Tourists Issues Guidelines During Mourning Period in Thailand
BANGKOK – Tourists travelling to Thailand for a holiday have been confronted with empty streets and shops closed for business as the country is consumed by a time of mourning.
The UK foreign office has released advice to travellers, saying: “You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time.
“Particularly during the first 30 days of the mourning period, some entertainment venues, including restaurants, bars, and clubs may be closed or operating on restricted hours.
“You should wear dark-coloured sombre and respectful clothing when in public and behave respectfully when in public areas.”
Meanwhile the Tourism Authority of Thailand has issued guidelines for foreign tourists planning to visit the country during the period of national mourning.
Though it’s not compulsory for foreign visitors to wear mourning clothes, TAT advises them to dress and behave cautiously while in public places as a gesture of respect to the Thai people who are grieving for their beloved monarch.
Tourist attractions remain open as usual except the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha where the funeral rites for HM the King are taking place. Entertainment venues such as bars and nightclubs have been asked to consider their operation during this period. The decision can be made by individual operators.
Most traditional and cultural events will take place as usual but activities may be adjusted in conformity with the current situation or may be held as a tribute to HM the King. The services of public transport, banks, hospitals and other institutions are still available as usual.
Relevant bodies have strengthened security measures to facilitate the safety of Thai people and foreign visitors across the country. Tourists wanting further information can call 1672 on arrival in Thailand.
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