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Thailand Update - Added 13th October 2016 - Updated 12th May 2017 - Current 18th September 2017


We were extremely saddened by news of the passing of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and the people of Thailand.

Following the announcement there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016.


His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017; during this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.


We encourage all visitors to continue respecting the traditions and to dress respectfully avoiding red and yellow colours. There are many shrines around the country with pictures of the King and the area around the Grand Palace in Bangkok remains particularly busy as people come to pay their respects. 

Travellers are advised to respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time and to refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly. Abide by local laws and respect Thai customs. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand encourages visitors to continue with their travel plans as normal, and has published recommendations about the mourning period. 


Many governments advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border.

Please follow the travel advice of your Government:


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United Kingdom


We are closely monitoring the events in Thailand and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page. 



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