Traveling to Thailand until December? Fast facts as Thailand observes mourning period for the King

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Mourners have gone to the Grand Palace to pay their last respects to the King. Photo courtesy of TAT

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has issued the following guidance for foreign travelers coming to Thailand within the mourning period for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej:

 

  • Most mourners in the country will be dressed in black or white clothing as a display of the reverence to our Beloved King and as part of Thai culture, but this is not mandatory, especially for visitors.
  • Tourists should kindly wear appropriate and respectable attire in public.
  • Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior.
  • The Government has asked for the cooperation from entertainment venues to refrain from conducting any boisterous performances.
  • Meetings, receptions and other related occasions taking place within the premises can be held as usual, but may be adjusted in appropriateness as a mark of respect for the mourning period.
  • Most of the traditional, religious and cultural events including MICE and weddings 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.
  • 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 (will re-open on 1 November 2016). All transport, banks, shopping areas, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.
  • Many people will be travelling from the provinces to Bangkok during the mourning period to pay their respects to the King. This may cause some congestion in certain parts of the city as well as to commuters. Visitors planning travel and trips should stay updated via the local media about road closures or delays.
  • Due to the commuting of the people during this time, the safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors is a major priority of the related authorities

Status of events and festivals

Events cancelled (in order of events’ dates)
Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok, 17 October 2016
Morrissey Live in Bangkok, 18 October 2016
Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage, 21 October 2016
Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok 26 October 2016
2016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, 28 October 2016
BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena, 29-30 October 2016
Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival, 14 November 2016
River Festival 2016, Bangkok, 14 November 2016
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival, 25-26 November 2016
Farm Festival on the Hill at Singha Park, 25-29 November 2016
Bangkok Street Show 2016, Lumpini Park, 10-12 December 2016
New Year Celebrations, Pattaya, 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017

Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates (in order of events’ dates)
Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon, 29-30 October 2016
Krabi Adventure Race Trophy 2016, 4-5 November 2016
Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016, new dates 20-26 February 2017

Events going ahead (in order of events’ dates)
Triathlon Challenge Kanchanaburi, 23 October 2016

Annual events, status under consideration (in order of events’ dates)
River Kwai Bridge Week 2016, 25 November – 7 December 2016
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2016, 10-14 November 2016
The Glorious of Ayutthaya Fair 2016, 16-25 December 2016

Status of tourist attractions 

The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha Closed 14-20 October 2016
Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) Open as usual
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Open as usual
National Museum BangkokQueen’s Gallery Open as usualClosed 14-16 October 2016
Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium Closed until further notice
Lumpini Boxing Stadium RamindraHellfire Pass Memorial Museum Closed for one month from October 2016Closed 14-16 October 2016
The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya Open as usual
Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Open as usual
Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront Closed, until 17 October 2016
Siam Niramit Open as usual
Phuket Simon Cabaret Open as usual
Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront Open as usual (no alcohol)
The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok Closed until further notice
Chiang Mai Walking Street on Saturday and Sunday & Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Open as usual

 

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