Thailand is observing a month-long period of mourning following the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13, and tourists are advised to dress and act respectfully during that time, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

TAT noted that mourners in Thailand will be dressed in black or white clothing, but that observing the tradition is not mandatory. However, the TAT did advise tourists to wear “appropriate and respectable” attire in public.

Visitors should also refrain from inappropriate or disrespectful behavior, according to the TAT. 

During the mourning period through Nov. 13, the Thai government has asked that entertainment venues refrain from putting on any boisterous performances.

Tourist attractions will be open as usual during this time, with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, which will serve as the venues for the royal funeral. All transportation, banks, shopping areas, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual, according to TAT. The Grand Palace will reopen to the public on Nov. 1.

“Many people will be traveling from the provinces to Bangkok during the mourning period to pay their respects to the king,” TAT stated. “This may cause some congestion in certain parts of the city.”


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