Road and river closures for King Bhumibol’s funeral in October

During the funeral of the late King Bhumibol from 25-29 October 2017, there will be a number of road and river closures. In addition, there will be road closures in advance during the major rehearsals for the processions. These will take place on 7th, 15th and 21st October. I will be updating this page as and when I get news about this. I will also be working on a map.

The following 18 roads around Sanam Luang will be closed during the rehearsals for the royal funeral on 7th, 15th and 21st October and during the funeral from 25-29 October 2017:

  1. Ratchadamnoen Nai Road (ถนนราชดำเนินใน)
  2. Sanam Chai Road (ถนนสนามไชย)
  3. Lak Mueang Road (ถนนหลักเมือง)
  4. Kalayana Maitri Road (ถนนกัลยาณไมตรี)
  5. Charoenkrung Road (ถนนเจริญกรุง)
  6. Phra Phiphit Road (ถนนพระพิพิธ)
  7. Thai Wang Road (ถนนท้ายวัง)
  8. Maha Rat Road – next to Grand Palace (ถนนมหาราช)
  9. Maha Rat Road – next to Wat Mahathat (ถนนมหาราช)
  10. Phra Chan Road (ถนนพระจันทร์)
  11. Setakarn Road (ถนนเศรษฐการ)
  12. Chetuphon (ถนนเชตุพน)
  13. Phraya Phet Road (ถนนพระยาเพชร)
  14. Na Phra Lan Road (ถนนหน้าพระลาน)
  15. Na Phra That Road (ถนนหน้าพระธาตุ)
  16. Rachini Road (ถนนราชินี)
  17. Phra Arthit Road (ถนนพระอาทิตย์)
  18. Soi Saranrom (ซอยสราญรมย์)

For the first rehearsal on Saturday 7th October, they will close these 18 roads around Sanam Luang from 10:00 pm on the night before. The rehearsal is due to start at about 7:00 am and last until about 1:00 pm. You are allowed to go and watch, but dress in black and carry photo identification. Click here for more information about the processions.

The following 13 roads will be partially closed for “road closure rehearsals” and during the royal funeral on 25th-29th October to make it easy for VIPs to reach the Royal Crematorium site on Sanam Luang. 

  1. Charoenkrung Road (ถนนเจริญกรุง)
  2. Surawongse Road (ถนนสุรวงศ์)
  3. Rama VI Road (ถนนพระราม6)
  4. Phitsanulok Road (ถนนพิษณุโลก)
  5. Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (ถนนราชดำเนิน)
  6. Ploenchit Road (ถนนเพลินจิต)
  7. South Sathon Road (ถนนสาธรใต้)
  8. Sathon Nua Road (ถนนสาธรเหนือ)
  9. Rama IV Road (ถนนพระราม)
  10. Sukhumwit Road (ถนนสุขุมวิท)
  11. Wireless Road (ถนนวิทยุ)
  12. Ratchadamnoen Nai Road (ถนนราชดำเนิน)
  13. Sanam Chai Road (ถนนสนามไชย)

The rehearsal dates haven’t been released yet. However, I just heard that there might be a quick rehearsal of road closures at 10:00 pm on 5th October.


There will be restrictions on boat movement on the Chao Phraya River from Krung Thon Bridge to King Taksin Bridge. The main periods of time are from noon to 9pm on 25th October, from 6am to 11pm on 26th October, and from 8am to 2pm on 27th October.

The Chao Phraya Express Boat will not stop at Tha Chang, Tha Phra Arthit and Tha Rajinee pierstemporarily, but stop at Thewes pier in the northern part of the river and Talad Yodpimarn in the south instead. Ferries operating from Phra Chan Nuea, Maharaj, and Tha Chang piers will use Pinklao pier on the Bangkok side of the river while ferries which operate from Tha Tian pier will use Rajinee pier instead. Tourist boats will use Pinklao pier on the Bangkok side of the river as well as Rajinee pier.



If you have any further questions, please post them in the comments below. Please also follow me on Twitter @RichardBarrow as I will be posting regular updates in the days leading up to the funeral.

12 thoughts on “Road and river closures for King Bhumibol’s funeral in October

  • October 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for the information.
    Thai news on are always slow, late or even wrong just like some events. I hope the cremation will be on time.

  • October 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the info!
    Do you also know until what time these roads will be closed during the rehearsals on 7-15-21 October?

    • October 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Trying to find that out now. Very difficult to get reliable information.

      • October 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm

        What does it mean by sukhumvit will be closed on 7th? Which parts of Sukhumvit road? And timings? Thanks for sharing.

        • October 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

          Sorry, I have no idea. That’s all they said in the official release. Sukhumwit Road is really long. They should have been more specific.

        • October 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm

          I have decided to delete that list of 13 roads for now. It looks like the Thai media have rescinded it and replaced it with a different list of road closures. Like I mentioned, it didn’t really make sense to have roads closed downtown as they are away from the crematorium. I’ll update again if I get any more news.

  • October 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Sir please tell me that chao phraya dinner cruise will be closed on 27th october??

  • October 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Richard,

    FYI, the rehearsal on 15 and 21 October, Larn Luang road and Nakornsawan road aren’t closed (the 2 red line on the right).

  • October 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    My partner has got a flight booked for the 21st Oct,how does he get to the airport with the road closures

    • October 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Bangkok is a massive place. They are not closing literally every road for 24 hours at a time. The airport is not near the funeral site. He will be fine.

  • October 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I need to get to Don Mueng airport on the 27th. Will take BTS from Ekamai to Mochit, am I gonna hit excessively bad traffic at Mochit, or are these closures too far away to cause extra probs that far out? Thx for above info, BTW

    • October 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      This is the day after the cremation. There might be temporary road closures for foreign Royal motorcades returning home.


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