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His Majesty King Bhumibol

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand in Mourning

Following the sad announcement on Thursday 13 October of the death of Thailand’s much loved King, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej would like to share their condolences with all the people of Thailand at this very sad time.

King Bhumibol, who was 88, has been on the throne for more than 70 Years and was the worlds longest reigning monarch. During his reign he has been a guiding light for the people of Thailand and has become a highly revered father figure who is deeply loved by his subjects. The outpouring of grief and sorrow since his death has been unprecedented as the people mourn the loss of a guiding presence and someone who has dedicated his life to his country and the well being of its people.

The government has announced a one year period of mourning for His Majesty and people have been advised to dress accordingly. For the first thirty days flags will fly at half mast and entertainment events are being cancelled. In the days immediately following the King’s passing, as a mark of respect many bars and entertainment business have been closed along with Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar market.

Advice to Visitors

Whilst Thailand is still open to tourists, visitors should be aware of the current circumstances and respect the importance of what has happened and understand the grief being felt by the Thai people. Over the next thirty days most entertainment events will be cancelled, as will live music and shows in bars. No loud music is to be played in public venues and all concerts are cancelled. Chiang Mai City has also announced the cancellation of all entertainment at the Loy Krathong festival, known locally as Yi Ping, in mid November.

British Government Advice

Along with other governments, the British government has provided the following advice for visitors to Thailand:

Following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016. You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand encourages visitors to continue with their travel plans as normal, and has published recommendations about the mourning period. You should behave respectfully and wear dark-coloured, sombre and respectful clothing when in public areas. Check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Some entertainment venues, including restaurants, bars, and clubs may be closed or operating on restricted hours, particularly during the first 30 days of the mourning period. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has published guidance on how certain festivals and tourist sites are likely to be affected during the mourning period. You should reconfirm your plans with your service providers.

Tourism Authority Advice

The tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has provided the following advice to visitors during the mourning period:

• 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.
• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.
• For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.

TAT would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.

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