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Aussies urged to 'behave' in Thailand

AAP logoAAP 13/10/2016

Australians in Thailand are being urged to "behave" following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

An official one year mourning period has begun at a time of deep sorrow for Thai people, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday morning.

"You should abide by local laws and respect Thai customs at this time. Dress and behave appropriately," DFAT said on its website.

The world's longest serving monarch, 88, died on Thursday from illness.

Thais gathered outside Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital where the king had been treated for various ailments for much of the past decade.

Many sobbed loudly, clutching each other in anguish and shouting "Long live the king".

The Thai government has announced a one-year mourning period and a 30-day moratorium on state events.

Businesses, tourist attractions and public transport were expected to remain open on Friday because of the government's desire not to hurt the sputtering economy.

But DFAT warned some entertainment and tourist venues may be closed or otherwise disrupted.

It continues to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Thailand due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attacks.

Australian diplomatic missions in Thailand may close during the mourning period.

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