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  1. Oana
    October 21, 2016 @ 6:29 am

    Even if they are in a mourning mood, I am not going to cancel my trip, Thailand – here I come !!!!

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 7:16 am

      I hope you have a lovely trip despite the difficult time the country is going through! It’s an incredible place

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  2. Tracy Collins
    October 21, 2016 @ 7:51 am

    We will still be visiting Thailand. I think some of the media reports of tourists complaining that their holiday has been ruined are so disrespectful. We will respect the traditions of the country and the Thai people.

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 9:11 am

      Tracy, spot on. I’ve actually been shocked at some of the things that people have said online. To dilute Thailand to partying and drinking is not right. I’m glad you’re still planning to visit!

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  3. Angie Briggs
    October 21, 2016 @ 7:57 am

    Thank you for taking the time to write this post and provide such valuable information. I appreciate that you obviously love Thailand and respect it’s people, this is the correct message that should be heard so well said! I will sill continue with my visit and will heed your advice 🙂

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 9:12 am

      Thanks Angie. Yeah, I think it’s pretty clear how much I love that country. I would be very interested to hear of your experiences in the coming months!

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  4. Kelly Turpin
    October 21, 2016 @ 8:41 am

    Hey Lexx! Great info and very important for people to realise it is not as restricted as they may think. Alcohol sales are definitely back! We are currently anchored at the top of Phuket and a little removed from most of the action. However, we have come into Patong for the weekend – I am currently sitting in a hotel room doing my blogging and social networking, LOL great holiday! – anyhow I intend to get out later to have a dinner and I am interested to see the difference since I was here last (shortly before the kings death). I believe we tourist should respect the mourning period and wear darker colours and less revealing clothes when in certain places i.e. restaurants etc. Still wear your bikini (not you Lexx!) on the beach but definitely do not walk around in it in the main streets or while shopping (which is actually inappropriate at anytime here in Thailand). Another important thing for tourist to really take onboard is DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE KING. I say do not talk about him, or the succession to the throne, because most of us do not know enough to make valuable comments and if we say the wrong thing it can be taken very seriously. Better to just not say anything!

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 9:09 am

      Thanks, Kelly. I think you make some very valid points there and I do agree that it’s better to err on the side of caution with the subject. I was in Thailand at the time of the Bangkok protests in 2014 and there was a lot of instability back then without foreigners getting involved. I’d be interested to hear what the mood is like in Patong, so do let me know!

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  5. Lauren
    October 21, 2016 @ 9:02 am

    Thailand is a great country and your post is very informative and eye opening!

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  6. David
    October 21, 2016 @ 9:34 am

    While I can sort of understand people who visit Thailand to party etc. to be disappointed, it’s still important to respect the local culture. I think it would be a fascinating time to be visiting because you would certainly see a different side to Thai society. I know how much they loved their king so I can understand the seriousness of their mourning period. Insightful post mate.

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 9:40 am

      David, I can understand it to an extent but to vent about it online is different. Respect is important and I agree it will be an interesting time to visit. Thanks for joining the conversation!

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  7. Alexis
    October 21, 2016 @ 11:55 am

    I am living in Cambodia till end of December. Thailand has been on my to do list since I arrived. Definitely still planning to visit hopefully by end of this month! Can’t wait!

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 11:58 am

      You’ll have an amazing time Alexis! Don’t let the recent news put you off! Let me know if you need any advice on where to go!

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  8. Kreete
    October 21, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

    I agree with what you say about travelling there now and that it can provide a unique perspective on the people, their customs and beliefs. I would certainly not cancel my trip because of a “fear” of not having “fun”. It’s all about the cultural experience for me. Great post and will share on pinterest!

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 5:04 pm

      Thank you – I think we have our priorities right! I am definitely planning to go back to Thailand within the next year and I can’t wait!

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  9. Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)
    October 21, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

    Powerful message and good information for people traveling to Thailand and those that are there. I agree be respectful, dress moderately and respect their culture. These are things we should be doing when we travel to other locations but a reminder is so important. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

      Stephanie, you’re right – it IS something we should be doing all the time. I would never want to offend locals with my behaviour and it’s particularly important to show respect at this difficult time.

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  10. Anna Schlaht
    October 21, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

    Spot on. Thank you for writing this post; I hope a lot of people read it. It always makes me sad to see travelers complaining about “ruined vacations” or a lack of fun things to do… Where is the respect? I’m really glad you addressed that in your post and hope people realize that Thailand is an amazing place even when expending extra thoughtfulness toward the locals during their time of mourning.

    Good stuff to know! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 21, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

      Thanks Anna. Definitely felt very strongly about this so very glad that so many people agree. There are many different ways to travel but they all need to promote respect and cultural sensitivity!

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  11. Allison
    October 22, 2016 @ 3:26 am

    Part of traveling to other countries is respecting the culture and way of life. It says a lot about a man who was so revered by his people that they would want to mourn his passing for an entire year. I think it’s the least that tourists can do to pay their respects by not complaining and abiding by the country’s wishes. Yes, we all want to have fun while we’re traveling but we also have a responsibility to be globally aware and reach outside ourselves instead of thinking it’s all about us and our experiences. I love that you brought attention to this.
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    • Travel Lexx
      October 22, 2016 @ 10:43 am

      Allison, I love how you put it. Thailand has been shaped by its monarchy in many ways and it’s important to remember that it’s a huge part of the country’s identity. As you say, the least we can do is respect that. Thanks for your views!

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  12. Lisa
    October 22, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

    Thanks for writing & sharing this post. If I had plans to go there I would not let the changes deter me. Understanding their culture and showing respect to their customs is essential…. anytime.
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    • Travel Lexx
      October 24, 2016 @ 6:34 am

      Thanks Lisa, glad you agree! Thailand is a fascinating country and deserves our respect, especially at this time!

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  13. Garth
    October 22, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

    When we visited Thailand we were impressed how patriotic the Thai people were. When the national anthem was played, everyone stopped, I mean everyone in the streets cars, people, scooters to pay their respects. Your article is spot on, we should always show respect when visiting other countries and culture.

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 24, 2016 @ 6:36 am

      Thanks Garth, yeah when you first experience everyone stopping, it’s incredible! You’re right, we should always show that respect. In an ideal world, this post wouldn’t need to be written!

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  14. Barry
    October 24, 2016 @ 5:09 am

    Interesting post Lexx. I know plenty of Thai people and can only imagine how upset some of the locals will be. However Thai’s are a strong bunch and they will bounce back. Hopefully us boozy Brits will behave and act respectfully!
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    • Travel Lexx
      October 24, 2016 @ 6:39 am

      Thanks Barry. You’re right, they are very resilient and I have only positive things to say about the country. I hope we behave too! Don’t want us getting a bad rap!

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  15. Zophia
    October 24, 2016 @ 5:51 am

    Thailand’s king dying is sad thing for the people he has been king for 70 years and looks like he is loved so tourists should be respectful of this, if they respect different customs, people , traditions and are travellers they should understand this. Tourists are safe, they can still go around see the City, eat Thai food and enjoy their while, I see no reason tourists feel they should not visit Thailand now, I agree with you.
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    • Travel Lexx
      October 24, 2016 @ 6:46 am

      Thanks Zophia. Absolutely agree, tourists are safe, can still enjoy themselves but just need to be respectful and understanding – as they always should be!

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  16. Ria (@lifeinbigtent)
    October 24, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

    I agree, in media was many articles about how bad will be to go to Thailand now and etc. But the life is continue – yes, maybe in the beginning some of the places will be closed, something will be canceled but it’s the way to get out of your comfort zone and do something not planned and different 🙂 The main thing – just respect the mourning time and local people.
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    • Travel Lexx
      October 26, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

      Ria, thanks and spot on! The media tends to exaggerate things and this is a good example. From what I hear, many things in Thailand are back to normal!

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  17. Jenn
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:42 am

    This is a great post. You bring up such a relative point – in times of loss and tragedy, the tendency of tourists to refrain from visiting often does more harm than good. It’s important to keep traveling, while being helpful and respectful to the area and it’s people. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 26, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

      Thanks Jenn. We need to support Thailand and its people and doing it through responsible tourism is one of the best ways to do so

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  18. Marcelle Simone Heller
    October 26, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    I was very impressed by the devotion of the Thai people for their king and how much they were struck when he passed away. Thailand has an amazing culture. I’d love to visit but would need to avoid the touristy spots.

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    • Travel Lexx
      October 26, 2016 @ 4:17 pm

      The touristy spots are not for everyone but it’s a beautiful country with amazing people and history. Hope you get to go one day!

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