Press Release

     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 Bangkok

Queen’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 Ramindra

Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

Closed for one month from October 2016

Closed 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

Open as usual (17.00 – 23.00 Hrs.)


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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

For further enquiries on Status of events, please contact our TAT domestic offices or TAT Call Centre: 1672

15 October 2016 at 19.30 hrs.


Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, kindly be advised of the following:

• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.

• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior.

• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.

• The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.

• Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.

• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.

• For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.

TAT would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.

Tourism Authority of Thailand
14 October 2016 at 16.00 hrs.

To commemorate the Seventieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty's Accession to the Throne, the Royal Thai Embassy in collaboration with Asian Institute of Management and Philippine-Thai Cultural Organization (PTCO) will organize a roundtable discussion on "Sufficiency Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development" on Thursday, 9 June 2016 at 08.30-12.00 hrs. at SGC Caseroom, 3rd Floor, Asian Institute of Management (AIM). The panelists include H.E. Virasakdi Futrakul, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, who will also deliver a Keynote Speech; Hon. Linglingay Lacanlale, Undersecretary for Administration, DFA and Former Ambassador of the Philippines to Thailand; Dr. Ernesto Pernia, Economist & Member of Philippine-Thai Cultural Organization;Professor Federico Macaranas, Economist & Faculty Member, Asian Institute of Management; Ms. Sunantar Setboonsarng, Asian Development Bank, Philippines; and Ms. Ivy Avelino, Head of School, Banayon Elementary School, Leyte.

Interested participants may confirm their attendance at Tel. No.: (02) 816-0696, Fax No. (02) 851-4221; or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Department of Social Sciences and Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University invites interested persons to apply for the graduate program, Master of Arts in Social Science (Development Studies).

Further information is available at the webpage: or directly contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The deadline for application submission is at the end of March, 2013 and notification of successful candidates will be in May 2013.

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