July 6, 2017

Bangkok will remain open to tourists during king's cremation

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reassured travellers that Bangkok is not "to be avoided" during the royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.

This comes after press reports circulated late last week advising travellers to avoid Bangkok during October. However, TAT stressed that the royal cremation, which will take place from October  25 to 29, will only be held in the Sanam Luang area.

“There is no reason for anyone to cancel their plans due to the cremation. Bangkok is a very large city and only a small part of it will be affected,” said Lesley Simpson, marketing representative for TAT South Africa.

She added that "this is a cultural event of historical importance, and a number of travellers are specifically planning on visiting Thailand to be a part of this event".  Tourists who do so are requested to wear appropriate clothing (black clothes) at the event, but elsewhere in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand tourists can continue as normal.

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