It has been almost a year since the passing of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand at the age of 88, on 13 October 2016, after a long illness. It has been announced that there will be a royal cremation ceremony taking place from 25 – 29 October 2017, with the actual cremation on 26 October 2017.
King Bhumibol was succeeded by King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended the throne in December last year.
26 October 2017 – declared a holiday, Tesco Lotus stores will also be closed from 2pm
In a travel advisory last month, the Thai tourism agency requested that the solemnity of the royal cremation is to be observed, and visitors should refrain from any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. While not required to wear black, tourists should stick to “respectful clothing”.
Tourist Attractions & Activities
– The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be CLOSED to the public, including tourists, from 1st to 29th October 2017. It will re-open on 30th October.
– There will be no Muay Thai fights during October 2017 at Rajadamnern Stadium
– Thailand Knowledge Park at CentralWorld will close on 26 October 2017
– Paruskawan Palace and The Police Museum are closed from 1st to 31st October 2017.
– There will be no steam train service on 23rd October 2017
For more information, please visit: https://www.tourismthailand.org/home