King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. A statement from the Royal household bureau said: His Majesty “passed away peacefully” at 3.52pm (8.52am BST) on Thursday 13.10.2016 at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok.
Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) gave the following recommendations to the visitors to Thailand:
1) Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
2) 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.
3) The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
4) Most of the traditional and cultural events 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.
5) All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual. The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.