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TAT Update Advice for Tourists Visiting Thailand

Bangkok, Sat Oct 22 2016
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The Thailand Tourist Authority have updated their visitor information and advice page for visitors to the country during the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Here are what officials are suggesting and advising. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise the following during this time of sadness for the Thai people:

Most mourners in the country will be dressed in black or white clothing as a display of the reverence to our Beloved King and as part of Thai culture, but this is not mandatory, especially for visitors. Most of the traditional, religious and cultural events including MICE and weddings 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. Meetings, receptions, and other related occasions that are held in indoor premises can be held as usual.

Tourists should kindly wear appropriate and respectable attire in public and refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. Tourists should also be aware that the Government has asked for the cooperation from entertainment venues to refrain from conducting any boisterous performances.

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. All transport, banks, shopping areas, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual. We would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates.

Many people will be travelling from the provinces to Bangkok during the mourning period to pay their respects to the King. This may cause some congestion in certain parts of the city as well as to commuters. Visitors planning travel and trips should stay updated via the local media about road closures or delays. Due to the commuting of the people during this time, the safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors is a major priority of the related authorities.

For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic and overseas offices or the TAT Call Centre Tel.: 1672.

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