Tourist Attractions and Festivals Closing for Thailand's Year of Mourning
The Tourism Authority of Thailand released an updated list of specific tourist attractions and events and festivals that will be canceled or postponed during the country's year of mourning. This is an update to the set of guidelines the group released last week, which encouraged travelers to be "sombre and respectful" in the weeks and months following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Most tourist attractions will run as normal, though popular sites like the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20, while Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium and the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium will be closed from Oct.14 to Oct. 31.
Events including Bangkok’s 2016 River Festival, the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival, New Years celebrations in Pattaya, the Bangkok Street Show, the Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival, and concerts from artists like Oasis, Morrissey, and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, are canceled for the year, while celebrations like the River Kwai Bridge Week are still under consideration.
While the Grand Palace will host the Royal Funeral Rites, those who wish to visit to pay respect to the late king can do so on a daily basis at the Sala Sahathai Samakom Pavilion, with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports providing public transportation to the location from various areas starting Oct. 17.
There will also be an additional 64 carriages a day for trains running between Bangkok and its surrounding provinces to help facilitate smoother transportation for those who wish to pay their respects.