Thai officials have confirmed the schedule of public holidays and ceremonial rites for the lead up to the cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The cremation ceremony for the much loved king will take place at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang Park on the 26 October 2017.
King Bhumibol passed away on the 13 October 2016. The 13 October was designated an annual public holiday earlier this year in memory of the king. King Bhumibol Memorial Day is not a religious holiday and the government says entertainment venues are allowed to open, but need to keep it low-key and ensure music volume is turned down.
On the 25 October, preparations for the royal funeral in Bangkok will begin. Chiang Mai, like many provincial capital cities in Thailand, is building its own model of the funeral pyre. The Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre is the venue for the royal funeral ceremony on the 26 October. Chiang Mai’s municipal authorities are laying on free transport to the centre from locations including Chiang Mai Airport and Chiang Mai Railway Station.
Drivers and motorcyclists have been advised to avoid the outer ring road near the Convention and Exhibition Centre. Like the 13 October, bars and restaurants have not so far been ordered to close on either the 25 or 26 October. On the three days, plus Chulalongkorn Day on the 23 October, bank branches, provincial immigration offices, post offices and Thai government offices will be closed.