BANGKOK: As Thailand observes a year-long period of mourning following the death of its king, tourism authorities are assuring visitors that attractions are still open and that transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be available as usual.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) issued an advisory, telling tourists they should continue their travel plans as normal, but urging them to refrain from any "inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour".
Its notice is as follows:
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 behaviour.
• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaew (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.
It added: "TAT would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period."
The government had earlier announced that festivities would be suspended for 30 days following the death of the king.