Following the death of King Bhumibol in October it was expected that this year’s new year celebrations would be slightly subdued and more low-key than in previous years. This has now been confirmed.
For example, there will be no organized countdown party and concert at South Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier tonight as usual. Furthermore, fireworks have reportedly been banned citywide this year – although it’s hard to believe that there will be no fireworks at all lightening up the sky at midnight.
On the positive side, there will still be some kind of new year festival – however not at Bali Hai Pier as usual, but on the so-called Naklua ‘Walking Street’ in the north of Pattaya.
On Saturday, November 19, starting from 6 p.m., Pattaya Beach Road will host a vigil to mourn the recent death of King Bhumibol on Pattaya Beach Road. Beach Road will be closed to traffic from the Dolphin Roundabout in the North to the entrance of Walking Street in the South from 3 p.m. in the afternoon.
Thai people and “foreign friends and families” have been invited to come together to “mourn and remember the Royal Grace” of the late king. Crowd estimates vary between 50,000 and 100,000, with tens of thousands of Thais expected to travel to Pattaya from Bangkok only.
The waiting has finally come to an end. After the Thai military government clarified earlier this month that the 30-day “entertainment ban” – announced shortly after the death of King Bhumibol in October – would not get extended after November 14, Pattaya nightlife will soon return to normal.
Entertainment activities like parties and music that were slightly toned down over the last four weeks can now resume as normal from Monday, November 14.
There will be no more restrictions either on entertainment events such as festivals and concerts. TV channels will also be allowed to fully resume their regular programs.
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