After the sad death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13th 2016 Thailand entered an official 1 year period of mourning. This is an especially sensitive time for the people of Thailand, and a time when visitors must take in to account the circumstances and be duly respectful.
There are understandably a lot of tourists worried about what impact the death of The King will have on Thailand’s tourist industry, and specifically their own vacation plans. Initially there was a lot of false information such as “all entertainment venues in Thailand to be closed for 30 days” circulating the web.
If you are visiting Pattaya I can tell you those rumors are far from the truth. After the initial closing of entertainment venues in Pattaya following the announcement of the King’s death, life is now pretty much back to normal. From the 13th October there is an initial 30 day mourning period. During that period entertainment venues including nightclubs and bars must not play live music, any music played must be muted, no special functions will take place including parties. Basically the nightlife scene will continue to operate but in a toned down manner.
Behave Respectfully During The Mourning Period
The Tourism Authority of Thailand have published a helpful guideline for visitors to Thailand during the mourning period. It states that though most Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing, it is not a requirement of tourists. But they do ask that you dress in a sombre, respectful way. You can get a live view of how people are dressing in Pattaya right now on this street cam via Pattayastreetcams.com, please take in to consideration the time of day.
Swimwear: Personally, I would advise you to dress modestly if you visit a beach predominantly populated by Thais. I have read reports that traditional swimwear is acceptable at beach resorts in Phuket, so I would imagine it will be at a beach resort in Pattaya. I would also advise you to ask the resort or hotel management if it is acceptable.
Be discrete and polite: You must remember Thai people have a deep admiration for their King and the Royal Family, they feel the loss on a very personal level. You must behave appropriately and respect their feelings at all times.
Cancelled Events in Pattaya
3 major Pattaya high season events have been cancelled, those are Loy Krathong, International Fireworks Festival, and the New Year celebrations.
Business as Usual in Pattaya
Banks, hotels, restaurants, transport services, tourist attractions and all other businesses remain open for business.
Should You Still Come to Pattaya
I suspect many people might choose to stay away, but there’s no need to cancel your holiday plans. Life goes on, it’s just as it was but a little toned down, which in all honesty might not be bad thing.
Updated Current Situation in Thailand
I will do my best to keep this page updated should there be any significant changes in Pattaya. Meanwhile, anybody looking for current updates about the general situation in Thailand, I recommend you take a look at Richard Barrow’s blog