October 26 marks the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and will be observed as a national holiday.
Bangkok will be the center of the funeral activities, with foreign dignitaries arriving from around the world to pay their respects alongside thousand of Thai people and local residents. Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace will be the focal point for the funeral observations.
Read more about the details of the funeral week in the IVL article published earlier this month.
IVL wishes to answer questions recently asked by villa guests regarding the funeral and cremation of an important figure for Thai people.
Starting at 9:00 a.m. at Wat Plai Laem an event will be held to honour the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Villa guests are welcome to attend but must take note of the expected funeral protocol; wear black or dark colored modest clothing and pay attention to how Thai people behave and follow suit.
To confirm, yes, these will be somber times for Thai people but visiting Thailand is not discouraged. The respect shown to the late King and the Royal family is humbling to see and will remind you of the spirit of the Thai people.
R.I.P. His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Facts, figures and quotes from Bangkok Post