Centre Point Mourns the Loss of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adjulyadej
Centre Point Hotels and Serviced Apartments Group joins with the rest of Thailand in grieving the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adjulyadej. Our management and staff are now in period of remembrance of His Majesty and our guests are welcome to express their condolences on the passing of our “Always beloved King” on the book of condolences provided at Centre Point properties. His Majesty was and shall continue to be a guiding light for all of us.
What Visitors Can Expect in Bangkok during the Mourning Period
The government has announced a mourning period for the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, starting from 14 October 2016. The civil servants should wear mourning clothes for a year while the general public are urged to join the mourning for 30 days (14 October – 12 November 2016) or as appropriate. We understand that many people who were planning to visit Bangkok during the coming days and weeks are now uncertain whether or not they should proceed with their plans. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently released a statement acknowledging that Thailand was now in the midst of an official mourning period. However, they also gave assurances that tourists could continue with their travel plans as normal.
In order to help our guests and other potential visitors get a better idea of what to expect in Bangkok during the mourning period, we’re providing the following information and tips:
• Tourism attractions remain open.
The notable exception is that the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) will be closed until 31 October 2016 or further notices, as the funeral rites are being conducted here.
• Many Thai people will be wearing black.
This is a sign of mourning, and it is by no means compulsory. However, visitors can demonstrate solidarity and respect for the people of Thailand during this time of grief by also wearing dark or muted colours if they would like to.
• Thailand remains a safe place to live and visit.
The government has increased security during this period to ensure the safety of locals and visitors, alike.
• Transportation will run as usual.
The BTS sky train, MRT underground and Airport Link Railway will all run according to their usual schedules. Taxis, tuk-tuk drivers and buses will also be available as per usual.
• Most businesses remain open.
This is, of course, up to the discretion of the business operator. Many businesses closed briefly after His Majesty’s passing, though virtually all are back in operation now with the government’s approval.
• Meeting, receptions and other related occasions, including MICE will be taking place as usual.
The events can be held as usual, but may be adjusted in appropriateness as a mark of respect for the mourning period.
• Entertainment will be toned down (but still available).
The government has asked bars, restaurants and nightclubs to voluntarily tone down their entertainment offerings for 30 days (14 October – 12 November 2016). This is likely to mean turning down the volume on music and, in some cases, cancelling music altogether. The government has also explicitly stated that celebrations are allowed – but are asked to be kept indoors.
• Most traditional and cultural events are still scheduled.
We’re coming up on the Loy Krathong festival, which is still being observed in cities around Thailand. However, these may also be toned down, with less loud music and performances, but still portray our national heritage.
His Majesty King Bhumibol: Always Our Beloved King
Tourists and visitors are asked to demonstrate respect for those in mourning, as this is certainly a sombre and trying time for Thai people everywhere. But as you’ll see when you arrive in Bangkok, the warmth of the Thai spirit prevails. As our guests, you are always welcome to visit “the City of Angels” and become a part of our historic moments. While we mourn the profound loss of our King, we also take comfort in his extraordinary life and example. He was truly an inspiration to us all.