As you know, Thailand is currently in a 30-day period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty the King Bhumibol Aduyadej on 13 October 2016.
What does this mean for visitors to Thailand?
This past weekend businesses mainly operated as normal, however some lively bars were closed and any public parties or celebrations have been cancelled during the national mourning period. It is expected that most bars and restaurants will return to normal business hours after next weekend. There are a handful of other attractions and events that have been closed or postponed across the country. We’ve included a list of these below from the Tourism Authority of Thailand for your reference. Of course, Diethelm Travel Thailand staff will proactively organise any necessary schedule or route changes to clients’ itineraries as needed.
Public transport, airports, train stations and cruise ports remain unaffected, and shopping malls operate as normal.
On a more personal level, Thais across the country are dressing in black and white while in mourning. Though this is not required for foreign visitors, we do ask all visitors to Thailand to dress respectfully and wear muted colours if possible. Bright colours, particularly red or yellow, should be avoided. There are many shrines around the country with pictures of the King and the area around the Grand Palace in Bangkok is particularly busy as crowds flock to pay their respects.
Overall the atmosphere is peaceful and Thailand is still here and ready to welcome your guests.
We thank you all for the outpouring of sympathy, support and condolences we’ve seen during this time; these messages are very much appreciated and have touched our staff deeply.
As always, we will keep monitoring the situation and inform you of any additional changes in services and sites. Our emergency contact number is +66 81 911 1504 if you require immediate help or information.