It was with considerable sorrow and great sadness that we learned yesterday evening of the passing of Thailand’s monarch, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej .
His Majesty was loved and revered by all our staff and this is, inevitably, a very sad time for them, for the Royal Family and, indeed, for all Thai citizens.
Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Thailand and we thank you for showing respect and understanding during this time. Even though the people are grieving, they still stay strong as the nation and life continues as usual.
The photos above are of Phuket, Samui, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, taken today by our staff and show business and life is operating as normal and all our offices have confirmed all transfers, guides, hotels and daytour services have operated today without any problems.
A public holidays was announced today to allow the Thai people to grieve, at Diethelm we had 70% of our staff arrive at work and so have been able to operate as normal.
The Thai government has announced a 30-day mourning period effective immediately for the entire country during which some services may be restricted and any public celebrations will be cancelled. Government workers will observe a one-year mourning period.
Thais across the country will be wearing black, grey or white during the 30-day mourning period, and while it is not required for tourists, we do advise that all travellers to Thailand show the utmost respect, dressing and acting accordingly.
As always, Diethelm Travel’s clients are our number one priority and we will continue to do all we can to ensure holidays run smoothly while allowing guests to still enjoy the magic of Thailand.
Currently, all attractions and activities in Thailand are operating as usual aside from the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, which are closed and scheduled to reopen on 20 October. Diethelm staff is on standby to guarantee all transfers to and from Thai airports and assist in any re-routing or minor itinerary changes as needed, particularly in Bangkok where we expect some heavier traffic than usual.
Restaurants and bars are also presently open and operating as usual, however we are anticipating possible changes in opening hours, particularly for venues that are open later at night. Overall, travelling within the Kingdom has not been affected and we look forward to welcoming all visitors to Thailand.
Of course, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling our emergency contact number at +66 81 911 1504 if you have additional queries and we will be sure to inform you of any important updates.