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NEWS FROM THAILAND !

 

News from Thailand!

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It is with sincere sadness that we bring to you this important announcement:

At 7 pm on the 13th October 2016 a public announcement was made on Thai broadcasting services that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej had passed away at the age of 88 years. This news has been received with great sadness by the Kingdom of Thailand and the free world.

Upon hearing the news of the King’s death, U. S. President Barrack Obama said, “His Majesty the King was a close friend of the United States and a valued partner of many US presidents.  I had the honor of calling on His Majesty the King during my visit to Thailand in 2012, and recall his grace and warmth, as well as his deep affection and compassion for the Thai people.”Government officials in Thailand have announced a 30-day national mourning period, effective immediately.  Over the next 30 days public celebrations, as well as some services and entertainment activities will be limited.

All airports and public transportation throughout the country are operating normally. If you currently have clients in Thailand, our ground operations staff will inform them of any necessary changes to their scheduled plans.

The closures announced to date are:

  • The Grand Palace will be closed from today until 20 October 2016 (at the earliest)
  • The October 17th Full Moon party on Koh Phang Ngan has been cancelled.
  • Some tourist shows such as Samphran Riverside cultural show will be closed for the current period plus some international pop concerts have been cancelled.
  • Most shops, hotels and restaurants are operating as normal, but many bars and numerous nightlife spots will either be temporarily closed or be forced to restrict their entertainment offers for the foreseeable future.

This is a time of heavy sadness for the Thai people.  The general reaction in Thailand is calm and sober.  We ask all guests to dress and act respectfully during the national mourning period. Thai people will be wearing black and white clothing during this period, but this is not required for visitors, however, respectful dress and demeanor will be appreciated.

There will be a need for some adjustments of tour plans, but we will do our best to limit any inconvenience to your clients while in Thailand.

If you have questions regarding future bookings for your clients, please call us at 866-501-7477.