Recommendations For Tourists Arriving In Thailand During October
If you have planned to come to Thailand during the month of October you may or may not be aware that the funeral of the late beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be taking place from October 25 to October 29. The nation has observed a year long period of mourning since his passing on October 13, 2016.
During the month of October may Thai people will be wearing only black, white or grey coloured clothing to mark their sadness over their kings passing.
What does this all mean for those who are arriving for a holiday is probably something your all wondering and we aim to address a couple of concerns you may have.
Should I postpone or cancel my holiday?
There is absolutely no need to do either, in fact if you arrive during this time you will get to experience first-hand the immense love the people of Thailand had for their late king and for the most part it will not affect the majority of your holiday plans.
During the month all transportation, tourist attractions, nightlife venues and hotels will operate as normal with the exception of the Grand Place in Bangkok and the Emerald Buddha Temple which will be closed for the month of October in preparation for the Royal Funeral.
There will also be several dates during the Royal Funeral itself that you should expect bars and tourist attractions to be closed, we expect that this will be 3-4 days starting on October 25.
What do I need to do to prepare?
There are no specific requirements for tourists during the mourning period though out of respect we recommend that while out in public to wear polite respectful clothing. You may notice if you have been to Thailand before that many of the bars have toned down their activities out of respect meaning no load music or partying out in the open. We recommend you check with your travel provider before traveling to make sure there have been no changes you need to be aware of.
Information you need to be aware of:
Like we have already stated the Royal Funeral will be taking place from October 25 to October 29 and the nation’s capital is expected to be overrun with mourners during this period with over 250,000 people estimated to descend on the capital so you may wish to avoid Bangkok during that period if you are planning on traveling around during your stay.
Be aware that during this time the population is in mourning and we suggest that your behaviour while out in public should also reflect this so as not to be considered disrespectful, avoid wearing bright coloured clothing, playing loud music and being drunk in public.
We recommend that you consult your travel provider prior to leaving to make sure you have the most up to date information before beginning your trip in this truly great land.