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  1. Ryan Lim
    Ryan Lim at |

    Great post Seth.

  2. Markj
    Markj at |

    I was there on the day the King died. I was glad I had some black clothes with me as It allowed me to show respect. I hear things are slowly coming back to normal but I will bring some black clothes when I return in January.

  3. Tim
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    Thank you this post Seth. The timing was perfect.
    Leaving BKK today after 4 days in Phuket and 3 in Bangkok. It has been quite eye opening.
    Both my wife and I have now been thanked, on multiple occasions for wearing black. Yesterday morning we sat down within the walls at the Erawan Shrine. Our good fortune was to meet an quite elderly Thai lady whose command of English was excellent. She asked us about our time in her country and how we were perceiving things. It became quite an interaction that lasted some 30 minutes. Something she said about how the loss of her King caused me to be a little emotional and I shed a couple of tears.
    She also suggested a few things we might want to do and we decided that one of them was perfect for our afternoon.
    She guided us to a tuk-tuk and told the “pilot” our destination and fare.
    Her parting words to us were to so humbling. She thanked us again for wearing black but she also thanked me for showing my respect, for her Kings death and her country, with my tears. I about lost it. She hugged my wife, shook my hand and then disappeared into the masses.
    To say this moment has made a difference to our life is an understatement. Her words and grace are indelibly stamped within us.

  4. mbh
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    Thanks so much. I am going there in December for my first visit, and was wondering about how to behave and what I would find.

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  6. Ken
    Ken at |

    What about the islands in the south? Business as usual or have things been toned down there too?

  7. Dalo
    Dalo at |

    The Thai place a premium on courtesy and respect . If you wear black clothing or a black bow or armband it will be noticed and appreciated . Always remember that almost all Thai absolutely revere King Bhumibol (pronounced poom e pon ). So speak softly .
    DO NOT wear red and don’t talk about Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn .
    Be prepared to meet some good hearted people .

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  9. Sang Kancil Guru
    Sang Kancil Guru at |

    “Upon learning his rider was American the analogy became obvious to him: This was akin to September 11, 2001.”

    Such a ridiculous comparison. The death of one man, who has contributed to the culture of coups in Thailand by endorsing military junta governments, including the most recent one that displaced a democratically-elected govt, is no comparison to a cowardly attacked in which thousands of innocents died in the twin towers and on planes, where so many were forced to watch in horror as men and women jumped down from those towers knowing their certain deaths, but rather not facing it in a wall of incoming flames.

    1. Suwapol
      Suwapol at |

      Be respectful please.We the people just lost the greatest king in history and you there are bitching why are we sad without a thought.Is that a way to respect other people in this oh so great country of your?

      1. Sang Kancil Guru
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        Ridiculous to call him the “greatest king in history”. Everyone has a right to an opinion.