SOME foreign countries have advised their tourists and expatriates in Thailand to exercise caution during the current period when Thais across the country mourn the passing of His Majesty the King.
The British Foreign Office issued a statement advising British tourists in Thailand to ensure proper behaviour during their stay in the Kingdom.
The statement said: “You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time. Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas.
“If possible, wear sober clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.”
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Tourism also urged its citizens in Thailand to obey laws and customs during this period.
The European Association for Business and Commerce informed it members it had decided to postpone a speech dinner with the governor of the Bank of Thailand, originally planned for Monday at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.
It will inform members at the earliest when the function will be held.
Canada also urged its citizens to show respect for the grief of Thais during this time and refrain from any behaviour that may be interpreted as festive, disrespectful or disorderly.
It said government offices, banks and other institutions may be closed or offer limited services in coming days.
Bangkok is expected to see an influx of people from the provinces to attend ceremonies during the mourning period, which could cause traffic disruptions.
Tourists were advised to monitor local media for more information about |possible traffic disruptions and road |closures.
During the mourning period, organisers of entertainment and festive events have been urged to scale things down.
The Thai Hotels Association said many events and meetings planned at hotels would have to be postponed or rescheduled.
A representative of Centara Hotels and Resort said hotels in the group could reset events or celebrations upon client request.
The management and associates of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and The Barai said it had received some requests to postpone bookings from guests from the Bangkok market as well as a few cancellations from government and embassy sectors.
The hotel will waive penalties for guests and clients who need to change their travel plans, as they understand their |concerns and feelings during this mourning period.