Thailand in mourning: A primer
WITH Thailand grieving the death of beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the famous welcome extended to visitors in the “Land of Smiles” will be a bit less warm during mourning.
While most public services are unaffected, a range of entertainment, sport and cultural events have been cancelled or postponed, and guidelines have been issued on acceptable behaviour.
Not everyone is required to follow millions of mourning Thais in wearing black, but visitors are nonetheless expected to avoid overly revealing or colourful attire.
On the country’s popular southern beaches, however, normal swimwear is expected to remain quite acceptable.
Most public services and commercial activities are unaffected, with hospitals, banks, embassies, government offices and shopping malls largely operating as normal, though there may be ad hoc closures or restrictions.
A number of entertainment events have been cancelled, including concerts by Morrissey and the Scorpions, and Korean K-pop bands Big Bang, JYP and FT Island.
Most tourist sites in Thailand including its exquisite Buddhist temples remain open.
However, Bangkok’s nightclubs and lurid go-go bars have either temporarily closed or are operating in markedly subdued fashion after the nation’s military strongman ordered them to “tone it down”.
Some bars have reportedly been told they can continue to serve
A Thai cyclist prays in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok yesterday.