On the other hand i found at this time of the year coming into the coldest part with inversion type conditions prevailing it only took a few small fires here and there to choke the place up with fog,mist and smoke.
Yes, an inversion layer certainly traps smoke below in our valley but fog actually clears the air of particulate matter by moistening particles which then drop to ground. Conversely, a searing hot day lifts dust particles and exacerbates AQ by mixing with smoke and vehicle emissions. This is when you'll see high AQI readings in cbd areas especially during rush hour traffic.On the other hand i found at this time of the year coming into the coldest part with inversion type conditions prevailing it only took a few small fires here and there to choke the place up with fog,mist and smoke.
If you've got a spare 2 billion baht lying around .....Daytime temperatures now average around 30c, with clear blue skies, though our mornings are a tad chilly at ~ 22c.
No rain for a month already and it's getting a little dusty. This will no doubt cause a stir among the AQI watchers on Thai Visa even though we've experienced little in the way of fires yet.
The current Covid scare has caused an increase in body temp scanning although ppl are accustomed to wearing masks anyway so little has changed .... except the big Malls are desperately quiet! Could've shot a cannon through Central Airport Sunday lunch time and not hit anyone, except us. No waiting for a table at Fuji ... more staff than diners.
Many hotels are closed, large and small, even some of the most luxurious. Those which remain open were hopeful of an improved NY holiday season but that's looking doubtful. Dhara Devi, the most luxurious of all hotels is closed, in receivership, and owing millions in unpaid wages. I wonder if Chinese buyers will snap it up.... it's a massive property and ideal for further development.
Are you going to the auction?, could you do a live feed and do a bid for me please.......55If you've got a spare 2 billion baht lying around .....
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Too many bedrooms for Janice to clean anyway.Oh wait.........the price was Billions, not Millions.......To many zeroooooooooo's
A few of my expat friends from the biking community have now moved back to CM. Normally work in CM as local business owners, guides and one is a photographer. They cannot work but really enjoying CM life without the customers. Spending time camping with Thai partners, MB trips, fishing etc.Smoke obscured any blue sky today and visibility is ~ 8km. Otherwise a magic 28c day with sub 40% humidity.
Was talking to a near neighbor, a FIFO worker/expat with many years experience as an oil rig dive and safety manager. He's retiring due to covid as a./ very little work available, b./ 1 month of work can mean up to 4 months wait to get back into Thailand + quarantine ... and c./ his dive cert's will cost a grand to keep current ... why bother.
Meanwhile, life in Chiang Mai is good, as long as you weren't an offshore worker or in the tourism/hospitality sector. No lockdowns and no pesky tourists clogging the streets either.
Same as usual, over the top asking prices. One 2 y/o farang owned house on the next lake went on at 40mil before Covid, now asking 28mil, which is still ~8 over the top. The house was poorly built red brick with poor external finishes, but presents superbly the way it's furnished inside.Hows the prices looking?
Yes m8, have solid tenants, American guy with local tech business and a stunning TGF who works from home as translator for Google/Netflix etc.Did you rent the old place out?
I have noticed how cheap the rent is, 25k a month gets a nice joint.
It's not like Australian bush fire. Here it's mainly scrubland burning out of control in fairly inaccessible areas. Even the grass verges along some roads have caught alight from glass or cigarettes but they're easily extinguished.Omg , With the Rate of Burn offs over there over the Years its surprising there's a Tree or Blade of Grass left . I can Remember 20 yrs ago in Bali hardy being able to Breath from the Burn offs in Indo .