If you are traveling to Thailand soon, this news could affect you. The King of Thailand just passed away at the age of 88. Rest his soul. My mother and brother's family live in Bangkok where everybody's in mourning and sad.
Not only did the King inspire respect and loyalty all around him; he was also a strong supporter of sustainable conservation, wild animals and nature, some of the reasons why so many people visit Thailand. Thailand has a special place in my heart and I've loved sharing its national parks and natural sites with my girls.
However, a year-long mourning period has been declared by the government and nobody really knows what this means for travelers just yet. Check with your travel providers that planned activities are still on, especially around Loy Krathong (November 14, candle festival) and December 5 (the King's birthday, also National Day). It's possible that music, alcohol and festivals could be restricted or at least, subdued. The Royal Palace in Bangkok may be affected as well, though it's just a guess at this stage.