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Bangkok’s Grand Palace Closed for Visitors this October

Dear friends and business partners

The Thailand government has officially announced Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple will be closed from 1 until 29 October 2017 inclusive in observance of the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On 26 October, all water ways along the Thonburi Klongs will also be closed and no dinner cruises will be operated.

This highly-important event for the Thai nation will see the area around the Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang (Royal Fields) completely sealed off for the public. The official cremation date is confirmed for 26 October 2017, a public holiday for the whole country in order to allow His subjects time to join the mourning of a great leader. All our Thailand offices will be closed on the 26th of October as well but our operational and customer service teams will be working to guarantee the quality of our services.

Asian Trails Thailand will also ensure that any pre-booked Grand Palace visit by customers will be replaced by a suitable alternative during this period. It is also recommendable to inform your customers that the area around the Grand Palace may see revised traffic conditions, particularly the week leading up to 26 October 2017 and just afterwards. Changes in operation may take place on spot to accommodate any blocked roads around the Grand Palace in the days and weeks leading up to the cremation ceremony.

Note that these disruptions might also affect any tours in the vicinity of the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, including the visit of the Wat Po temple complex. The Royal Household Bureau announced that both venues would reopen for visitors on October 30th.

We count on your understanding and informing your clients before their departure.

For any further inquiries, please contact your Asian Trails sales manager directly or email us at

Kind regards

Asian Trails Thailand

One Response

  1. Karla Figarola


    My family and I have a scheduled trip to Bangkok on October 21-25, 2017. I have recently been informed that the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew will be closed for the month of October. What does this mean for us who want to visit the Grand Palace and other temples in Bangkok? Will the whole Grand Palace complex be closed to the public? Or will it only close specific areas inside the complex?

    Please let us know so we could update our itinerary as necessary. Thank you!