Deep sorrow to Thai people

Swiss International Air Lines would like to convey sincere condolence to Thai people for the loss. We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Royal family and to all of Thai’s for the passing of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Saddened we stand by our Thai friends in these difficult times.

Period of mourning

As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, all government buildings will fly the Thai flag at half-staff for 30 days starting October 14, and all civil servants have been ordered to wear black clothing for a year as a sign of mourning.

Some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will be as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect. Most of the hotels, attractions, restaurants, department stores, and shops still operate as usual. The Grand Palace and The Temple of The Emerald Buddha are closed due to the royal mourning ceremony.

What foreigner should do under period of mourning?

  • 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.
  • Swimsuits should still be OK in the big resort beaches but tourists are advised to take local advice and to dress and behave appropriately in other public places. This is particularly important when visiting temples or royal palaces.
  • Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities orcontact Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.

Status of tourist attractions

Venue Status
Venue
The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Status
Closed 14-20 October 2016
Venue
Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Status
Open as usual
Venue
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Status
Open as usual
Venue
The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok
Status
Closed until further notice
Venue
Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium
Status
Closed until further notice