Prayers, no fireworks to usher in 2017

The government has promised the upcoming New Year countdown will be “historic” in that the celebrations will mark a departure from the traditional boisterous revelry in favour of a more subdued affair to mourn the late King’s passing. The celebrations, in line with the mourning period of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will see a […]

Police to field hundreds of thousands of officers in tight security effort for New Year holiday

MORE THAN 100,000 policemen will provide security during the New Year Festival from December 31 to January 3, authorities said yesterday. However, national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda said intelligence agencies were not aware of any groups planning attacks during the period. The officers will join Army personnel and administrative officials to staff checkpoints, […]

No New Year’s party on Khaosan Road, say business operators

Despite being Bangkok’s most famous place to party, there won’t be a New Year’s celebration on Khaosan Road this year. Sanga Ruengwattakul, Adviser to the Khaosan Road Business Association, said that the business operators have voted not to hold the Loy Krathong and New Year’s Eve parties this year in order to show respect for […]

No fireworks at New Year – expect candles nationwide, say TAT

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 […]

Sport and tourism events go on

The Tourism and Sports Ministry has confirmed that major tourism and sports events will continue as planned during the year-end holiday season amid the nation’s mourning period. Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and her team recently met ambassadors from 34 countries and 10 foreign chambers of commerce in Thailand to confirm that major tourism […]