Thailand: The Royal Cremation Week

October 24, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 24 October 2017: The Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and related ceremonies will take place, 25 to 29 October, in the Thai capital. The entire nation mourns the loss of a beloved king, who was often referred to as the nation’s father.  The world longest reigning monarch, he was revered and recognised as a calming influence in days of national crisis.

He will be mourned at ceremonies across the nation and during the actual Royal Cremation, 26 October, televised nationwide.  The government has declared it a national holiday.  Read more

Thai airlines increase flights

October 11, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 11 October 2017: Thai Airways International and Thai Smile Airways are taking the lead increasing  flights ahead of the royal cremation ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to assist domestic travellers.

Thai Airways International acting president, Usanee Sangsingkeo, said that due to the government’s decision to make 26 October a public holiday, the two airlines would increase flights to facilitate Thai mourners across the country to participate in His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal cremation ceremony.

The following additional domestic flights will be scheduled from 23 to 31 October in order to facilitate the increase in passenger travel: Read more

TAT issues Royal Cremation advisory

October 10, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 10 October 2017: The Royal Cremation Ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled for 25 to 29 October.

Thursday, 26 October, is the Royal Cremation Day, and it has been declared a public holiday in Thailand by the Royal Thai Government to allow people to take part in paying a final tribute to the late King.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has issued the following recommendations to visitors to Thailand during this historic period. Read more

Security stepped up in Bangkok

October 5, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 5 October 2017: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered tighter security measures before and during the Royal Cremation of the revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

More than 11 million Thais from around the country have paid their respects in person to  their late King at the Grand Palace over the past year, according to official figures.

The premier had assigned the military, police, the National Security Council and the National Intelligence Agency to prepare the funeral security plan. Read more

Bangkok’s best temples to visit in October

October 3, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: October marks the start of Thailand’s high season and most people visiting Thailand will stop for a few days in Bangkok.

Vsitors should be aware that during October the country will pay homage to the late King Bhumiphol Adulyadej. The state funeral will take place 24 to 29 October 2017 with the actual cremation on the 26 October.

This is an immensely important and sad occasion for all Thais and Bangkok is expecting a vast crowd of grieving citizens to view the cremation rites during this period. Read more

Review Bangkok travel plans late October

May 30, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 May 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports recommends international tourists to consider switching their travel plans away from Bangkok to other destinations in Thailand in late October when the royal cremation ceremony of the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will take place.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said in order to avoid heavy traffic congestion, foreign visitors should travel to other destinations in Thailand during the royal cremation period, 25 to 29 October.

Travellers are being advised to visit popular beach and island resorts in South Thailand or North Thailand. All of the temple and heritage sites in the areas near the royal cremation site at Sanam Luang, Bangkok, will be closed for the entire week. Read more