BANGKOK, May 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on her first foreign trip in more than two decades, arrived Tuesday in Bangkok for an economic forum, officials say.
The pro-democracy leader, elected to Parliament last month, is in Thailand to attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia that begins Wednesday, MCOT-TV reported.
Before the meeting, Suu Kyi is to visit the seaside province of Samut Sakhon, home of numerous Myanmar migrants.
The Human Rights and Development Foundation proposed the trip so Suu Kyi could see the working conditions of the migrant laborers working in fisheries, farming and furniture manufacturing industries.
HRDF says 210,000 Myanmar laborers are registered and 100,000 others are unregistered. Preeyaporn Khankamnerd, foundation coordinator, said the workers do not receive the same daily minimum wage or rights as Thai workers.
Suu Kyi is also scheduled to visit a housing project, shrimp market and Migrant Worker Rights Network learning center.
Following the meeting, Suu Kyi will visit a Mae La refugee camp in Tak province. The camp serves as temporary shelter for about 40,000 displaced persons originally from Myanmar, mainly of Karen ethnicity.
Suu Kyi, 66, spent 15 years in detention before being released from house arrest in November 2010.