018 just ended 2 days ago after some wind and rain made the transformation in the photo below. Which means you can pretty much rely on early to mid April being the end of the burning season (lets now call it the end of April), when Chiang Mai pollution levels are often some of the very worst in the world.

when does Chiang Mai smokey season end


Chiang Mai is the unhealthiest tourist destination in the world in February, March and April

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How to Survive the Smokey Season in Chiang Mai

pollution tips for Chiang Mai smokey season January to April

Every year Chiang Mai suffers from the regional pollution caused mostly by farmers burning harvest waste material. Things aren’t getting better in 2018, so here is what I have learnt in my 5 years (on and off) as an expat in Chiang Mai. This guide will help you to minimize the health damage caused by Chiang Mai smoke pollution.


Air Pollution Levels in Chiang Mai Today:

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The Go-To Company for Care Homes in Stoke on Trent

care homes stoke on trent

This post is a recommendation for a company my family has had experience with for many years. At least three of my elderly relatives from Stoke on Trent have resided at Safe Harbor care homes over the years. All have been very happy, so I thought the company could do with a review.


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Two of my relatives stayed at New Park House and they love(d) it (sadly my grandpa passed away but my Mums cousin is still there). The second one stayed because the first gave such glowing reviews. Staff are pleasant and the whole place feels more like a vibrant, happy residential home rather than a place to ship off unwanted relatives.

My other relative began staying at the newer Haversham House more recently. I have visited both and they are lovely; nice touches all over the place like modern pictures on the walls and new matching furniture. I was part of the “scouting party” for this relative and other places had “that smell”, grotty furniture and carpets and dark rooms. Safe Harbor really seems to of thought things through, hence this glowing review.

The financing options for the elderly in care homes isn’t simple and I left that to others as it was complicated, but apparently Safe Harbor’s three home in the area are competitively priced. Apparently they have a fourth home on the way in Hanley in Stoke on Trent, according to the website. I shall be interested in visiting once open as there are a couple of family members who may require a care home in the not too distant future.

So that’s my little review of Safe Harbor. If you live in Staffordshire or Shropshire I highly recommend including all their homes when you visit a few for an elderly relative. I am sure you will be just as impressed as my family has been.

Juicing Recipe Reviews

Juicing has to be one of the healthiest hobbies in the world. These juicing recipe reviews are some of my own little creations from my spell as a juicer. I hope you get some good tips here about which ingredients to include or exclude from your juices.

I’ll let you into a little secret… the simplest way to juice is to add any old (not literally) vegetables into the mix but always include an apple. Apples are full of sweet sugar and they completely neutralize most vegetables raw, earthy tastes. Read more

Top 5 Songs To Relax With

best songs to relax with

Looking for a break from work or some good music to listen to when sunbathing? My top 5 songs to relax with should be just the thing: Read more

Getting Hooked on Juicing

My plan to get juicing is going very well (unlike my plan to quit smoking). The cheap juicer I bought (see last post) is working very well. The pulp seems to be quite dry and the motor is running fine. I didn’t attach it together properly once and it ground down the plastic a bit, but it is still fine. The only problem is the cleaning which is a bit boring and takes 5 minutes. The key is to at least give it a good rinse if not cleaning immediately, otherwise the food sticks to it. Read more

Cheapest Juicer in the World?

cheapest juicer in the world from China

Yesterday I think I may have bought the cheapest juicer in the world. The Kyowa KW-4201 is from China and cost just 600 Pesos, which is less than $14 or £10 (edit: since writing this post I have been informed the standard price may be 900 Pesos in SM). I have been meaning to lose weight and get healthier and juicing sounds like a possible way. I have been confused reading up on the subject online because there is a lot of debate about whether juicing or blending is better. For those in a similar situation, I say find the cheapest juicer you can and just get started! Read more

Quitting smoking with hypnotherapy part 1

stop smoking with hypnotherapy

I have finally decided the time to quit smoking is nigh. Hypnotherapy is going to be my chosen “tool” to help be stop this habit. I recently purchased a stop smoking hypnosis download from Self Hypnosis UK who seem to be more reputable than others I looked at. I chose them because they have a no frills website which isn’t too pushy. They seems to have the right credentials too and were quick to reply to my email about the effectiveness of the recording. Read more

Two of the Best Superfoods to Eat

top 2 best superfoods garlic and turmeric

Superfoods are those which have extra nutritional benefits and possibly even medical benefits. This select class of ingredients will act as a shortcut to achieving specific dietary goals such as lowering cholesterol or help with ailments such as arthritis. In this post I am going to share two of the best superfoods which I have found and what their health benefits are. Read more