The royal crematorium is now complete

Road and river closures for His Majesty Late King Bhumibol’s funeral on Thursday, 26th October 2017

The details for Road and River Closures for His Majesty Late King Bhumibol’s funeral on Thursday, 26th October 2017.

All Government & Private sectors will remain closed full day.

All Schools, Colleges and Universities will be closed all day.

All 7-Eleven convenience stores will close from 2:30 pm to midnight

All Central department stores, except CentralWorld and Central Plaza Rama II, will close early at 3pm

All Robinson department stores will close early at 3pm

The Mall department stores will close early at 3pm

HomeWork and Index Living Mall will be closed all day

The majority of banks will close for the day including branches in shopping malls

All post offices and their post shops will close all day

Tesco Lotus (all 1,900 stores nationwide) from 2pm

Major Cineplex (all 119 cinemas nationwide)

Dream World (Bangkok)

Safari World (Bangkok)

Siam Niramit (Bangkok)

Siam Park City (Bangkok)

Dinosaur Planet (Bangkok)

Liab Duan Night Market (Bangkok)

Bangkok City Library (Ratchadamnoen, Bangkok)

Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC)

Thailand Knowledge Park (CentralWorld, Bangkok)

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Isetan department store (CentralWorld, Bangkok)

Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl (Bangkok)

Rawai Park (Phuket)

Siam Niramit (Phuket)

Burapha University’s Eastern Center of Art and Culture (Chonburi)

Space Inspirium (Chonburi)

Flight of the Gibbon (Chonburi)

Alcazar Carbaret (Pattaya)

Tiffany’s Show (Pattaya)

KAAN Show (Pattaya)

Tuxedo Illusion Hall (Pattaya)

Please note, Central World, Central Plaza Rama II, Emporium, EmQuartier and Siam Paragon are all open as normal.

Thailand prepares to bid final farewell to revered late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand is preparing to bid a grand final farewell for the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, as officials said that an ‘uncountable’ number of people including architects, artisans, craftsmen and volunteers are working day and night to build ‘heaven’ on earth.

The Thai word used for death of a monarch means going to heaven, therefore the Royal Crematorium was built to symbolise the place where the revered king’s soul is now residing.
King Bhumibol died last October aged 88 and his body was laid in-state in a gold hall at the palace.

The royal funeral that will take place starting October 25 will be a mix of Buddhist religious ceremonies and Hindu Brahmin rituals.
For most Thais, this would be their first experience of a royal funeral for a monarch.

Builders have been working for months on a royal crematorium that was built from scratch on a field in front of the palace. Soldiers have frequently rehearsed their roles in carrying the royal urn to a chariot and pacing their marches for a royal that would be televised nationwide.

The funeral will be steeped in ancient Thai traditions as well as the pomp and circumstance that befits a monarch, said Tongthong, but it will also be a very modern funeral with higher participation from the public than for previous Thai kings.
Many Thais have joined as volunteers to make sandalwood flowers which will be handed out to the public to offer to the king on the cremation day. In Thai tradition, it is believed that the fragrance of sandalwood will lead the soul of the deceased to heaven.

King Bhumibol, who reigned over the country for 70 years, was widely seen as a father figure and regarded as the nation’s moral compass during decades of political turbulence including several coups, bloody street protests and a region-wide 1997/98 financial crisis.

He was succeeded in December by his only son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, known as Rama X, who has since overseen a shake-up at the palace to give himself greater authority. A quarter of a million people are expected to attend the cremation, according to the government.

Information related with the Royal Funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, during the period 25th to 29th October 2017

We wish to share with you some important information related with the Royal Funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, during the period 25th to 29th October 2017. Please note that the following information has been taken from some media article and therefore, we encourage you to cross check everything from your end as well.

 

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

The royal funeral will take place from 25th to 29th October 2017.
The actual cremation ceremony will take place on Thursday 26th October.
13th October is a new public holiday marking the death of King Bhumibol. This will take place every year from now onwards. (UPDATED)
26th October has been declared a public holiday so that people can attend the funeral. This is a temporary holiday for this year only (UPDATED)
People can go to the Grand Palace to pay last respects until 5th October. The palace will be open 24 hours a day. (UPDATED)
There will be rehearsals for the royal procession at SanamLuang on 7th, 15th and 21st October. It is not confirmed, but you should be able to take photos of this. But please dress respectfully (UPDATED)
The royal crematorium on SanamLuang will be open to the public from 1st to 30th November, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS and ACTIVITIES:

The Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be CLOSED to the public, including tourists, from 1st to 29th October 2017. It will re-open on 30th October.
There will be no Muay Thai fights during October at Rajadamnern Stadium
TK Park at Central World will close on 26 October
Ananta Samakom Throne Hall and Vimanamek Teak Mansion are closed until further notice
Paruskawan Palace and The Police Museum are closed from 1st to 31st October.
There will be no steam train trip on 23rd October 2017

As far as I know, everything else in Bangkok is open as normal during October. This includes Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha) and Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple). Shopping malls and weekend markets will be open too, but there will be no outdoor entertainment. Come back for updates.

UPDATE: This is not a tourist attraction, but Tesco Lotus, a big supermarket chain, has just announced they will close all 1,900 stores at 2pm on 26th October in order to allow their 63,000 employees to pay last respects to the late King Bhumibol. This is potentially huge as other businesses will surely follow. Will this include shopping malls and tourist attractions?

TRANSPORTATION:

All buses, trains and airplanes are expected to be running as normal. But in the days leading up to the funeral, expect many people to converge on Bangkok and the area around SanamLuang. They are putting on extra buses, trains and planes, but expect congestion.

The BTS skytrain will be free all day on 26th October. On the 25th and 27th October, only the extensions from On Nut to Samrong, and WongwianYai to Bang Wa will be free.

The BRT bus service from Sathon to Ratchapreuk will be free from 25th to 27th October

The MRT subway will be free all day on 26th October

The Airport Rail Link and the Purple Line will be free on 25th-26th October

The Chao Phraya Express boats and Saen Saeb canal boats will be free on 26 October.

There will be free shuttle boat services from 9am to 4pm on 25th-26th October, and from 10am to 3pm on 27th October. The boat service will go from the Commerce Ministry pier, the Nonthaburi pier and the Rama VIII Bridge pier in the North, and from Sathorn pier and Tha Pimarn pier in the South.

There will be restrictions on boat movement on the Chao Phraya River from Krung Thon Bridge to King Taksin Bridge. The main periods of time are from noon to 9pm on 25th October, from 6am to 11pm on 26th October, and from 8am to 2pm on 27th October.

The Chao Phraya Express Boat will not stop at Tha Chang, ThaPhraArthit and ThaRajinee piers temporarily, but stop at Thewes pier in the northern part of the river and Talad Yodpimarn in the south instead. Ferries operating from Phra Chan Nuea, Maharaj, and

Tha Chang piers will use Pinklao pier on the Bangkok side of the river while ferries which operate from Tha Tian pier will use Rajinee pier instead. Tourist boats will use Pinklao pier on the Bangkok side of the river as well as Rajinee pier.

 

TIMELINE OF FUNERAL:

25th October: A royal merit-making rite will be held to mark the start of the royal cremation ceremonies in the Dusit MahaPrasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace. This will start at 5:30pm and will be broadcast live on all TV channels.

26th October: The body of the late King will be moved from the throne hall to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang where the royal cremation will be held. This will take place at 7am. The cremation ceremony will be from 5:30pm and 10pm. The actual cremation will take place at 10pm.

27th October: Following the cremation, a royal ceremony will be held to collect the royal relics of the late King at the royal crematorium from 8am.

28th October: A royal merit-making rite for the royal relics will be held in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at 5:30pm.

29th October: A royal ceremony will be held to enshrine the royal relics at the Chakri MahaPrasat Throne Hall at 10:30 a.m., and the ashes of the late King will be enshrined at Wat Rajabopit and Wat Bowon Niwet at 5:30pm.

Thailand at third place on world tourism revenue list

Thailand has attained third place in terms of tourism revenue according to 2016-2017 statistics released by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Since 2016, Thailand has earned 1.65 trillion baht or 49.9 billion dollars from tourism, representing a 16.9 percent jump. The country is also ranked ninth in terms of tourist arrivals, with 32.6 million visitors or an 8.9 percent surge.

First and second best performers are USA and Spain which gained 205.9 billion dollars and 60.3 billion dollars from tourism respectively. The other top 10 earners are China, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia.

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Tourism and Sports Minister highlights tourism plan for world heritage site in 4 lower northern provinces

The Minister of Tourism and Sports has highlighted on the cultural world heritage tourism plan for four lower northern provinces, amplifying the local identity to stimulate spending through community-based tourism.

Tourism and Sports Minister Korpkarn Watthanawarangkul has stated that the strategic policy to drive tourism in Thailand is the distribution of tourists.

During her visit to the cultural world heritage development zone in four lower northern provinces including Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphaengphet and Tak, she found that both Thai and foreign tourists were interested in in taking routes through three historical parks from Sukhothai to Kamphaengphet and Si Satchanalai.

The statistics show that the revenue of the four provinces in 2016 totaled 18.114 million baht and 9.675 baht in the first half, up by 5.04 percent over the same period last year and it is likely to grow at the end of this year if tourists stay longer and spend more at world heritage sites and communities.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports also delivered the tourism development policy that will promote the development of local identities and the local way of life. Income distribution from the main cities to other areas will also be emphasized, she said.

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BTS has announced an increase in fares on both the Sukhumvit and Silom lines

Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) has announced an increase in fares on both the Sukhumvit and Silom lines from 15-42 baht to 16-44 baht starting this October 1.

President of BTS Surapong Laoha-anya said today that from October 1, 2017 onward, the company will be increasing the fares on 23.5 kilometers of its rail network. The distance, which includes both the Sukhumvit line from Mo Chit to On Nut and the Silom line from the National Sports Stadium to Taksin Bridge, will see fares increase from 15-42 baht to 16-44 baht. The hike does not extend to additional stations on both lines.

Passengers will now be charged 16 baht for the first station, 23 for the next two and so forth until the furthest station at 44 baht. The 1-3 baht increase will still maintain fares at below the concession cost of 20.11-60.31 baht. The adjustment will also affect 30 day passes with each trip to be 1 baht more.

While the new fares will be introduced on October 1, Rabbit Card users will be able to pay original fares until March 31, 2018. Passengers are encouraged to pick up the cards to enjoy the reduced fares. Senior citizens above age 60 will continue to pay fares reduced by half.

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PM satisfied with Bangkok being named world’s best value tourist destination

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was satisfied with Bangkok being named the best value tourist destination in the world.
The premier acknowledged the survey published on the UK- based The Mirror website conducted by Post Office Travel Money which listed Bangkok as the Number One best value destination in 2017 where tourists spend the least amount of money in return for good quality services compared to other countries, especially on the costs of accommodations, travels to tourist attractions, transportation costs, and meal costs.

The survey shows the average payment made by tourists for a three-day stay in Bangkok amounts to 316.93 pounds, or around 13,700 baht.

Bangkok is also praised for its lively atmosphere full of activities and diverse tourism attractions, especially beautiful temples and the lavish Grand Palace.

The premier said the government had initiated several measures to support tourism policy such as the waiver of visa fee, the extended stay for visitors, the improvement in facilities for tourists, and the eradication of zero-dollar tours.

According to the survey, the 10 popular long-haul city destinations ranging from the least to most expensive for UK visitors are Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Dubai, UAE; Cape Town, South Africa; Singapore; Washington DC, USA; Toronto, Canada; New York, USA; and Boston, USA.

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Commerce Min holds ASEAN-India Expo and Forum enhancing ASEAN-India relation

The Ministry of Commerce has collaborated with various partner organizations to organize the ASEAN-India Expo and Forum, strengthening relations between ASEAN member nations and India.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening ceremony of “ASEAN-India Expo and Forum”, which was held under the theme “Strategic Economic Partnership & Connectivity”.The inter-regional event was attended by high-ranking executives from the public and private sectors in ASEAN nations and India.

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said in her welcoming speech that ASEAN and India are both essential parts of the world economy, adding that cooperation between the two would drive global economic growth. The forum featured a series of networking activities, including one-on-one meetings and activities geared towards young entrepreneurs. The ASEAN-India Expo and Forum is considered an important platform for the regional bloc and the South Asian giant to further their cooperation in the pursuit of mutual growth and prosperity.

The event was organized in celebration of the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India diplomatic relations and also marks the 70th anniversary of Thai-Indian relations. Both the forum and the exposition are admission free to businesspeople and the general public. For more information, please visit www.asean-indiaexpo.com.

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Fried meat with basil leaves and chicken rice popular in Japan

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn disclosed that fried meat with basil leaves and chicken rice has become popular dishes in Japan, according to the JMA Research Institute Inc.’s survey.

The survey was conducted on Japanese housewives aged between 20-70 and found that the top 15 dishes most commonly eaten by Japanese housewives are fried meat with basil leaves and chicken rice.

Japanese people tend to buy more and more semi-finished food and it is good for the operators who wish to expand the Thai food market in Japan, she said.

It is necessary to promote Thai food among Japanese consumers through various channels as it will benefit the entire Thai industry, both ingredient export and semi-finished food.

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