Dutch urge holidaymakers in Thailand to respect officials after king’s death

Coins of ThailandThe Dutch foreign ministry has revised its travel advice to Thailand following the death of king Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The ministry is urging travellers to follow the instructions of people in official positions carefully and to respect the limits on public life during the official period of mourning. According to the BBC, this includes a ban on ‘entertainment functions’ for one month.

Holidaymakers should also refrain from taking part in discussions about the royal family, the Dutch foreign ministry said.

Foreign minister Bert Koenders had just arrived in Bangkok for meeting between the Asean countries and EU when he was told of the king’s death.

The king was ‘a very respected and much loved monarch who has been on the throne for 70 years,’ Koenders said in a statement. ‘He was a symbol of unity and wielded great political influence behind the scenes,’ Koenders said.

The king was seen as having a stable influence in the country which has been hit by political turmoil. Thailand is currently under military rule following a coup in 2014.

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