|My first view of Bangkok in the early morning.|
I walked to the subway and saw only people dressed in black. There was no advertising on the trains. Even all the printed or digital ads seen at the escalators of the subway stations where blackened out. Everyone on the trains was dressed in black and there was not a single sound to be heard, except for the announcement of the next station. People walked out of the train and through the ticket machines and all you could hear from hundreds of people in the line was the monotone "beep"...."beep"..."beep" of the machine.
The first day in Bangkok basically set the tone for the the whole time I was there. Even when the official 30 days of mourning passed on the 14th November, it did not change.
The only people I saw in other colours where tourists, some had a black ribbon on their shirts, but a few were dressed in their bright green or orange t-shirts and shorts and they really looked out of place.
In the shopping malls even the models in the windows were dressed in black. At a first view, there were no other cloths on sale, than black, gray or white.
|Black and white flags on the streets.|
Many of my non-Thai friends back home felt that it was "a bit overdone", "overreacting", but it just felt right being there and one Thai woman said it with the best words possible in this situation "Let us just mourn!"
For me, Thailand will never be the same again. After the three and a half weeks, I left with a feeling that the "Land of Smiles" is no more.
|Shopping malls paying respect to the late King|
|Mostly people dressed in black|
|Condolence books in all malls|
|The Thai No. 9, for King Rama IX|
|Scenes from the late King's life displayed on the streets|
|Bangkok's second largest building with a black ribbon|
|Foreign tourists not behaving properly|