As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, travellers are being asked to respect the period and wear the correct attire when visiting.
Many thousands of mourners have gathered around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to be present for the royal religious rites and ceremonies taking place and to pay their respects to the father of the nation.
During Thailand’s Mourning Period, many events have been cancelled or postponed and some tourist attractions will be closed.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to ask that members of the public stay updated via media announcements and notices from the Bureau of the Royal Household as well as the Royal Thai Government to ensure accurate information.
It is also request that the solemnity of these rites are observed and the visitors – local and international – wear respectful attire.
In the period of national mourning, some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect. Please see the list of events that are postponed or cancelled in the following page.
The TAT would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates.
They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.
The following guide explains what’s open, what’s closed, what has been cancelled or postponed during Thailand’s period of national mourning
The Thai Government has encouraged Thai people to wear mourning attire for a period of one year, and for government offices to lower the national flag at half-mast for 30 days. Festive events are to be refrained for 30 days.
Status of tourist attractions
|The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha||Closed 14-20 October 2016|
|Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)||Open as usual|
|Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)||Open as usual|
|National Museum Bangkok
|Open as usual (09.00-16.00 Hrs.)
Closed 14-16 October 2016
|Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium||Closed until further notice|
|Lumpini Boxing Stadium Ramindra
Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum
|Closed for one month from October 2016
Closed 14-16 October 2016
|The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya||Open as usual (daily show times at 17.00, 18.30, 20.00 and 21.30 Hrs., but the last show has been cancelled until end of October 2016|
|Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya||Open as usual (daily show times at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 Hrs.)|
|Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront||Closed, until 17 October 2016|
|Siam Niramit||Open as usual (17.00-20.00 Hrs.)|
|Phuket Simon Cabaret||Open as usual (18.00-22.30 Hrs.)|
|Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront||Open as usual (no alcohol)|
|The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok||Closed until further notice|
|Chiang Mai Walking Street on Saturday and Sunday & Chiang Mai Night Bazaar||Closed until further notice
Status of events and cultural festivals
|Buffalo Racing Festival 2016, Chon Buri||9-15 October 2016|
|Nakhon Phanom Illuminated Boat Procession||9-17 October 2016|
|Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok||17 October 2016|
|Morrissey Live in Bangkok||18 October 2016|
|Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok||26 October 2016|
|2016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Bangkok||28 October 2016|
|BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena||29-30 October 2016|
|Ghost Fair at Mega Bangna, Bangkok,||20-31 October 2016|
|Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage||21 October 2016|
|Yi Peng Chiang Mai||12-15 November 2016|
|Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival||14 November 2016|
|Pattaya International Fireworks Festival||25-26 November 2016|
|New Year Celebrations, Pattaya||31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017|
*Many local and international concerts and performances have also been cancelled.
Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates
|The End of the Buddhist Lent at Indo-China Market, Mukdahan||14-16 October 2016|
|Concert Moderndog at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani||15 October 2016|
|Concert ECTat Bitec Bangna, Bangkok||15 October 2016|
|Group Riding Bangkok||16 October 2016|
|FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon at Kanchanaburi||16 October 2016|
|Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon||29-30 October 2016|
|Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016||(1-7 November 2016 (new dates 20-26 February 2017)|
|Krabi Adventurous Trophy 2016||4-5 November 2016|
|Bangkok Street Show 2016 at Lumpini Park||10-12 December 2016|