Well not actually, but some media outlets are spicing it up proper so it’s worth taking note especially if you are planning a trip to Thailand because authorities have called for a month without entertainment.
88 year old King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away last week and a full year of mourning his death has been announced which includes government alerts that “Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas; if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.”. The famous Koh Phangan Full Moon Party has also been cancelled apparently.
So basically no walking around in flops and neon clothes, getting hammered and visiting ‘massage’ parlours.
Now there are a few
tabloids articles saying alcohol has been banned, but the Thai Tourism Authority website has given the following recommendations.
• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.
• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.
• The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners. [Tourism Authority Thailand]
So bars can still serve booze and shops can still sell it.
There is a local website that’s pretty clued up and updates on what is closed and cancelled etc so go check HERE for more info if you are headed that way.
Now you know.
[pic via Wikipedia]