Thais ask tourists to show re­spect

The Daily Telegraph - Travel - - TRAVEL NEWS - Hazel Plush

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.

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