Thais ask tourists to show respect
Thailand remains open for tourism despite being in mourning for KingBhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week, the country’s tourist board has insisted.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said there would be two periods of mourning: the first a one-month stretch up to November 13, during which bars can still serve alcohol but may close early; and a second, more general period which will last for one year.
TAT urged tourists to show sensitivity: “Most mourners in the country will be dressed in black or white as a display of reverence to our Beloved King… but this is not mandatory for visitors. Tourists should kindly wear appropriate and respectful attire in public.”
Bangkok’s red light district shut down for the mourning period and Khaosan Road – a notorious party spot – was also subdued.