Looks like I will be getting a leave pass to come play for a few days in mid-march. Figure I will do the Mae Hong Son Loop, but wondering how bad the smoke from the rice fields burning off will be? Yeah, I know.... how long is a bit of string. I guess what I am asking is have they stared burning off yet, and I am presuming that it will not be as bad in the hills in the north west of Chiang Mai as there aren't as many rice fields. I know it is getting warm now, I see that you are getting 36 ish degrees during the days, but still dry. Plan is to pick up a Versys on arrival and 1 night in Chiang Mai, up to Pai for a night, across to Mae Hong Son for a night, down to Mae Chaem for a night, back to Chiang Mai for a night, and then home. Pity it is only a 7 day leave pass, but I will take what I will get.