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.
Aside from an official music program and video presentations on the main stage (Pattaya Klang intersection), mass singing of the Royal Anthem and a candle-lighting ceremony, there will be hundreds of food and beverage stalls along the beach road promenade. (Official program see below.)
As far as we know, bars along Pattaya Beach Road will be allowed to remain open during the event, however, alcohol sales will be off-limits and only soft drinks will be available (this only applies to venues in the immediate vicinity of Beach Road, not the rest of Pattaya.)
Anyone who wishes to join the huge public event is encouraged to arrive no later than 5 p.m. Parking will be available at over 20 locations around Pattaya such as shopping malls and public schools. Free shuttle bus service will also be available from parking areas not located within walking distance of the event, however only until 3 p.m. when Beach Road will be closed for traffic. (Please scroll down for the shuttle bus routes.)
As the event is expected to be respectful and solemn attendants have been advised to dress in black or subdued mourning colors, and also bring white candles with them to light during the ceremony.
“1,000 boats” are also expected to join the candle-lighting ceremony in Pattaya bay, so expect the event to become a breathtaking spectacle.