Holidaymakers urged to continue with Thailand travel plans

Visitors to Thailand are being urged to continue with their travel plans as normal following the country starting an official period of mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

However, the Tourism Authority of Thailand advised travellers to the country to wear “sombre and respectful” clothing when in public if possible.

Visitors should also refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour, according to the tourist office.

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 Thai government has asked for the co-operation from 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,” Tat said.

“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,” the authority added.

“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.”

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