Phuket Visitor Information During the Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Visitors to Phang Nga, Phuket in Thailand, it's important to note that the details of their stay will be a little different for the next couple of months. This is because His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has just recently passed away, leaving his country in a state of mourning.
Some Small Adjustments
One of the most obvious changes in the country is that you'll see most of the people of Thailand wearing all black or all white as a symbol of reverence for the now deceased King. Considering that the King had a reign of 70 years, it's easy to see why people would so publically display their mourning.
Of course, there is no requirement or suggestion to wear all black or all white, especially if you are a visitor. This is just something that the people of Thailand are doing.
The country asks that all visitors conduct themselves with respectable behavior and wear appropriate clothing. For those tourists who want to show their support for the fallen king, there are a variety of places where black pins can be found to pin onto clothing.
Receptions, meetings, and all manner of gatherings will be held as usual, but they may be adjusted for the extended mourning period. When in doubt, get in touch with the relevant authorities and check what the procedure is beforehand.
All of the religious and traditional events such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, and others will all be held as usual. There might be minor adjustments made in order to respect the king, but they won't be significant enough to change the events in really major ways.
All of the attractions that tourists tend to visit will remain open with exception to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as well as the Grand Palace. This is because those locations will be the venue where the Royal Funeral Rites will be held.
Restaurant, bar, and transportation service you can think of will remain operational all throughout the mourning process.
The country of Thailand does request that visitors and tourists check in with their local travel agencies as well as keep up with the media in order to ensure that their plans remain the way they are or if they are being changed in order to facilitate the mourning process.
It's thought that a great deal of people will be traveling from the smaller provinces over to Bangkok during the period of mourning in order to pay their last respects to the King.
This of course means that there is expected to be plenty of congestion in the streets and roads leading to Bangkok. Anyone who's planning on visiting should keep up with the local media to find out about any closure of roads as well as delays that might occur.
A Good Place to Visit
Despite all of the changes that have gone on as a result of the King's death, the Thai people want visitors to know that their country is still just as hospitable as ever.
People should not be deterred by the slight change in customs during this time of mourning, but should instead join the Thai people and watch as they celebrate the life of a great king who spent over 70 years on the throne, always working for his people.
Along with taking in the decidedly rich history and traditions of the Thai people, all visitors can also take in a lesson as to who His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was before he passed away.
There are a number of projects that were specifically set up by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in order to revitalize his country and provide a number of projects that would directly benefit the people.
It's extremely rare for a public servant to be involved in the public life for so long, and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej spent a large portion of his life on the throne. As such, the national state of mourning is to be expected as the country moves ahead without him.
In order to facilitate all of this, the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture is now inviting tourists from abroad as well as the Thai people to visit their historical parks and national museums all throughout Phuket and Thailand while getting free admission up until the end of January in 2017.
In general, the events in Thailand will be going along just like they normally would. However, some of these celebrations will be reduced in size and scaled back in general in order to respect His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. As we've said before, it's best for visitors to get in touch with local authorities or keep up with what's going on in the media to keep abreast of the situation.