Five changes that travelers to Thailand will face
On October 13, King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away, mourning for the monarch was declared in the country …
Five changes that travelers to Thailand will face
There is a strict dress code in the kingdom: all residents of Thailand wear black and white clothes. The media trumpeted with might and main that the kingdom needed a lot of strict dresses, mourning flowers and urged merchants not to raise prices for such things and accessories. Even the mannequins in the windows of first-class boutiques are dressed in black and white. All official portals, online media and publications in Thailand have switched to a plain interface.
The government has announced that mourning for the monarch will last a year. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha appealed to the people of Thailand with a request to cancel all entertainment events over the next 30 days. However, the politician urged the business structure to continue its activities in order to provide the country’s population and tourists and maintain the prestige of Thailand in the international arena. The prime minister also added that, despite the death of the king, life continues.
We will analyze what changes await tourists in connection with national mourning and how it will affect the tourism industry of the country as a whole.
Five changes awaiting tourists
1. The Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok is temporarily closed. Traditional Buddhist rituals are held there. It is not yet clear how long the farewell to the king will last; perhaps it will take several months. Change the format of work and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Other cultural sites in Thailand will be accessible to tourists, as before.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand reports that hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country come to say goodbye to their beloved king, and this will cause an influx of people to Bangkok and increase the passenger traffic of transport hubs.
2. Large festivals and events will be canceled or postponed for an unknown period. In Bangkok, a concert of the British artist Morrissey, the ex-frontman of The Smiths, will not take place. Residents will not be able to attend the famous Full Moon party on Koh Phangan, which is also canceled.
3. Thai bars and restaurants will muffle music. At least next month, the work of noisy disco clubs and high-profile beach parties will stop. Cruise ships cruising in Bangkok paid tribute to the king by turning off the neon lights and “lowering the volume.” Moreover, for the first time in many years, the Red Light District, located in the center of the capital, suspended its work. He remained open despite military coups.
4. Shopping and entertainment centers, supermarkets and public catering can suspend the sale of alcohol and close at night, if their owners wish to do so. This decision can be made by the owners of hotels that are not included in the network, and resort areas that support mourning for the monarch.
5. Strengthening security measures in the country. Perhaps the documents of people crossing the country’s border (including land) will be checked more carefully.
The work of such public institutions as banks, hospitals, public services, and transport will remain the same.
It is important that not a single state called on its compatriots to cancel their trip to Thailand because of mourning. But the governments of many countries made appeals and asked their compatriots to show respect for the Thais who mourn for their monarch: to behave restrained in public places, adhere to the official style of clothing. Bright beach dresses and slippers during mourning in the country will not be welcome.
Philip Obruchev-Mironov, head of the Southeast Asia and Tunisia travel company NTK-Intourist, shared his thoughts on possible changes in the tourism industry in Thailand. In his opinion, tourists will behave more restrained during mourning, because lovers of noisy parties will choose another place to stay. However, Mr. Obruchev-Mironov suggests that many travelers will like this type of vacation much more.
He notes that traders and service workers will be calmer and this will be a plus for tourists. Noise and loud music will not disturb the night’s sleep, and instead of night gatherings, you can walk around the parks, cultural sites and other historical places during the day. Those who are looking for a “quick vacation” will not be happy with such a vacation, but the rest of the travelers will probably be satisfied.
The expert says that his company’s employees in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, admire the unity of Thais throughout the country, supporting mourning for their beloved ruler. True, now many formal procedures that previously took a couple of minutes can be delayed: for example, the response of the service company will have to wait several times longer.
But summing up, Mr. Obruchev-Mironov notes that everything works smoothly, clearly and continues to move forward.
Personality of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the history of Thailand
Many call the life path of King Bhumibol Adulyadej amazing. He was born in the American city of Cambridge on December 5, 1927.