His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช, passed away October 13, 2016 and is remembered as Thailand’s most beloved King. He was loved and adored by the people of Thailand and the mourning of this great King still continues today.
Thai people have a very tender ego and a deep sense of national independence, pride and dignity. When relating to them, it is best to avoid criticizing Thailand, Thai people and especially the King or Buddha. The respect for the Royal Family runs deep into Thai culture and they love their late King and Royal family. We should also show respect to members of the royal family as well. You should really not talk about the Royal family when Thais are present. Sometimes, even when we are trying to say something positive it may be misinterpreted and could offend Thai people. The National Anthem is played at 8am and 6pm and can be heard from government buildings, parks or university campuses, train stations and even many marketplaces. When you hear the anthem being played everyone stops what they are doing and stands still in honor and respect.
Respect must also be shown to anything that bears the likeness of the King which would include money, stamps, etc. Therefore, you should never step on a rolling coin or money to stop it. You should never disrespect the King, doing so could result in deportation or even severe prison sentences. A film clip of the King is shown before every movie played in theaters. All people must rise and remain standing until the end of the clip or you will be removed from the theater. Thais respect and would never say anything bad about their king or their kingdom, nor should foreigners. The love and respect of the Royal Family runs deep into the hearts of Thai people and many of those who call Thailand home. Our family mourns with the Thai people.