Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal.  Furthermore, kindly be advised of the following:

  • 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.
  • 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.

We must stress that there is no ban on alcohol or music or any form of entertainment.  Some bar and restaurant owners may choose to close earlier and/or tone down any music played as a sign of respect but there is no instruction from the government to do so.

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

 Tourism Authority of Thailand

14 October 2016