Will the Mourning Period of Thailand affect tourists? Find out if you’re planning a trip there.

Thailand is currently mourning the loss of their beloved Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. At this point, there’s one question in the minds of those planning a trip there – will the mourning period of Thailand affect tourists? They hosted 1.04 million tourists from India in 2015. So, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has decided to answer the question, and update the potential guests from here about things they need to remember. Accordingly, Isra Stapanaseth, the Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, addressed the issue in Kolkata during a press release, in the presence of travel agents, media, and bloggers like me.

Will the Mourning Period of Thailand affect tourists? Find out if you’re planning a trip there.

Will the Mourning Period of Thailand affect tourists? Isra Stapanaseth discusses at a Press Release in Kolkata. - JustODThings

Will the Mourning Period of Thailand affect tourists? Isra Stapanaseth discusses at a Press Release in Kolkata.

Officially, Thailand’s mourning period will last for a year, counting from the unfortunate event of their monarch’s death on 13th October, 2016. But, the major popular tourist attractions have started operating normally since 20th October, after 7 days of mourning. However, it is important to remember that some local events and festivals are subject to cancellation or amendment during the 30-day period between 13th October and 13/14th November, 2016. After this one month, only the nationals of the country will maintain the mourning.

What does it mean for the travellers?

Will the Mourning Period of Thailand affect tourists? Isra Stapanaseth meets media, bloggers and agents to discuss. - JustODThings

Will the Mourning Period of Thailand affect tourists? Isra Stapanaseth meets media, bloggers and agents to discuss.

While talking to those present at the press release in Kolkata, Stapanaseth assured that visiotrs don’t need to cancel plans. One of the major tourist hubs in the world, Thailand will not come to a total standstill, of course. But, it is a good idea to keep an eye on www.tatnews.org for updates, advices and announcements by the Royal Thai Government, the Bureau of Royal Households and the local authorities, and stay in touch with your travel agent.

What to expect from Thailand during this time:

  1. Mourners in the country will mostly be wearing black and white as a sign of respect and mourning
  2. Major traditional, religious and cultural events, including MICE and weddings, will be taking place as usual.
  3. However, outdoor celebrations will have to be cancelled or toned down. Celebrations, events, meetings, receptions, functions, etc. will be taking place indoors can continue normally.
  4. Tourist attractions will be open, except Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace. The Roya Funeral Rites will take place here.
  5. Transportation might be delayed and/or some routes might be closed for traffic in some areas during this mourning period, since many people will be visiting the country to pay their respect.

What Thailand will expect from tourists:

  1. Wearing black or white is not mandatory for travellers, but it is better to dress modestly, and in sober colours. It is a good idea to wear black and white in religious places, though.
  2. Visitors are requested to refrain from conducting themselves inappropriately, or participating in boisterous activities.
  3. It is not mandatory for tourists to mourn with the locals. But, you have to understand that this is a huge loss for them. But your hosts will surely appreciate you showing respect towards their sentiments.

Festivals after the one-month mourning period in Thailand will go ahead. There’s no need to worry about those of 2017. But, the authorities might incorporate some regulations or changes to show respect to the mourners. The fate of the 2016 Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Lantern Festival is still undecided. Stay updated about the scenario in Thailand, changes in events, compensations to visitors in case of cancellations, etc. through local media and travel agents.

The government of Thailand is working constantly to maintain the rights of the locals to mourn, without affecting the holiday spirit of the tourists, or imposing rules and restrictions on them. All they ask for is the understanding and patience of the visitors.

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