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It just isn't reliable to base an AQI on a reading without PM 2.5.

However, accounting for an uplift in PM 2.5, on the surface it seems a trip to the beach better for your health than sunbathing next to Bangkok traffic.

Areas around Chonburi and Pattaya registered at between 110-165 (with PM 2.5) , which is considered ‘unhealthy’ for sensitive groups.

For comparison’s sake, I also looked into the AQIs of New York, Berlin, London and Rome: Areas around Manhattan, NYC, registered anywhere from 20 to 40, which is considered ‘good’.

So I decided to investigate: to look at the facts, figures, daily statistics and make comparisons. Air pollution is not ugly, it’s downright dangerous.

In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that each year 2 million people die prematurely from the poisonous gases that make up smog.

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A huge contributor to Thailand’s air pollution is its frequent practice of agricultural burning.Bangkok is the second most polluted province in Thailand, behind Saraburi.Today it is reporting a real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) of 175 (the daily max was 213! It is worthwhile to note that some areas of Bangkok register much higher on the scale than others.When I last checked, the AQI registered at 108, most definitely ‘unhealthy.’But look at the 48 hour max (802!?) If that's correct, it certainly wouldn't be safe to go outside.

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