Thailand announces official national period of mourning for one year
Following the death of Thailand's HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country is observing an official, nationwide period of mourning starting 14th October and lasting a whole year. Those visiting during this time should take into account the new rules in place with regards to the sale of alcohol, the changes to some nightclub venues and the cancellation of all planned festivities, which will be withdrawn over the next 30 days. Read on to find out more about how Thailand will mourn its late king over the next twelve months and how it will affect travellers and holidaymakers during this special time.
After the passing of Thailand’s ruler, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was made official yesterday, the country has plunged into a deep state of intense mourning that will be prolonged over the next twelve months.
To honour the late king’s seven decades on the throne, the Kingdom of Thailand has officially announced a one-year-period of mourning taking hold of every city and corner of the country. While travel in and out of the country will remain freely allowed, new rules are in place for foreign visitors to observe so as to not offend the feelings of the Thai people.
Destination Asia has shared some very important information with The Holiday Place regarding how the mourning will unfold and how it will affect travellers in general.
As of now, it has been announced that the Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok will be closed for seven days while all across Thailand a large selection of entertainment venues, hotels and restaurants will offer a more subdued, sober and respectful ambience, despite remaining widely open to the public.
Some restrictions in some areas will be in order, as we explain under the following sub-headings.
Drinking and selling of Alcohol
Alcohol will be sold during the usual hours of 11am-2pm, from 5pm-midnight, according to Samarn Futrakul, from the alcohol control board. Alcohol sales will be banned on Saturday, which is Wan Ok Phansa, or the last day of Buddhist Lent.
Some nightlife venues will close down, some won’t. Again, it's best to check ahead. Beam and Demo in Thonglor, Levels and Sugar in Nana and Silom’s Whiteline all announced they were closed until further notice.
While bars will be allowed to remain fully open and operational, they must close at 1am and no parties of any kind will be tolerated within them, said a release by the Thanakorn Kuptajit of the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association. Having said that, some bars will be closed this weekend, so again — check ahead.
Although the “junta” is returning broadcasting authority to the stations at midnight, there will be limitations on what can be shown, with no entertainment programmes allowed. Channel 3 posted on Facebook that all soap operas and series won’t be aired. Announcement of when they will resume will be made later.
On a closing note, all visitors and holidaymakers arriving into Thailand over the next month will be advised of the protocol to follow by The Holiday Place’s local representation staff. They will be reminded to behave respectfully in public areas and to wear appropriate clothing in public. In the meantime, we will work to update you of any further changes as they come. We’re closely monitoring the situation and as true friends of Thailand; we thank all our holidaymaking customers for their kind understanding at this mournful time of grief for the Thai people.
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