Tourists are NOT being urged to avoid Bangkok in October

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.

17 thoughts on “Tourists are NOT being urged to avoid Bangkok in October

  • May 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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    What kind of politics is going on with such regular false news ? Why no one is punished for such false news ?

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  • May 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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    “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.

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    • May 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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      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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      • August 29, 2017 at 5:25 am
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        Any news or changes with traveling to Bangkok end of Oct 17 you know of?

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        • August 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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          Nothing concrete yet about restrictions

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          • September 11, 2017 at 8:17 am
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            What is the latest new on visiting the Grand Palace for those of us living in Thailand during the months of September?

          • September 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm
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            You can still visit during September and most of October.

          • October 5, 2017 at 4:01 am
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            Received a message today that the bus that was suppose to transport us 25 October from Siem Reap to Bangkok will not be doing that route….
            “We would like to inform that Giant Ibis Transport operation between Siem Reap Bangkok will be closed from 25-29 of October 2017 due to announcement of Thai official which not allow to have any traffic in many main roads in Bangkok. This will be not allowed our bus to operate in Bangkok in these 3 days”
            Thus the information not entirely false……we will now be stuck in Cambodia!! With flights leaving from Bangkok on the 26th October!

          • October 5, 2017 at 5:59 am
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            Thanks for letting me know.

  • September 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm
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    Hi Richard, yours seems to be the only rational advice on this issue I’ve read (booked a trip for the 23-30 Oct and travel agent neglected to mention the cremation to us). Both in our 30’s and not out for wild parties when in BKK but do you think there is a chance of an alcohol ban at any time during the ceremonies?

    Also is it safe to assume the grand palace will be closed on the 24th as well?

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    • September 21, 2017 at 6:55 pm
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      Yes and yes. I will be posting a blog about this on the front page tonight.

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  • September 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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    HI,

    Anyone can suggest me, I planing to travel 24Oct – 28Oct. Any restriction for particular period.

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    • September 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm
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      Please read the latest blog updates on the front page.

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      • October 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm
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        Hi Richard, I can’t locate the latest blog. Whats the heading or cud you please paste the link here? Thanks.

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        • October 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm
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          I am not sure what exactly you are looking for. But if it is about the Royal Funeral then click here for all the blogs. But all the latest blogs are listed on the front page.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 12:51 am
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    Hi recharged,

    Let me know all the malls will be open on 26th oct.???

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