Going to Thailand? Be respectful, requests the FCO.
Following the official announcement of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016 in Thailand.
The King was 88 years old and was the world’s longest reigning monarch. He was also much loved and respected in Thailand. The people of Thailand have been asked by the government to wear black and avoid joyful events. Cinema screenings, concerts and sports event shave been cancelled or postponed and all entertainment has been pulled from TV screens.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have issued a statement asking that all visitors to Thailand respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time. They advise that access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars, and shopping areas may be restricted and that all visitors should behave respectfully when in public areas.
They also ask that visitors wear, if possible, sombre and respectful clothing when in public.