Full List of tourist attractions, shops and other places closed on 26 October 2017

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: 21st 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
  • KFC will close their stores at 3pm and delivery service at 1:30pm
  • Starbucks will close the majority of their stores 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
  • Maxvalu Supermarket and Maxvalu Tanjai will close early at 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)
  • Siriraj Museum (Bangkok) will be closed from 23-27 October
  • Jim Thompson House will close all day
  • Madame Tussauds (Bangkok) will close at 4pm
  • 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)
  • Jesada Technik Museum (Nakhon Pathom) will close all day
  • The Film Museum (Nakhon Pathom) will close all day
  • Vana Nava Hua Hin will be closed 24-26 October
  • Santorini Park Waterventures will be closed all day
  • Santorini Park will close early at 5pm
  • 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, MBK, Paradise Park, Central Plaza Rama II, Emporium, EmQuartier, Fashion Island, Pata Pinklao and Siam Paragon are all open as normal on 26th October 2017. Pizaa Hut and Pizza Company will remain open.

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.

87 thoughts on “Full List of tourist attractions, shops and other places closed on 26 October 2017

  • October 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    on day 26 Ayutthaya will be ok for tourists?
    I would like to go by train on this day of Bkk, would it be a good idea?

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    • October 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm
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      Should be fine. But the railway station will be crowded with people going the opposite direction to you.

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      • October 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm
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        how do I get to ayutthaya from don muang airport sir Richard?

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        • October 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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          You could cross the road to Don Mueang station and catch a train there.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm
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    If too many shops close, foreigners better not attend the funeral or visit Bangkok on Oct 26th.
    I have bought air tickets, not sure whether to go or not now.
    It is expected a million people will attend the funeral now and surely most will be for the cremation. I wonder how can people get home that night if trains and buses don’t run till the next morning.

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  • October 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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    Is all this restricted to Bangkok or other parts too? We’re booked for Phuket 26th to 29th. How much would that be affected?

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    • October 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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      Nothing of this magnitude has happened before and so we don’t really know exactly what will happen. I am updating this page as and when news comes out of closures. So far it is not widespread and mainly limited to Bangkok. My gut feeling is that you will be fine.

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  • October 7, 2017 at 12:06 am
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    Thank you for keeping tabs on this in a coherent manner. Would you imagine it will affect incoming/outgoing immigration or transit?

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  • October 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm
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    It’s small beans but Rawai Park (kid’s park) in Phuket is closed on the 26th. 🙂

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    • October 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm
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      Thanks. Where did you see that as there’s nothing on their Facebook page?

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  • October 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm
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    Hi, will the attractions in huahin be affected on 26 October?

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  • October 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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    Hi, will the attractions in hua hin be affected on 26 October?

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    • October 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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      I am trying to find out. Some will close that day to allow their employees to go and pay respect at the funeral ceremony.

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  • October 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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    will nightlife entertainment still be operating from 23rd october to 30th october?

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    • October 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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      There is no official ban so far, but I do know that entertainment venues have been asked to suspend activities from 13th to 27th October. What that means exactly, we don’ know. At the moment, I am only sure that bars will be closed and no alcohol served on 26th October. The royal cremation takes place that night. As for other days, we just don’t know for sure yet. Still waiting.

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    • October 16, 2017 at 4:12 pm
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      Roger show littel respect for king if u most drink go home do that there

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    • October 9, 2017 at 11:43 pm
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      Thanks. Just this second updated the page. You will see if you refresh 🙂

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  • October 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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    Hi Richard,

    What about SF Cinemas? Will it close too?

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    • October 11, 2017 at 8:28 am
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      No announcement from them yet. But I suspect they will close. They closed the day the King died.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    Hi, will the shopping malls or street shopping night markers be close on 27 Oct?

    I’ll be in BKK between 26 Oct and 29 Oct.

    Thank you!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm
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      As mentioned above, the closure of malls are only on 26 October. One day.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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    Is it safe to visit Coral island in the morning hours on 26th Oct. We are planning 9am and back by 3pm in pattaya

    Will alcazar open on 25th ? I have already booked

    Booked Nong Nooch on 27th. Then we have Bkk from 28th till 31st

    Please advice

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    • October 16, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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      26th October is the only day where you might find shows, shops and some tourist attractions closed. Other days you will be fine. As for Coral Island, I would presume you will be fine visiting in the morning.

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      • October 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm
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        Thanks a lot Richard.
        Appreciate your efforts in getting these info in a page.

        Just a confirmation again on the Coral island on 26th. A little hesitant if speed boats or ferries stop abruptly in noon n we ll b struck.

        Please do confirm again of you get a confirmed news on this !

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        • October 17, 2017 at 5:52 am
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          If you go on a speedboat tour, they won’t just abandon you. If you go on the ferry, there will be a notice to say if they will close early.

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  • October 17, 2017 at 7:50 am
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    May you suggest where to have lunch n dinner on 26th Oct since most shops are close on that day. Will be arriving around 3pm.
    Thank you.

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    • October 17, 2017 at 7:52 am
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      As noted above, a number of large shopping malls will open as normal on 26 October. For example, CentralWorld. Plus I’m sure your hotel will be serving food.

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  • October 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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    Hi, what about the rehearsal day on the 21st? I’ll be in Bangkok that day, does it affect in any way?

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    • October 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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      Not unless you are planning on visiting Khao San Road or Sanam Luang. Downtown Bangkok shouldn’t be affected as it is connected by the skytrain and metro.

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  • October 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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    Hi Richard, thank you so much for keeping us informed! Do you have any sense of whether transport from airport to thong lor could be affected on the 25th or 26th? And also car traffic away from Bangkok in any of these days? Thanks!

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    • October 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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      Yes, I suspect there will be lane/road closures from the airport as many VIPs will be attending the ceremony. I’m afraid they don’t release this kind of information in advance for security reasons. Outside of Bangkok things should be fine.

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  • October 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm
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    hi , will be travling to pattaya on the 18th October and spend some time there , but thinking of traveling to siem reap on the 25th , will border control be open ?

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  • October 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm
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    All Dean & Deluca Stores in Bangkok Except at Suvarnabhumi Airport will close on 26 October at FYI Center, Sathorn Square, Park Ventures and All Season Place all day and Mahanakorn Cube, Central Embassy, Emquartier, The Crystal, Bluport close 14:00.

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  • October 18, 2017 at 3:52 am
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    What about of MBK, its will be closed?

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  • October 18, 2017 at 7:19 am
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    All KFC Fast Food Restaurants will close on 26th October at 15:00 PM.

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  • October 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    On October 26th: According to the Pattaya Mail, Pattaya will close some roads for 3 hours and open 25 parking lots for mourners attending the city’s mirror royal cremation ceremony at Chaimongkul Temple. Road closures will begin at 9am to allow mourners to pay respects and lay flowers on Banglamung District’s scale replica of the huge funeral pyre in Bangkok.

    This will effect several roads, especially around South Pattaya and Wat Chaimongkul. And I expect traffic chaos as per usual. There is a map in Pattaya Mail (13/10/2017) which can probably be found online. Also an article about the scale model which has been created.

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  • October 19, 2017 at 6:22 am
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    Hello! Would you know if Ayutthaya will be close on October 26? Thank you.

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    • October 19, 2017 at 6:27 am
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      It’s a city, you know! If you’re talking about the historical park, then yes it will be open. But national museum will be closed as it’s a public holiday.

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  • October 19, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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    Will petrol garages be open on the 26th?

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    • October 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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      Yes, and in fact one will sell petrol at 1.5B/liter cheaper. Bang Chak if I remember right.

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  • October 19, 2017 at 9:48 pm
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    Hi
    I’m travelling on 26 9 pm from suvarnbhumi airport to my hotel centara grand at central world. Will the traffic be ok?

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    • October 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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      Sorry, impossible to predict. In theory should be fine but that area has two big events for the cremation most of the day and then at 10pm. In fact, there’s one in front of CentralWorld.

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  • October 21, 2017 at 7:18 am
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    Hi,
    Do you know The Venezia Hua Hin,PlearnWan Hua Hin, Chatchai night Market Hua Hin will open on 26 & 27 Oct?
    Many thx!

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    • October 21, 2017 at 7:19 am
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      I haven’t heard specifically yet, but they might close all day or close early in mid-afternoon. As for the market, other night markets are closing as the cremation is at 10pm. I will try and confirm.

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      • October 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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        Thank you for sharing your information and experience

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  • October 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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    I will travel to pattaya at 27th october for 7 night.Could you please give me some information about tourist activities
    bars,clubs,disco,walking street and alcohol sales.
    information about open or close These,
    At the time of our stay in pattaya.
    Kind regards.
    Thank you Richard.

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    • October 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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      Tourist attractions will be open as normal. Probably can find alcohol. But there won’t be any loud entertainment until the end of the month.

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      • October 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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        so nightclubs and walking strret closes
        At this time?

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        • October 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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          They’ve been asked to tone down entertainment. And keep it behind closed doors. It’s up to each establishment as to whether they close or not for the funeral ceremony. But on the actual cremation night on 26 October I am sure they will all close.

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          • October 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm
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            I had a cominication with mixxdisco pattaya.they sayed open on 27th october.

  • October 22, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    Pardon me. On 25th (Prayer day) everything will be working as per normal right?

    Thanks in advance!

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    • October 22, 2017 at 5:10 am
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      Depends on what you are looking for. But yes, that main list is only for 26th October. Shops and tourists attractions closing on that day will re-open on 27 October. However, entertainment venues have been asked to turn down the music until the end of the month.

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  • October 22, 2017 at 10:51 am
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    Hi Richard,
    Hope you are doing well .
    We will be coming to pataya on 25,so the public transport i.e bus services will be active on that day ? As per latest update from tourism ministry they are advising that only bangkok place will get affected rest all will be open is it true ?

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    • October 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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      Not exactly true. Yes, it’s mainly Bangkok, but entertainment venues across Thailand have been asked to tone things down and lower the music. There will be no outdoor entertainment anywhere that week. But public transportation is working as normal.

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  • October 22, 2017 at 11:08 am
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    Hi will platinum mall be open during 26th? pratunam market, chatuchak market or other markets in general will the operate as usual from 27-29th?

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    • October 22, 2017 at 11:10 am
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      Also will bus from don muang airport to bts mo chit run as usual ? or they’ll be road closures to restrict that.

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      • October 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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        Yes running as normal. But there might be diversions for road closures depending on where they are going. Near the airport there will be temporary closures for motorcades.

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    • October 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm
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      You will have to presume that shops will either close all day on the 26th or close early. From midnight everything is open as normal. It’s only one day closure.

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  • October 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    Good day sir Richard, If I may just ask, I’m doing a day tour of ayutthaya from kualalumpur. So basically, i will be arriving at don muang airport at around 8am, and my flight is at 6pm in the afternoon. Do you think its safe to push through with ayutthaya? and whats the quickest way to and from ayutthaya? thank you sir. godbless.

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    • October 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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      If I remember right, the train is two hours and a bus is one hour. I personally wouldn’t risk it unless I had my own transport. But it is doable.

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      • October 23, 2017 at 6:08 am
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        Thank you sir. And lastly, I wanna ask if I can just get an uber to and from ayutthaya? Or they dont usually travel that far?

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        • October 23, 2017 at 6:12 am
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          They don’t travel that far. If you have the cash to spare then ask a taxi driver how much for the day to Ayutthaya. People do that sometimes.

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  • October 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm
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    Hi,
    Do they close wat pho as well? We tried to get there from pratunam but taxi drivers said it’s closed after 3 and can’t go by normal route.we r leaving on 24th evening

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    • October 22, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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      It has never closed so far though it will on the 26th. Taxi driver was trying to scam you. Though you shouldn’t go too late in the day.

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  • October 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm
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    Hi Richard, I am planning to visit Bangkok from the 28th of October to the 1st of November. Do you think it is appropriate? Will I face any circumstances during my holiday?

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      • October 23, 2017 at 7:47 am
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        In this case, which area of accommodation would you recommend for first time tourist in Bangkok?

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        • October 23, 2017 at 9:26 am
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          Anywhere along the Skytrain or MRT route is good. Like along Sukhumwit.

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  • October 23, 2017 at 9:00 am
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    Is IKEA at BangNa open or closed on October 26?

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  • October 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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    Do you know if Sukhothai Historical Parc will be closed? Thanks!

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  • October 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm
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    Hello, do you know if Chinatown restaurants and night markets will be closed on the 26th?
    We are staying at the Peninsula, do you think we will have any trouble getting around with the traffic. We don’t plan to go anywhere near the cremation site. Thank you for your time .

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    • October 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm
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      It might be best to eat in your hotel that evening. Many places and markets are closed on the evening of 26th October. The Peninsular has a free shuttle boat to BTS Saphan Taksin and from there you can use the skytrain and subway network.

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