Bhumibol's reputation as "father of the nation" was burnished by a careful palace PR machine, while criticism of the king and key senior royals is banned under a tough lese majeste law.
Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday submitted the name of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to the nation's rubber-stamp parliament, paving the way for his endorsement as king several weeks after his father's death.
PM Narendra Modi halts at Bangkok en route Japan to pay respects to late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his way to Japan, arrived in the Thai capital on Thursday for a brief stopover to pay homage to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-ruling monarch, who died last month.
Modi was received at the airport by Thailand's Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.
World leaders and Thai people alike are mourning King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday at age 88, after 70 years on the throne
A Thai radio show host has been jailed for five years for royal defamation, his lawyer said on Tuesday, one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the draconian law since a May coup.