As you are probably aware by now, the whole of Thailand has been in mourning for the past year due to the death of King Bhumibol. He passed away on 13th October 2016. His funeral will take place from 25th to 29th October 2017. One year later. So far, there has been no clear guidelines from the government as to what will open and what will close during the funeral. They’ve only said that they want people to refrain from organizing entertainment events during October. But there has been no official ban on this, nor on the sale of alcohol. However, from our experience from last year when the King died, there will most likely be a voluntary ban on the sale of alcohol and the closure of entertainment venues for at least part of the five day funeral. Certainly on the 26th October which is the cremation day. But, the question is, how widespread will this be?
UPDATE: Some major tourist attractions like Safari World and Dream World have announced they will not open on 26th October. Please scroll down for full list.
UPDATED: 18th October 2017 What I will be doing on this page is updating the official news on closures as and when they come in. This way you should be able to gauge for yourself how much will be closed during the funeral. Please contact me or post in the comments below if you hear about any more. Don’t forget to also mention your source.
Most people are asking about bars and clubs. All I can say at the moment is that provincial governors are asking local entertainment venues to “suspend activities from 13th to 27th October”. What that means exactly, we don’ know. For sure there will be no concerts or loud music. But will bars be allowed to serve alcohol? As there is no official ban, you might find some will and some won’t. But what seems certain is that all clubs and bars will be closed on 26th October as the actual cremation is at 10:00 pm that night. I will update here once I hear more.
CLOSURES DURING OCTOBER 2017
- Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It will re-open again on 30th October 2017.
- Ananta Samakom Throne Hall is now closed until further notice.
- Paruskawan Palace and The Police Museum are closed from 1st to 31st October.
- The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan during October is cancelled. As is all other parties on this island.
- There will be no Muay Thai fights during October at Rajadamnern Stadium
- The annual steam train trip on 23rd October has been cancelled out of respect to King Bhumibol.
CLOSURES ON 26TH OCTOBER 2017:
- All 7-Eleven convenience stores, Fresh Mart and True Shops will close from 2:30 pm to midnight
- All Central department stores, except CentralWorld and Central Plaza Rama II, will close early at 3pm
- All Robinson department stores will close early at 3pm
- The Mall department stores will close early at 3pm
- HomeWork and Index Living Mall will be closed all day
- Makro will close early at 3pm
- Villa Market will close at 3pm
- MK Suki will close early at 3pm
- The majority of banks will close for the day including branches in shopping malls
- All post offices and their post shops will close all day
- Tesco Lotus (all 1,900 stores nationwide) from 2pm
- Big C will close all stores from 3pm
- KFC will close their stores at 3pm except stores in Tesco which will close at 2pm and delivery service at 1:30pm
- Major Cineplex (all 119 cinemas nationwide)
- Asiatique is open as normal except for these shows, Joe Louis, Muay Thai Live, and Calypso
- Dream World (Bangkok)
- Safari World (Bangkok)
- Siam Niramit (Bangkok)
- Siam Park City (Bangkok)
- Dinosaur Planet (Bangkok)
- Liab Duan Night Market (Bangkok)
- Bangkok City Library (Ratchadamnoen, Bangkok)
- Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC)
- Thailand Knowledge Park (CentralWorld, Bangkok)
- Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
- Isetan department store (CentralWorld, Bangkok)
- Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl (Bangkok)
- Erawan Museum and Ancient Siam will close early at 3pm (Samut Prakan)
- Rawai Park (Phuket)
- Siam Niramit (Phuket)
- Burapha University’s Eastern Center of Art and Culture (Chonburi)
- Space Inspirium (Chonburi)
- Flight of the Gibbon (Chonburi)
- Alcazar Carbaret (Pattaya)
- Tiffany’s Show (Pattaya)
- KAAN Show (Pattaya)
- Tuxedo Illusion Hall (Pattaya)
All of the above will re-open as normal on 27 October 2017. This is only a one day closure.
Please note, Central World, Central Plaza Rama II, Emporium, EmQuartier, Fashion Island, Pata Pinklao and Siam Paragon are all open as normal on 26th October 2017.
Please also visit: Everything you need to know about the Funeral of King Bhumibol in October
Please bookmark this page as I will update it with news about closures during the funeral as and when it comes in.