BANGKOK POST (Thailand)

BANGKOK – Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has landed in Thailand for her first trip abroad in 24 years. Upon arrival Tuesday, she was greeted at the airport by a swarm of media, as well as own compatriots, who have a strong immigrant presence in Thailand.

Her visit began with a morning tour of Myanmar immigrant workers in Mahachai, district of Samut Sakhon province (see video below).

The visit, which is expected to last four days, will include a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and other visits to Myanmar immigrant neighborhooods. "Thailand's workforce is heavily reliant on low-cost foreign workers, both legal and trafficked, with Myanmar nationals accounting for around 80 percent of the two million registered foreign workers in the kingdom," The Bangkok Post reports.

After Thailand, Aung San Suu Kyi is slated to travel on to Geneva, London and Oslo, where she will finally accept in person the Nobel Prize for Peace that she was awarded in 1991.

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