Hua Hin Visitor Information During the Mourning Period
Thailand entered a period of mourning on October 14, 2016, after His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away. The country is in a one year period of official mourning. Visitors to Hua Hin should not, however, cancel their travel plans to this beautiful region as they will find most places open and ready for business.
Most events in the country will occur as usual although the number of visitors coming to Thailand may make congestion worse,particularly in Bangkok, so visitors may experience some delays.
If Visitors would like to participate, you may pin a black ribbon on your clothes as a sign of respect. These ribbons are available at Suvarnabhumi Airport and at many locations across Thailand. Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace will be closed through November 1, as a sign of respect. Victors, however, can find many other temples open, and this may be a great way to show respect for the king’s passing.
Visiting the Temples
Everyone is welcome to visit the temples, but they need to dress modestly. Women should never touch the head of a Buddha statue, so if they would like to offer anything as a tribute, then it should be left on the ground in front of the statue. Wat Hua Hin, also called Wat Ampharam, is located in the center of the city. The large murals on the walls of this temple are particularly impressive.
The beautiful Chopstick Hill is a great place to visit. Located just a short distance from the city, it offers amazing views of most of Hua Hin that are particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset. This hill has many smaller temples that are wonderful places to visit.
Other Activities to Pay Tribute to the King
The king was a supporter of the arts, the Hua Hin Arts and Crafts Centre that offers amazing pieces of art which can be viewed or purchased. The center is located in a typical house with great architectural characteristics that are quickly disappearing from modern Hua Hin. Once inside, visitors can see a vast array of art from Thailand’s earliest days.
The king also worked hard to protect Thailand’s natural resources and visiting Namtok Pa La-u that is an 11-tier scenic waterfall which is located within Kaeng Krajan National Park where visitors can see a variety of butterflies particularly in the early morning hours. Photographers adore visiting this park for amazing landscape photos and also for the vast variety of wildlife photos that they can capture here.
Try a scenic cruise to Khao Sam Roi Yot where you can feed the sea monkeys. The park is home to many long-tailed macaques. Explore Phraya Nakhon Cave, Kaeo Cave and Sea Cave within the park. Walk along the boardwalk to see one of Thailand’s largest wetlands.
Staying in Pranburi, Hua Hin
If you are staying planning to come to Hua Hin, then we invite you to stay at our luxury Hua Hin Resort and Spa. We offer 25 private residences that will perfectly meet your needs. Relax in your villa, suite or residence with amazing views of the ocean.
The government expects that people will carry on with their lives, so we have a grand holiday buffet planned on Christmas Eve. Enjoy listening to Thai acoustic and traditional Thai performances before enjoying a special showing of A Christmas Carol right on the beach while nibbling on Christmas cookies and sipping mulled wine.
Alternatively, join our private party on New Year’s Eve. As the government has requested, we will be keeping the activities subdued while enjoying a fun cocktail party. We will shoot off fireworks at midnight followed by launching paper lanterns skyward to symbolically release the old year.
We join the rest of the country in expressing our condolences to the king’s family. We hope that you will come to Hua Hin to experience some of the upcoming events. While you will want to remain respectful, there is certainly no need to stay away. We look forward to seeing you very soon.