It has been a very sad time for this country I am very lucky to call my home. As I’m sure many of you will have seen His Majesty King Bhumibol passed away on Thursday having reigned for 70 years. The much-revered king is seen as the father of Thailand and the country is shrouded in grief. We send our sincere condolences to our Thai friends, colleagues and our wonderful adopted country as they grieve the life of a truly inspirational man.
We went out today as, despite what many media outlets outside the country would have you believe, life is carrying on here; malls, cinemas and restaurants are open. Our school was closed on Friday but we will go to work as usual on Monday. The atmosphere today was sombre and quiet with the vast majority of people, Thai and foreign wearing black; nothing out of the ordinary from a usual Saturday* apart from all the mannequins in the shop windows are now also wearing black.
After reading some totally ridiculous articles in a certain British tabloid I did want to say, don’t believe everything you read. That certain tabloid has been Thailand bashing for a very long time and as someone who lives here, I find the majority of what they write 100% BS. I also wanted to reassure anyone about to come on holiday here or thinking of coming that the Thai government are not saying do not come. The British embassy is not saying do not come. The Thai people are certainly not saying do not come. All anyone is asking is that you respect the grief of this nation and act accordingly – you will still have a great holiday.
*I am writing this post at 7.20pm drinking a gin in a bar.