Passing away of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Friday 14 October 2016
Though the news may have reached you by now, we have to inform you, with our utmost respect and sympathy for the Thai people, that His Majesty the King of Thailand has passed away.
Students should be aware that this sad event will affect daily life in Thailand and therefore also our students in the country. Please note that tomorrow (Friday) morning, the PIM management team will discuss the protocol and the impact this, as well as the national mourning in this period, may have on businesses, universities and other fields. Stenden colleagues and PIM colleagues are in close contact. Please trust that we will update you on any important information.
For now, please be sure to:
- show the greatest respect for the Thai people who have lost their beloved king and who will be in mourning
- don't wear any bright colours: ideally black/dark/muted colours are the best to wear for at least the coming days
- follow directions from local authorities and adhere to any local regulations
- refrain from organising any festivities and/or joining these
- do not make critical statements and avoid discussions
It is expected that the country will be in mourning for a long time. The standard period would be 30 days, although we need to await more information from local authorities as to what will happen. One thing is certain, though: the loss of The King will impact social life in Thailand and its people, so please be aware about that and act accordingly.
Note that there is no reason for concern. It might be a good idea to have some extra cash in case banks will be closed for several days. We have been in touch with the Dutch embassy in Thailand who informed us the travel advice to Thailand has not changed, other than the general dos and don'ts.