Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13th October 2016 at 1552 hours in Bangkok.
How long is the mourning period?
Is it safe to visit Thailand now?
Yes, the related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.
Planned a visit to Thailand? What should you do?
All vistors to Thailand can continue with their travel plans as normal as all tourism related industries and public services will be operating as usual.
There are some changes that will take place and here are some pointers to take note of:
1) Clothing – Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.
2) Celebrations and Events – Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
3) Bars and nightclubs – The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
4) Tourist attractions – Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites. Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple will be closed till Oct 20.
5) Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
Status of attractions and events:
We will bring you more when they are updates from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.