We thought it was important that we inform our guests of the current situation on Koh Lanta, since sadly, King Bhumibol Adulyadej died this week.
Obviously we are all saddened by his death and the Government has asked for a period of 30 days of quiet reflection.
Many international news agencies are reporting that effectively Thailand has shut down. This is, in fact, just not true, especially for Koh Lanta. To the average tourist, Koh Lanta will appear pretty much as normal, the hotels, bars, restaurants and shops are open as normal. Bars are required to shut at midnight and have been requested to have no parties and loud music during these 30 days.
The Thai Government and their Tourist Association, are asking tourists to respect how their people are feeling and do the following:
1. Refrain from lewd behaviour and dress respectively, especially in temples, palaces etc.
2. Respect that Thai people are in mourning and this is a difficult time for them, so refrain from asking questions about the King.
Apart from that, your holiday should run as normally, you can still drink beer, enjoy great food, go SCUBA diving and sunbathe on the beaches. If you are looking for a bit more action! then Thailand is not right for you for the next few weeks!
If you are unsure or concerned, please contact us directly for more up to date information.
The Mook Lanta Eco Resort Team