Thailand in mourning for a year after death of King Bhumibol

Thailand in Mourning for a year after the death of the King.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated the travel advice for Thailand following the official announcement of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

There is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016.

During the first 30 days of the mourning period, all public festivities are cancelled. In these first few days, some entertainment venues including restaurants, bars, and shopping areas may decide to close or operate with restricted opening times. Major attractions, with the exception of the Grand Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha, are open as per usual. The general atmosphere, as expected, is subdued.

Travellers should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time; visitors are asked to behave respectfully and, if possible, to wear sombre and appropriate clothing; check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Please view the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand