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TAT advice on the Royal Religious Rites and status of attractions and events during the Mourning Period


As Thailand is currently in a period of national mourning after the passing of the beloved monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, many thousands of mourners have gathered around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to be present for the royal religious rites and ceremonies taking place and to pay their respects to the father of the nation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to ask that members of the public stay updated via media announcements and notices from the Bureau of the Royal Household as well as the Royal Thai Government to ensure accurate information. We also request that the solemnity of these rites are observed and the visitors – local and international – wear respectful attire.

In the period of national mourning, some festivals and activities in the kingdom have been cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned but may be toned down as a mark of respect. Please see the list of events that are postponed or cancelled in the following page.

The TAT would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities for announcements and updates. They should also be aware that in some areas transportation could be affected. We also ask tourists and visitors for their understanding and patience should they experience delays or some routes may be closed to traffic.

Status of tourist attractions 

The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha Closed 14-20 October 2016
Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha) Open as usual
Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) Open as usual
National Museum BangkokQueen’s Gallery Open as usual (09.00-16.00 Hrs.)Closed 14-16 October 2016
Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium Closed until further notice
Lumpini Boxing Stadium RamindraHellfire Pass Memorial Museum Closed for one month from October 2016Closed 14-16 October 2016
The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya Open as usual (daily show times at 17.00, 18.30, 20.00 and 21.30 Hrs., but the last show has been cancelled until end of  October 2016
Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Open as usual (daily show times at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 Hrs.)
Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront Closed, until 17 October 2016
Siam Niramit Open as usual (17.00-20.00 Hrs.)
Phuket Simon Cabaret Open as usual (18.00-22.30 Hrs.)
Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront Open as usual (no alcohol)
The Square Buddha Amulet Market, Bangkok Closed until further notice
Chiang Mai Walking Street on Saturday and Sunday & Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Closed until further notice

Useful Links:

Tourism Authority of Thailand
International Public Relations Division
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org

Status of events and cultural festivals
Events cancelled
Buffalo Racing Festival 2016, Chon Buri                                                                                        9-15 October 2016
Nakhon Phanom Illuminated Boat Procession                                                                             9-17 October 2016
Oasis: Supersonic – Thailand Premiere, Bangkok                                                                       17 October 2016
Morrissey Live in Bangkok                                                                                                                18 October 2016
Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour 2016, BITEC, Bangkok                                                          26 October 2016
2016 Lee Jongsuk Fan Meeting Variety in Bangkok, Thunder Dome, Bangkok                    28 October 2016
BIGBANG Made [V.I.P] Tour in Bangkok, IMPACT Arena                                                        29-30 October 2016
Ghost Fair at Mega Bangna, Bangkok                                                                                             20-31 October 2016
Bangkok Symphony Orchestra 2016 – The Sound of Thai Heritage                                        21 October 2016
Yi Peng Chiang Mai                                                                                                                             12-15 November 2016
Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival                                                                                                           14 November 2016
Pattaya International Fireworks Festival                                                                                        25-26 November 2016
New Year Celebrations, Pattaya                                                                                 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017

*Many local and international concerts and performances have also been cancelled.

Events postponed indefinitely or to new dates
The End of the Buddhist Lent at Indo-China Market, Mukdahan                                               14-16 October 2016
Concert Moderndog at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani                                                                   15 October 2016
Concert ECTat Bitec Bangna, Bangkok                                                                                              15 October 2016
Group Riding Bangkok                                                                                                                          16 October 2016
FB Battery River Kwai Half Marathon at Kanchanaburi                                                                16 October 2016
Chanthaburi Scenic Marathon                                                                                                             29-30 October 2016
Harmony World Puppet in Kanchanaburi 2016                 (1-7 November 2016 (new dates 20-26 February 2017)
Krabi Adventurous Trophy 2016                                                                                                          4-5 November 2016
Bangkok Street Show 2016 at Lumpini Park                                                                                     10-12 December 2016

Events going ahead but scaled back
Rap Bua Festival at Bangphli, Samut Prakan, 12-15 October 2016
Poi Lynn Sib Et Festival, Mae Hong Son, 14-16 October 2016