Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on 12 October aged 88, was the world's longest-reigning monarch, having spent 70 years on the throne.
His passing was followed by an official 30 day mourning periodd..
Preparations are under way for King Rama 1X to be cremated towards the end of 2017. Probably in October. In the meantime, all Government officials and many other Thais are respecting a one year mourning period and wearing, for eaxmple, black or white clothing as a mark of respect...
Many Thais have never known another king and they feel his death personally, comparable to the loss of their own father or a family member.
In fact, as expats and foreigners in Thailand, likening this moment to that of a whole nation losing a member of their family can go someway in to trying to understand the grief the people of Thailand are feeling right now.
If you are a tourist just arrived in Thailand or even if you are a long time expat, at the very least you should at all times be respectful and mindful during this time.
Make sure you are dressing appropriately at all times.
The weekend following the announcement of the passing of HM the King, many bars and nightclubs in major tourist locations were closed. All are now open and operating normally and music is allowed...
What to say, (and more importantly) what not to say
This is something to take very seriously.
Thailand’s lese majeste laws are some of the strictest in the world and prohibit any insults or criticism of the monarchy.
If you are found to be insulting a member of the royal family, regardless of how innocent or jovial you think your comments are, you could be sent to jail for a very long time. Thailand’s lese majeste laws also apply to anything you post online or on social media, so please bare this in mind when making comments..
It is also advisable to refrain from entering into any conversation about politics now and over the coming months.
That said, as a foreigner in Thailand, don’t feel that you can not offer your condolences to Thai people, in fact this should be encouraged.