The 6 April is Chakri Memorial Day and a public holiday in Thailand. The main branches of banks and government offices will close to commemorate the establishment of Thailand’s current Royal House. Chakri Day remembers the day back in 1782 when King Rama I founded the Chakri Dynasty and the city which is now the nation’s capital, Bangkok.
Although banks and government offices will be shut, bureau de change offices and the bulk of commercial enterprises will open for business as usual. In Chiang Mai, probably the only difference between Chakri Day and a normal one is that there will be less traffic on the roads.
The city’s Three King’s Monument was built in honour of the founder of Chiang Mai, King Mengrai, and the rulers of two other 13th century kingdoms. Some Chiang Mai people lay flowers at the monument in a symbolic act in homage to the Chakri kings. The current King of Thailand will be laying wreaths at the statues of his ancestors at the Royal Pantheon in Bangkok’s Grand Palace.
Maha Vajiralongkorn is the tenth king to sit on the Chakri throne since Rama I established the dynasty. Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed king last December following the death of his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, seven weeks earlier.