The end of October will see the royal funeral and cremation of His Majesty the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year.
Royal funeral is scheduled for 25-27 October, while the King’s cremation will take place on 26 October.
Between October 25-27 there will be a big change on public transportation, entertainment and other activities.
These days will be closed some shops, cinemas and tourist attractions.
While the Thai authorities requested entertainment treat with understanding, as a sign of respect [no loud music and outdoor festivals], contrary to reports in the international media, many attractions, bars and restaurants will remain open most of October.
For tourists changes will be minimal, except on 25-27 October.
Ban on alcohol
At the time of this writing, there was little information about the ban on the sale of alcohol, although it may be expected that the alcohol will be prohibited on 26 October as an official day of cremation, and possibly 25 and 27 October.
October 13 – the first anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadeya and is also the official date.
Although officially there was no explicit prohibition of alcohol, many pubs and entertainment venues simply can not be opened. Many owners of bars in Pattaya and Hua Hin, said that even though they have not received official information, they decided not to work on 25-27 October.
For example, the bars and clubs in Soi, Pattaya will be closed from 25 to 27 October.
Immigration and other government offices will be closed on October 23 due to the fact that it’s Chulalongkorn Day, the annual national holiday, which marks the anniversary of the death of King Chulalongkorn.
October 26 immigration office throughout Thailand will also be closed.
Shopping malls, stores and other businesses
During the royal funeral of all the major shopping centers will remain open as usual.
You may find that some shops have decided to be closed, but for the most part it will be commonplace, for example, in the central shopping center, Robinson department stores.
The only confirmed will be closed supermarkets Tesco Lotus, whose management announced that all stores throughout Thailand will be closed at 14:00 on 26 October.
Banks may also be closed on October 26, although perhaps check with your local branch.
In September it was announced that the Royal Palace will be closed on October 1, will be open for visits on 30 October.
Other popular tourist attractions, which have announced that they will be closed on October 26 include Tiffany’s Show in Pattaya, Dream World and Safari World in Bangkok and TK Park, located in Central World.
A number of roads in Bangkok will be closed ob October 28 at the time of the cremation of the King of Thailand.
Among them: Charoen Krang, Chetupon, Kalaya Maitri, Lak Muang, Maha Rat, on Phra Lan Na-Phra, Phra Afit, Phra Chan, Praia Petch, Fra-Pipit, Rajini, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, Saranrom , Sethakan and Taiwan.
All buses, trains and taxis will operate as usual. BTS and MRT network will work as usual, and will be free for all passengers on 26 October.
Airport Rail Link and the Purple Line will be free on 25-27 October.