One-year period of mourning following the death of the King of Thailand

Thailand is now in a one-year period of mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thai citizens highly honour and deeply respect their monarchy. A nationwide shutdown and elaborate funeral are expected.

Advice For Travellers

Be aware of the cultural sensitivities and grief of the Thai people during this time. Overall, behave in a respectful manner, and avoid disorderly conduct. As a sign of respect, travellers should wear black or dark clothing that is below the knee and covering the shoulders. Entertainment may be restricted, including bars, restaurants and shopping areas, particularly over the next 30 days (until November 13). The sale and consumption of alcohol could be banned for a short time or limited to certain hours of the day. The full moon party on Koh Phangan on October 17 might be cancelled. At this time, tourist sites, large shopping malls and beaches are open, with the exception of Wat Pra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Avoid any discussion of politics or any comment that could be interpreted as insulting the monarchy. Insulting the monarchy is a criminal offence that could lead to imprisonment, including for tourists.

Security may be heightened. Expect traffic disruptions.

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