Published on : Tuesday, October 18, 2016
In spite of the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country is open for tourism activities as established by its tourist board. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), there are two periods of mourning, but tourism will remain unaffected due to that. Tourists don’t need to wear black on the beach.
They just need to show respect and sensitivity. Tourists need not get disturbed spread by misinformation. King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world’s longest reigning monarch and was 88.
The King was highly respected in Thailand, and so his death is considered as a deep loss and is being mourned by people of Thailand with much reverence. Following the King’s death, Bangkok’s famous red light district shut down and other notorious party spots were also kept in check. Night clubs closed and music was banned.
However, those holidaying there could enjoy alcoholic drinks only till midnight. Some parties and festivals were also cancelled. Some tourists have complained of complete ruin of their holiday plans in Thailand and were utterly disappointed. TAT has said that most attractions are open as usual, but the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, where the king’s funeral took place, will be closed till October 20.
TAT has advised tourists visiting Thailand during the mourning period to wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public and stay away from inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. All public services like banks, transport and hospitals will be functioning as usual.