The following are my most popular tweets about Thailand for October 2017. They are not necessarily the most retweeted, nor are they in the order of the most retweeted. But they are the ones that got the most engagement on Twitter. The most popular day for my tweets was obviously 26th October, the cremation day for King Buhmibol. My tweets that day had 2.6 million impressions. The most popular tweet on that day had nearly 10,000 retweets.
1. The Bangkok Post did a good job in their graphics department during the Royal Cremation. This one was very popular.
2. Another popular infographic from the Bangkok Post. This one about the Royal Cremation Processions.
3. This is the moment picturing the cremation of the King Buhmibol.
4. Drones were banned from Sanam Luang during the five day royal funeral. But there were some authorized drone pilots shooting footage. This amazing photo is by Sakka Assadodorn.
5. Some beautiful shots of the Royal Crematorium just after the sun went down on the day of the cremation. These are screenshots from the live broadcast.
10:35pm No-one, including the media, seem to know if the actual cremation has been delayed or not and whether it will be televised. Standby. pic.twitter.com/eySypysSgN
6. The actual cremation was supposed to take place at 10pm. But a last minute decision saw eviction of all media from the cremation site. No-one knew what was going on until we later started to see smoke rising above the crematorium. Everyone was expecting the ceremony to be live on TV like at previous royal cremations.
7. Some more night shots of the crematorium as the sun went down. This building is not permanent and will be pulled down a month after the cremation.
8. On the 13th October, the logo of Google Thailand went black and they also added a black ribbon. This continued for the whole month.
9. The new King of Thailand taking part in the first of six processions during the royal funeral.
10. This tweet was from the start of the cremation day showing the removal of the royal urn. This is actually symbolic as the royal body had been quietly taken to the crematorium in a coffin the night before.
11. People started camping out to attend the funeral processions five days beforehand. Many couldn’t enter the area as the sidewalks were all fall.
12. These are some of the foreign royals and other dignitaries that attended the royal cremation service.
13. Some more pictures from the royal cremation processions. This is the start of the second procession.
14. Another beautiful night shot of the Royal Crematorium. This one was taken from Rama VIII bridge using a long lens. It was taken earlier in the month when the scaffolding was still up.
15. This shows the royal urn at the Royal Crematorium being transferred to the top. Notice the hand-cranked lift.
16. Soke rising above the crematorium on Sanam Luang.
17. The royal urn being prepared for the first procession.
18. The procession which took the royal urn around the crematorium three times in an anti-clockwise direction.
19. Not surprisingly, the trending hashtags during October were all about King Buhmibol. Twitter even added black ribbons to the tweets with these hashtags.
20. The final of my most popular tweets from October was again taken during the cremation day on 26 October. This one is from the second procession.
Thanks to everyone who engaged with my tweets during October. I got an average of 3,000 retweets per day, 473 likes per day and 41 replies per day. The majority of my tweets are about Thailand, where I have lived for twenty three years. I tweet the good, the bad and the ugly about the country, but as many people have noted, I mainly only see the good. Please don’t blame me for that. I don’t get paid to tweet, nor do I accept payment for tweets. If I like it, I will tweet it. If you have an upcoming event or have opened a new attraction that might be of interest, then please let me know. See you on Twitter at @RichardBarrow.