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After 70 years as Head of State, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has died peacefully in hospital at the age of 88. Following his death, an official period of mourning has been announced in Thailand, lasting for one year until mid-October 2017.
During the period of mourning, the FCO has advised; “you should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time; access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars, and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas; if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.”*
As outlined above, if you’re planning a trip to Thailand it is really important that you carefully consider your behaviour and clothing, to avoid accidentally upsetting or offending the local people during this difficult time. You should also consider that the usual clubs, bars and restaurants may be closed or their festivities toned down, so research before you travel/book to avoid disappointment.
Thailand has been under military rule since a coup in 2014, and according to news reports, the King was instrumental in maintaining calm during the political unrest, so his death could potentially spark clashes. Therefore it is also very important that you following any advice from local authorities, to avoid any unnecessary holiday mishaps.
*Information correct at 13th October 2016 – for further and up to date information please visit the FCO’s Thailand advice page. ForPlease note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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