Tourism Authority of Thailand gives recommendations for visitors regarding mourning period for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

As Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has given some recommendations for visitors and tourists who are already in the kingdom and those who would still be coming to visit.

In a press release on Friday afternoon, TAT has advised visitors to continue their travel plans as normal. It also thanked all visitors for their understanding and for supporting Thailand during this period of mourning.

Below is the complete statement posted on TAT and the Government Relations Department (PRD) websites on Friday, October 14, 2016, at 4:00 pm.

Recommendations for Visitors Regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol

  • 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.
sources: TAT, PRD / photo: Khaosad English