Visiting a Country in Mourning

Oct 22nd, 2016, 10:21 AM
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Visiting a Country in Mourning

"We don't expect you to mourn with us....But If it's not too difficult, please... wear black"

A very heartfelt message to people who worry their vacations to Thailand are ruined:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYjI...ature=youtu.be
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Oct 22nd, 2016, 11:40 AM
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Thanks for posting this, lcuy.
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Oct 22nd, 2016, 01:13 PM
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Thanks, Lucy. We do plan to spend our holidays in Bangkok once again, this time with a New Year trip to Hua Hin. Now I am wondering just how long the wearing of the color black will continue. Is it a 3-month period, or the 1-year mourning period that has been mentioned on another thread?

I have a few items of clothing in black, so I guess I can take those, but I hope I don't stand out too much if I'm wearing something different.....other than black? The last thing I want to do is offend the wonderful Thai people!!
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Oct 22nd, 2016, 01:54 PM
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What a lovely, articulate young man and a reminder of why we love Thailand.
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Oct 22nd, 2016, 03:13 PM
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That was very moving. Thank you so much for posting that.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 03:46 AM
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I might wear a black ribbon out of respect, but hoping that tourists will dress in black is a lttle extreme.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 03:48 AM
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I might wear a black ribbon out of respect, but hoping that tourists will dress in black is a lttle extreme.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 05:54 AM
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Very touching video by a thoughtful young man. Thanks for posting.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 11:11 AM
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I don't think any Spanish teenager will be posting such a nice video when Juan Carlos dies..
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 11:16 AM
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Well, that was an unpleasant segue.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 11:49 AM
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My Danish friend who lives in Bangkok says that nearly everyone is dressed in black. Looks like I have some shopping to do before heading there in December! Wondering just how long this wearing-of-black (or white) will continue.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 12:24 PM
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...meanwhile in Phuket life [apparently] goes on as normal.

Respect comes in many guises, go with what you feel comfortable with.
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 01:11 PM
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Guenmai's friend thought it would be over by Xmas. Besides - when have I ever heard you complain about the need to shop? LOL
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 03:17 PM
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I meant to say I am truly impressed... and I unfortunately don't feel the patriotism here( in Spain) like I am seeing in this young man.

I obviously did not put enough time at ALL into my wording. Sorry. I thought this video was wonderful.. and just made me realize so clearly that not many youth will feel that sorrow and admiration this man does when our previous King finally leaves us.

It is refreshing to see such adoration in a country
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Oct 23rd, 2016, 11:11 PM
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I think I would wear a black ribbon while in Thailand during this time. It's respectful, and convenient enough for tourists like us, in my opinion.
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Oct 24th, 2016, 07:47 PM
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Thanks for your reminding. But, how long will Thailand wear black? in whole the one-year mourning period? I'll wear black in my next trip in Thailand.
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Oct 24th, 2016, 09:18 PM
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Lincasanova, thank you for clarifying. The short version was a bit of a shock. Yes, I've always thought the feeling for the king remarkable. The world could use more of it. Love.
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Oct 25th, 2016, 12:28 AM
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My best Thai friend just e-mailed me again yesterday and mentioned again about the wearing of black and white. So, I'm still reworking my wardrobe. She had also e-mailed me right after The King had passed and had also mentioned it. She said that one can also wear a black arm band, but that even if the clothing colors aren't black and white, then dark colors. The wearing of black and white seems that it will go on longer than some had thought as she knows when I arrive.

I'm out with Thai friends and will wear what is accepted and appropriate with them and especially since my best Thai friend is in rather deep mourning. She cried her eyes out when The King's death was announced.

I'll leave all of my usual bright and cheerful colors for the remainder of my vacation in S.E. Asia. So, for the three weeks in Bangkok, I'll tone the colors down and then back to bright colors for the remaining three weeks in S.E. Asia.

Below is a nice link that my Thai friend sent me yesterday. I loved it as I spent nearly my entire childhood and many years after going to Disneyland and was first there in 1957, two years after it had opened. I was a toddler on my first visit and still have the family album photos of that visit and other visits throughout the decades. Those photos below, bring back a lot of great memories.

http://disneyandmore.blogspot.com/20...lyadej_13.html

Carol, if we see each other in Bangkok, we might be looking like twins, dressed in black.

Lucy, I just got home, after midnight yesterday from Honolulu. Flew my mom over for her birthday. I'll try flying back over in 2017 so that you/husband, the group, and I can do dinner again.

Happy Travels!
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Oct 25th, 2016, 10:04 PM
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http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...in-bangkok.cfm

Happy Travels!
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Oct 27th, 2016, 12:43 PM
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His majesty king of Thailand is the heart of Thai people. If you give a bit of time to know why Thai people love him much more. You'll understand that reason.

For a mourning for this period time take to 1 month from his passed away after that everything will running normal. You don't worry. and for the black dress as possible as if you go to the temples or the palace that show you make respect to my King and also appropriate decorum. Some bar and disco in Bangkok or other attraction around Thailand are open normal but not make the loud sound.

Warm welcome to Thailand Guys.
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