Dear Pattaya Mail,
As a guest in your country, I want to express my great sadness at the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was a wonderful king with many talents and was the father of the modern Thai nation. Although I am not Thai, I have loved Thailand for many years and I have always had the greatest respect for His Majesty. As you know, he was a fine musician and also a talented writer with a passion for science. Most important of all, he loved the people of Thailand and devoted his life to the Thai people. He had extraordinary wisdom and vision, far beyond the rest of us. These are rare and precious qualities. Everyone in Thailand knows the lovely songs that he wrote. Those songs will remain in the hearts of Thai people for years to come.
We all know that His Majesty has been ill for a long time, but his passing brings a huge sense of loss. He was the guiding light of the Thai nation. He will never be forgotten. He was one of the greatest people of all time.
Let us live our lives under the wise advice that he gave us.
Best wishes, but much sadness (and a few tears, I have to admit).