King Bhumbol Adulydej is gone but will never be forgotten. In the past few days a never-ending stream of well wishers have sent their condolences to me. Rest in peace, He was a great man, I am sure Thailand is in great pain. Message after message all showing respect for a man from people who only knew him from afar.
It is a muted time here in Thailand and I admit, I was more affected by the King's passing than I expected. A constant in Thailand for more than 70 years, he has been a constant in my own life here as well. Now, as a sign of respect, Thais and foreigners alike are dressed in black and white. Red and yellow replaced by black and white, a somber period in which people mourn and attempt to heal from their loss. Modern Thailand has only known King Bhumibol Adulydej.
Those foreign to Thailand, whether living in the country or outside of it, can never know how much he was loved.
We may think we know.
We do not.
We can only think we know.
Now I am beginning to get the inevitable questions:
"Should I still come to Thailand for my holiday? I paid for everything already."
"Am I going to be able to hang out in the bars and drink?"
"What's going to happen?"
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