BANGKOK: — The Tourism Authority of Thailand is moving ahead with plans for a mass candlelight vigil for New Year.

The change in the celebration follows the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13th reports Daily News.

Previous years fireworks have been used after the countdown for the new year but candles will be used to usher in 2017 as it will be more respectful.

TAT director Yuthasak Suphasorn said that he had instructed his deputy to contact business owners in the Rachaprasong area of Bangkok (the RSTA) to find a way to make the celebration work.

He said it was necessary to get this sorted as soon as possible as tour companies needed to make plans well in advance..

Other areas of the capital will follow suit such as at Asiatique and Sanam Luang as well as big upcountry celebrations in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Sukhothai.

The TAT are liaising with all tourist hotspots to put the plans in place.