Higher Security At The Chao Phraya River During Royal Funeral
Visitors at the Chao Phraya riverside hotel will be happy to know that there will be stricter security measures planned for the upcoming funeral of the late King this coming October. According to the Marine Department, they have already devised a plan in place to be implemented during the funeral rites of His Majesty. The plan will ensure that the river will have better security.
Sornsak Saensombat, the director general of the department, said that the cremation rites will be happening at the Sanam Luang from the 25th of October until the 27th. The added security is necessary because it is estimated that around 60,000 people will be commuting through boat and road to witness the rites every day.
The department is the one in charge of the security details for the river and Mr. Sornsak announced that certain parts of the Chao Phraya will not be accessible on October 25 from noon until 9 PM, on October 26 from 6 AM until 11 PM and on October 27 from 8 AM until 2 PM.
The restricted area will cover the northern part of the Krung Thon Bridge until the southern part of the King Taksin Bridge.
During the dates and times indicated, the inaccessible areas will not allow passage to vessels, tugboats as well as ocean liners that are carrying risky cargoes.
Mr. Sornsak added that all vessels will not be given access to anchor in the restricted area unless the vessel belongs to agencies of the state that are directly involved in the royal cremation rites.
The Chao Phraya Express Boat has been notified that it is not allowed to anchor temporarily at the piers located in ThaRajinee, ThaPhraArthit and Tha Chang. Their allocated stops will be at the Thewes pier located in the north while in the south it is allowed to anchor at the TaladYodpimarn.
All visitors and guests staying at the Chao Phraya riverside hotel should also take note of the piers where the ferries will be allowed to anchor in order to ensure their travels are not in any way affected.