While Thailand is officially in a mourning period in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ministry of Tourism and sports (MOTs) along with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Thai people want to assure foreign visitors and tourists that Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as ever, with cultural attractions and facilities for tourists all in place. Furthermore, most cultural, traditional and MICE events will still go on with some adjustments for appropriateness. Otherwise, it is business as usual with the mourning period having no impact on travel plans and tours.
As part of the strategy to get the message out, Mrs. Kobkarn welcomed ambassadors and diplomats from 34 countries as well as representatives from 10 chambers of commerce to “The Afternoon Tea with the Minister of Tourism and Sports.” This was aimed at spreading the word that “life goes on” in Thailand and that visitors will be welcomed with open arms and all events and festivals are going ahead.
Loi Krathong Festival 2016 will show respect to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Here is the updated list of the Loi Krathong Festival and any changes to planned festivals up and down the country.
Bangkok – At Santi Chaiprakarn Park on 14 November, 2016, from 17.00-22.00 Hrs in the heart of the old city, visitors will learn about the history of Loi Krathong and see performers and characters in traditional Thai costumes.
Chiang Mai – The Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2016 will be held from 12-15 November with the old Tha Phae Gate being the centre of action.
Sukhothai – The Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2016 takes place annually in the Sukhothai Historical Park.
Tak – This year, Tak will organise “Loi Krathong Sai Floating 9,999 Lanterns in Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej” by floating a thread of glittering krathongs made from coconut shells on the river from the banks of the Ping River on 14 November.