Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit Thailand next week in first trip abroad in decades
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening of a National League for Democracy office in Yangon Monday
May 24th, 2012
01:24 AM ET

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit Thailand next week in first trip abroad in decades

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first trip outside the country in more than two decades when she visits Thailand next week to attend a regional conference, a spokesman for her party said Thursday.

Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who endured years of house arrest under Myanmar's military rulers, will travel to the Thai capital of Bangkok on Monday where she will participate in the World Economic Forum on East Asia, said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy.

The visit to Bangkok comes ahead of a longer trip to Europe next month during which Suu Kyi will make a series of key addresses, including the acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize that she was prevented from collecting in 1991 because she was in detention.

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  1. AlanG

    Is travelling from Myanmar to Thailand really classed as 'going abroad'?

    May 24, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Not much of a 'going abroad' travel, you'r right.
    However I wish her luck and hope she inspires people struggling against oppression elsewhere.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chumlee

    And now can the refugees from Burma who are in the US living off of US taxpayers please return to Burma.

    We do not need any more government dependents, especially refugees from othercountries. These people are cowards
    who do not fight for their countries. The should follow in the steps of Kyi – as far as Burma is concern. Go back and
    fight your own battles, and leave the US

    May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dippity Do

      It's not Burma anymore, sparky. Just like Thailand isn't Siam anymore. Good morning! Welcome to the 21st century!

      May 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    If we start listing countries from where refugees come to US including dissidents we encourage and start sending them back, we would be hard put to do so even in decades.

    May 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And arent the majority of US citizens refugees OR decendants of refugees? I thought that was the whole basis of America!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |