The Royal Thai Government has announced that the first 30 days of the Thailand’s official mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej have passed, and restrictions on festive celebrations and entertainment venues have been lifted and television and radio broadcasts have returned to normal programming.
The announcement from the Government has been made to reassure visitors with plans to visit Thailand that all events and festivals will be going ahead as planned.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “The first 30 days of the official mourning period has been the time for the Thai people in remembrance to the late King, Although there has been earlier minimal disruption to events, festivals and tourism activities, with entertainment restrictions being lifted this week, visitors can feel assured that they will spend their time here, experience a warm welcome and continue with their holiday plans.”
All entertainment venues, parties, festivals and radio and television broadcasts resumed on 14 November, 2016.
Local fairs and festive events; such as, walking street markets, Red Cross fairs, entertainment activities – Likay folk performance, concert and contest, and traditional ceremonies – Kathin robe offering, wedding party and Buddhist ordination ceremony – will be taking place as normal.
Hotels are now able to hold celebrations and events, including meetings and seminars, and parties. In addition, sporting fixtures will go ahead as planned. Also clubs, bars and entertainment venues will be returning to their usual opening hours.
However, as this is still a reverence time for the Thai people, overt celebrations of events may still be toned down slightly as a mark of respect, but this will have no effect on scheduling.
Mr. Yuthasak said, “While this is the mourning period in Thailand, life is going on in the country and the people are as welcoming as ever to tourists. All events and celebrations are going ahead and tourists will be seen as true friends of Thailand in these eventful times.”