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    Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
    Theodore Koumelis
    14 October 2016

    The beloved King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away yesterday. The whole nation mourns.

    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 behaviour.
    • 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.

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

  • #2
    Important notices during mourning period
    October 16, 2016

    Following are important announcements and advice from various agencies related to the mourning period for the passing of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

    TAT issues advice for foreign tourists

    Embassies urge respect for Thai sensitivities

    Guidelines issued for all broadcast and print media

    TAT advice on the Royal Religious Rites


    • #3

      Teeranai Charuvastra
      October 16, 2016

      Crowd of black-clad mourners on Friday in Bangkok


      later identified himselfNarong JarungthamchotImage: Winny Thanawin / Facebook Cartoonist Narong Jarungthamchot said he was harassed because he wore this shirt instead of black.

      A statement published by Tourism Authority of Thailand advised foreign tourists to be culturally-sensitive while visiting Thailand during the national mourning. Travel advices posted by the UK and Australian governments also urged their citizens to avoid any behavior that could be interpreted as disrespectful.

      The monarchy has always been a sensitive subject in Thailand. Any discussion or remark deemed offensive toward the royal family is not only considered taboo, but banned under lese majesteallegedly defamed the monarchy. The mob only dispersed after police promised to pursue charges against the shop owner. A similar protest broke out in Phang Nga province Saturday night.

      Against this tide of hyper-royalism, some prominent commentators and Facebook pages are calling for understanding and tolerance for those who do not wear black. One reason for not wearing the mourning could be the sudden high price of black shirts, they said. Some markets are selling the shirts as expensive as 500 baht, as opposed to the usual price of 150-200 baht.

      In a post that has been shared more than 9,700 times, Facebooker Ratthakorn Jintaniti


      • #4
        People should not be judged by colour of cloth: spokesman
        October 16, 2016

        Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Sunday urged mourners not to reprimand public members who did not wear black or white clothing as a sign of mourning.

        "People should not watch attentively for a mistake as if they [who did not wear black or white clothing] do not feel grief. Please look at their intention," he said.

        In the past few days, there was a stir in social media criticizing those who did not wear black and white dresses. They were lambasted by social networkers as failing to show respect to the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on Thursday.

        They may have other factors such as economic problems or it was hard to get the clothes as they were sold out quickly, Sansern said.

        Sansern suggested public mourners that they wear sombre and respectful clothing if they cannot get black or white clothing to wear as a sign of mourning.

        Black or white ribbons or bows can be put on arms and chests as a sign of mourning, he added.


        • #6
          Thai PM tries to diffuse tensions over mourning attire
          Max Constant

          BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 17: Thai mourners buys black clothes at Bobae Market after Thai King's death as government warns against price gouging in Bangkok, Thailand on October 17, 2016. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world's longest reigning monarch and died on October 13, 2016 at the age of 88 after a long illness since several years, he was the most unifying symbol for Thai people and leaving behind him a divided country under military control.
          (Guillaume Payen / Anadolu Agency)


          • #7
            My black is blacker than yours ....................


            • #8
              This competitive grief syndrome is reminiscent of only Nth Korea.


              • #9
                Prayuth Wants No Politics During National Mourning

                Prayuth Wants No Politics During National Mourning
                Teeranai Charuvastra
                October 21, 2016

                Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks to reporters on Tuesday at Government House in Bangkok




                • #10
                  Thailand's opposition heartland shelves politics to mourn king
                  Robert Birsel
                  (Additional reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Cod Satrusayang.; Editing by Bill Tarrant.)
                  Fri Oct 21, 2016

                  A mourner pays her respect to a picture of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the City Pilar Shrine near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 20, 2016.
                  REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

                  In villages scattered through the green rice fields of northeast Thailand, a stronghold of support for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his opposition "red shirt" movement, people have put politics on hold to mourn King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

                  The 88-year-old king, who died on Thursday last week, was seen as a father figure for generations of Thais of all political persuasions.
                  Thaksin, who lives in self-exile offered his condolences upon the death of the king in a Facebook post but has made no other comment. The former telecoms tycoon has sent no messages to his beleaguered supporters in Khon Kaen, former red shirt activists say.

                  "All the leaders are gone. We hear no news. We're doing nothing," said one.

                  The activist, like two others Reuters spoke to, declined to be identified fearing tough security laws aimed at curbing political unrest.
                  Thaksin, based in Dubai, has not been available for comment since the king's death. Amnuay Klangpa, a former member of parliament from Thaksin's party, said security restrictions make it difficult to contact its base.

                  "We haven't forgotten our supporters but we can't even meet among ourselves," Amnuay said.

                  YINGLUCK FINED NEARLY $1 BLN

                  On Friday, Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra said the junta that overthrew her in 2014 has ordered her assets seized and fined her 35 billion baht ($996.87 million) over a rice subsidy scheme that critics say hemorrhaged billions of dollars.

                  The scheme, which paid farmers above market rates for their rice, was a flagship policy of Yingluck's administration and helped sweep her to office in a 2011 general election. Thaksin introduced a similar scheme before he was toppled in the 2006 coup.

                  "I will use every channel available to fight this," Yingluck said.

                  Analysts said the seizure of Yingluck's assets was part of a military plan to limit the influence of Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin.

                  "It is part for the course of the military coup which was to put down the Thaksin challenge once and for all," Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political science professor at Chulalongkorn University, told Reuters.

                  The junta says the 2014 coup brought stability following months of unrest and denies it was intended to limit the influence of the Shinawatra family.


                  The government has declared a year of mourning for the king. And on the streets of Khon Kaen city, everyone is wearing black or white, the colors of mourning in mainly Buddhist Thailand.

                  Thaksin's supporters said political activity would cease during the mourning period. They were pinning their hopes on an election the military government has promised at the end of 2017.

                  "We shouldn't do anything provocative. We have a conscience, we don't want chaos," said a second red-shirt organizer.

                  Thaksin, who faces a jail term for a corruption conviction he says was politically motivated, is loved in the rural north and northeast for pro-poor policies such as the rice subsidy scheme. But he was despised by a Bangkok establishment that sees him as a corrupt populist who squandered taxes to buy rural votes.

                  Worry about the end of King Bhumibol's seven decades on the throne has clouded a 10-year struggle between the military-led establishment and Thaksin.

                  The government has said Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will succeed his father after 15 days of mourning. His formal coronation, however, will take place after the king's cremation, following a year-long mourning period. The 96-year-old president of the royal Privy Council, Prem Tinsulanonda, has been named as regent during the interregnum.

                  The delay in the prince becoming king has raised speculation among Thailand scholars and analysts that the succession may not be as smooth as the government has said it will be.

                  'RESIDUAL POCKETS'

                  Thaksin or his parties have won every election since 2001 only to see governments overthrown, prime ministers dismissed by courts, parties disbanded and supporters shot in protests or arrested.

                  Thaksin's loyalists brought the capital to a standstill for weeks in 2010, descending from the north and northeast in a fleet of buses and trucks festooned with red flags. They occupied a central Bangkok district in a bid to force a pro-establishment government out and win back power Thaksin thought was rightfully his.

                  Today the opposition has been cowed by the military.

                  "They're not in a position to do anything," David Streckfuss, a Thailand-based scholar and expert on the monarchy, said of the red shirts. "They're in residual pockets with no organizational capacity."

                  Human Rights Watch said hundreds of people expressing dissenting views have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and prosecuted.

                  "People aren't happy but it's better to keep quiet," said Khon Kaen lawyer Boonyong Kaewfainok, who has defended red-shirt activists.

                  While most Thais mourn the only king most have ever known, the red shirt activists said they doubted shared grief could engender reconciliation.

                  "Sadness does not bring politics together," said the second activist. "For reconciliation, we need elections."



                  • #11
                    What Travellers To Thailand Need To Know About The Mourning Period
                    Cayla Dengate

                    You can still have cocktails by the pool, but Bangkok may be best avoided.

                    Thailand is open for business but events and activities may be subdued.
                    Getty Images/iStockphoto

                    Thailand may be known to Aussies for its poolside bars, raucous kickboxing matches and cheeky nightlife but it's in a period of mourning over the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

                    In 2015-2016, Thailand was the fifth most popular destination for Australian travellers behind NZ, Indonesia, the US and the UK and for the next year, the mourning period will transform the South East Asian hot spot, especially in the coming month.

                    Events like the upcoming Socceroos vs Thailand World Cup qualifier will be subdued, some tourist attractions will be closed and Bangkok is expected to be congested with those wishing to pay their respects.

                    Mourners light up candles outside of the Grand Palace to pay respects to the King.
                    Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

                    Yet for the cultural traveller, it's also an opportunity to witness a solemn tradition that has roots in Thailand's rich history of ruling families dating back to the Sukhothai Kingdom in 1200s.

                    What can I wear?

                    It's probably best to leave the bikinis and short shorts for the privacy of your villa. A Tourism Authority of Thailand spokesperson said mourners would be dressed in black or white clothing as a display of the reverence, and while tourists weren't expected to do so, they should "kindly wear appropriate and respectable attire in public".

                    Football Federation Australia has asked fans to the Socceroos match in Bangkok on November 15 to wear neutral colours such as black, white or grey.

                    Jordan Siemens We presume she's racing back to her hotel to put a tshirt and shorts on.

                    How about safety?

                    The Australian Government's Smartraveller service recommends visitors exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand, citing the king's death as one reason why there may be heightened civil unrest.

                    While the mourning period is set for the next year, Smartraveller said most disruptions would occur in the next 30 days. Many people will be travelling from the provinces to Bangkok to pay their respects this month, causing congestion in certain parts of the city.

                    What about full moon parties and the red light district?

                    Full moon parties are still planned in the coming month but the authority asked travellers to "refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly".

                    If you're keen on heading out at night, the best advice is to do your partying while inside a club or bar.

                    If you want to party, do it indoors.
                    Getty Images

                    What's open and what's closed?

                    The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha: Closed 14-31 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: Open as usual

                    The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is open as usual during the mourning period.
                    The International Pto Co.

                    The Queen's Gallery: Open as usual

                    Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum, Kanchanaburi:
                    Open as usual

                    Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium: Closed 14-31 October 2016

                    Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Ramintra Bangkok: Closed 14-31 October 2016

                    The Alcazar Cabaret, Pattaya: Open as usual

                    Tiffany's Show, Pattaya: Open as usual

                    Muay Thai Live at Asiatique The Riverfront: Open as usual

                    Siam Niramit: Open as usual

                    Phuket Simon Cabaret: Open as usual

                    Lumphini Stadum is closed for the time being.
                    Ingolf Pompe / LOOK-foto

                    Calypso at Asiatique The Riverfront:
                    Open as usual

                    Chiang Mai Walking Street on Wua Lai Road:
                    Open as usual

                    Chiang Mai Walking Street on Ratchadamnoen Road: Open as usual

                    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar on Chang Khland Road: Open as usual



                    • #12
                      PM urges the people to join the government in pushing the country forward
                      Tuesday October 25, 2016

                      Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha reiterated that the government would push ahead with its political roadmap and would strictly adhere to good governance, transparency and accountability in its national administration.

                      The first two years, 2015 and 2016, were the period for laying down the foundation with the third year dedicated for the first stage of reform which must be carried on for the next 20 years, said the prime minister.

                      While stressing that the government must move forward with clear direction, good governance, accountability and efficiency in budget management, the prime minister called on all stakeholders to join his government in steering the country forward and to work together as a tribute to the late King Bhumibol.

                      The King, said the prime minister, has not gone anywhere, but is still with the Thai people on this land.



                      • #13
                        The government has said Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will succeed his father after 15 days of mourning
                        By my reckoning, 28 Oct. 2 more days to the big event.
                        Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.


                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Norton View Post
                          By my reckoning, 28 Oct. 2 more days to the big event.
                          Yes. All Thailand will celebrate the new King!
                          God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.


                          • #15
                            Prayuth and his ilk want no politics ......ever again.

                            They have the ball and intend to keep it.....forever.


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