Tourists are NOT being urged to avoid Bangkok in October

May 30, 2017

The Nation newspaper today had a headline on the front page of the business section that immediately struck me as strange. It stated “Tourists urged to skip Bangkok during cremation”. I knew this to be false for sure. Bangkok is a big place and there would be no reason for tourists to cancel their holiday. And to confirm this, the Minister of Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, just rang me to say that she did not say this to the reporter at The Nation. This is completely false news. I just hope that the international media doesn’t pick this up like last time.

The royal cremation, which will take place from 25-29 October 2017, will only be held in the Sanam Luang area. The only tourist attraction to be affected will be The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to cancel plans due to the cremation. In fact, this is a cultural event of historical importance. I actually know a number of foreigners who are specifically planning on coming to Thailand to be part of this event. And yes, they can do this as long as they wear appropriate clothing. This means black clothes. Elsewhere in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand, tourists can carry on as normal. They can wear their usual clothing and visit the usual attractions.

3 Responses to Tourists are NOT being urged to avoid Bangkok in October

  1. Stanley on May 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    What kind of politics is going on with such regular false news ? Why no one is punished for such false news ?

  2. Anonymous on May 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    “The only tourist attraction to be affected will be The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.”

    Is this response not a bit disingenuous by your standards Richard. Is the tourism ministers inadvertent warning that Bangkok will not be business as usual during the cremation period not a good thing. The entire country will be in a very sombre mood and will likely revert to the same rules that were in place during the initial mourning period, i.e. it will be mandatory to dress in black, all TV and media will be monochrome, all entertainment venues will be closed and the sale of alcohol will be prohibited or severely restricted.

    • Richard Barrow on May 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Like before, tourists are not expected to dress in black. However, if they plan to attend the cremation, then they should wear black. As to what is affected, we are waiting for the Ministry to release the travel advisory. I will update you as soon as I hear something.

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