The Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has ventured outside Myanmar for the first time in 24 years. Fifteen of those years spent in captivity, as a political prisoner. She flew into Bangkok where she addressed thousands of Myanmar migrant Workers. She is due to give a speech at The World Economic Forum on Friday and then visit Switzerland, Norway and Britain next month.
Suu Kyi was greeted by about 2,000 Myanmar nationals in the Samut Sakhon province, in southwest of Bangkok where she stopped off to make an impromptu balcony speech, at The Migrant Workers' Rights Network.
Suu Kyi made a speech urging migrant workers to know their rights and promising to do her very best for all Myanmar people.
"You should also be aware of your own responsibilities which are to try and understand the law, so that when they are violated, you can make a complaint. You also need to know who to complain to. During the campaigning in Myanmar before the by-elections, I've said this time and again - I don't want to make promises. It's not good if you cannot keep your promises after you've made them. But I can make you one promise - I will try my very best."
This departure from Myanmar by Suu Kyi follows a year of dramatic change unthinkable in March 2011, when the former junta strongman Than Shwe made way for a government stacked with his protégés. The reformist President Thein Sein, then offered her the chance to contest a local by election, which has seen her elected to Parliament.
Written and Presented by Ann Salter