Thailand issues tourist guidelines for mourning period
The Jakarta Post
Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the age of 88, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has issued a list of recommendations for visitors.
Although Thailand is among Southeast Asia's top destinations for tourists from all over the world, strict social protocols still govern the country – especially as the yearlong mourning period commences. In essence, the guidelines include:
Attire and attitude
Visitors will notice that Thai citizens will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. Tourists are not obliged to follow their lead, but keep in mind that you should dress respectfully and avoid wearing anything flashy or obtrusive in public. Tourists are also expected to be well mannered and should avoid any inappropriate or unusual behavior.
The Thai government reportedly has requested cooperation from recreational spots like bars and nightclubs to reconsider their operational hours during the mourning period. However, decisions will be made by the owners separately.
Photographer and blogger Willy Thuan, a resident in Thailand since 1994, told Time on Monday that several bars in Bangkok had already reopened and presumably nightclubs will follow soon.
All modes of transportation, banks, hospitals and other forms of public services will operate normally. Safety and security procedures will be heightened for all Thai citizens and tourists to ensure peaceful travel across the country.
Main tourist attractions will be opened as usual, with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace as they will be the grounds of the monarchy’s funeral.
Other spots such as the Lumpini Boxing Stadium Ramindra, the Square Buddha Amulet Market, the Weekend Chiang Mai Walking Street and its Night Bazaar will remain closed until further notice.
Large public events and street parties are still far a long way from taking place. Some of the events that have or will be cancelled include Morrissey Live, Big Bang Made [V.I.P] Tour, Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting, and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra – which were all slated to be held in Bangkok. There may be more local or international concerts that will be cancelled; TAT advises event-goers to check with the event organizers.
Other events, such as the Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon, Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi and the Krabi Adventurous Trophy are also scheduled to be postponed. (mra/kes)
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