As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, many thousands of mourners have gathered around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to be present for the royal religious rites and ceremonies taking place and to pay their respect to the father of the nation. The tourism authority for Thailand (TAT) would like to ask that members of public stay updated via media announcements and notices from the bureau of the Royal Household as well as the Royal Thai Government to ensure accurate information. We also request that solemnity of these rights are observed and the visitors- local and international-wear respectful attire.
Major Popular tourist attractions are opening normally after 20th, Oct’ 2016. The TAT recommends that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask Tourists and Visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.
The TAT would like to advise the following during the time of sadness for the Thai People:
- Most mourners in the country will be dressed in black or white clothing as a display of the reverence to our Beloved King as a part of the Thai culture, but this is not mandatory, especially for visitors.
- Tourist should kindly wear proper and respectful attire in public.
- Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior
- The government has asked for cooperation from entertainment venues to refrain from conducting any boisterous performance.
- Most of the traditional, religious and cultural events including MICE and weddings will take 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
- Meetings, Receptions, and other related celebrations that are held in indoor-premises can be done as usual
- Tourist attractions will be open as usual exception being Wat Phra Keo ( temple of the emerald Buddha) and the Grand place, being the venue for the Royal Funeral rites. All transport, banking, shopping areas, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
Thailand loves their tourist and they encourage people from different parts of the world visiting their country. However at a time of such grief they expect everyone to cooperate and we hope we can be of assistance to them.