Pollution in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Air pollution data from World Health Organization Info
PM10 Pollution Level: Moderate

Pollution in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Air Pollution
80.72 Very High
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility
45.27 Moderate
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal
49.31 Moderate
Dirty and Untidy
49.67 Moderate
Noise and Light Pollution
53.29 Moderate
Water Pollution
59.46 Moderate
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City
67.59 High
Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City
55.74 Moderate

Purity and Cleanliness in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Air quality
19.28 Very Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility
54.73 Moderate
Garbage Disposal Satisfaction
50.69 Moderate
Clean and Tidy
50.33 Moderate
Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights
46.71 Moderate
Water Quality
40.54 Moderate
Comfortable to Spend Time in the City
32.41 Low
Quality of Green and Parks
44.26 Moderate

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Last update: March 2021

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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1 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jul 16, 2017:
I love Chiang Mai & have lived there 40% of the time over the past nine years.

Unfortunately, pollution has become absolutely unacceptable there over that time. When I first arrived, people told me that the foul air pollution of March and April was slowly being counteracted by public and private action and policy. I did experience it in March, 2009, right before I left.

Most of my time in Chiang Mai has been since returning in December, 2012, which, in my observation, marked the beginning of a massive mood of indifference toward this problem. Highlights are as follows:

-Whereas Chiang Mai was acceptable for garbage removal in 2008-09, it has become filthy. Chinese tourists often throw garbage at the base of trees. Rats are ubiquitous, far more common than they were in 2008-09. Garbage is properly picked up, but not frequently enough -- it accumulates very quickly.

-Air pollution is much worse than it was in March, 2009. It was terrible in 2014, 2015, and 2016, the years in which I lived there in March. In 2017, it was bad, but less than 2014-16, because it rained several times in March and April -- something that rarely happens.

-All city waterways are utterly disgusting. The moat, the canal, and the Mae Ping River. You want to "verify" my survey? Go jump in one of those bodies of water!

-Parks and walking areas are absolute disappointment. There is a token park in the southwest corner of the old town which is OK. Otherwise, Chiang Mai is certainly not green. I love to go for a nice long walk, but that is unpleasant in Chiang Mai as it is overwhelmed with motorbikes and no dedicated walking paths and limited trees and green spaces.

-Ground water is disgusting. You want to "verify"? Go to Wat Phra Singh. Outside the main entrance on Samlan Road, turn right and walk south along the temple wall to the next street corner, which I believe to be Samlan Road Soi 1. Turn right and walk west about 20-30 meters along that southern wall of the temple. Observe the drainage below. Take a sample and analyze -- I wonder if there's actual raw sewage from the temple there. The water is black.