Following the passing on Thursday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the country has entered a 30-day period of mourning. Tour operator Asian Trails issued the following statement today, advising travelers how attractions might be affected, as well as guidance for showing respect when visiting.
The king, who ruled for 70 years, died at age 88 after several years of illness. The following is excerpted from Asian Trail's email to clients and members of the travel industry.
In line with Buddhist belief and the constitutional regulations of the country, the Thai Government has declared an official mourning period of 30 days, likely affecting various entertainment venues and public performances around the country. Asian Trails asks all travelers to dress respectfully and act gracefully, especially nearby any mourning rituals or gatherings. There is, as of today, no clear guideline available about any restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks, but outdoor places will likely not serve any alcohol during this period.
At this moment, all operations inside Thailand -- including public transportation, airports, train stations and cruise ports -- remain unaffected, with the exception of visits to royal sights such as the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. The temples within the vicinity of the Grand Palace will not officially be closed (such as Wat Pho), but we do expect large crowds of locals in the area paying their respect. All of our guides are briefed and can offer alternative programs if required.
Asian Trails Thailand can confirm the following updated information:
• Loy Krathong Festivals in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai next month will be canceled. There is no official communication so far regarding the Loy Krathong festivities in Bangkok and other parts of the country.
• Entertainment venues such as the Muay Thai Live show at Asiatique and Lumpini Boxing Stadium have announced that they will close their doors until Oct. 17.
• The Cultural Show by Sampran Riverside is canceled for now but they offer an alternative program for confirmed bookings.
• All hotels and resorts, including all in-house bars and restaurants, are operating as usual. Most of their in-house entertainment and live music have been canceled during the coming days as a form of respect during the mourning period.
Asian Trails will continue monitoring the situation over the weekend; our team will provide support and alternative solutions where required.
With thanks for your understanding, support and sharing the nation's sorrow during these emotional times.