Thai Government Offices to Close for Chakri Day National Holiday

On Monday the 8th of April 2019, all government and public service agency offices in Thailand will be closed. The day is a substitution day for the previous Saturday, the 6th of April, which is Chakri Day. Chakri Day celebrates the foundation of the Royal House of Chakri in 1782 by Thailand’s King Rama I.

Rama I, also known as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok, was the first monarch in the ruling royal dynasty of Chakri. Current Thai King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is the tenth Chakri monarch and is styled Rama X. Although low-key parades mark Chakri Day in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and other cities in Thailand do not usually lay on special events.

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The only difference for most tourists will be that full-service banks, post offices and government offices won’t be open. Bank sub-branches at shopping centres and the like, immigration checkpoints, and even bars and other hospitality venues will open as normal. Unlike most of the other annual holidays on Thailand’s calendar, and on recent election days, there is no ban on the purchase of alcohol.